LOS ANGELES (WATE) – A Knoxville native won NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday.
Cokesbury United Methodist Church worship leader Chris Blue is celebrating his win. The singer was on Alicia Key’s team. It was her second season as a coach on the show and her time winning.
She tweeted: “From the moment I heard your blind audition, I knew you could go all the way.”
Blue’s journey started on stage at Cokesbury United Methodist.
“That music just flows out of him and flows through him. And God flows through him and so it’s very powerful,” said Brent Ronald from the congregation.
For weeks the church has been hosting watch parties, praying, and praising Blue on his success on this season’s The Voice.
“To hear his name announced last night it just, it was awesome,” added Ronald.
It’s been a challenging walk to fame representing his family, church, community and God.
“Chris has been able to navigate all of that by keeping his priorities, his priorities,” said Ronald.
He says each song Blue showcased on The Voice shows who he truly is.
“I think when he sang ‘Take Me to the King,’ that was powerful and that was his heart.”
Cokesbury United Methodist Church is proud, grateful and full of love for this young man who turned big orange country, blue.
“It’s really hard to tell what the future holds for him but what I do know is that Chris is always going to try and glorify God,” said Ronald.
Part of winning The Voice means Blue receives a record deal and $100,000 prize. Blue’s church family says while they’re not sure what kind of album he’ll be releasing, he is planning a wedding with his fiancee for this summer.
Big names in Knoxville also congratulated him on Twitter, including Coach Butch Jones and Mayor Madeline Rogero.