Carter Rubin brought his coach Gwen Stefani to tears with an emotional rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Rainbow Connection” on The Voice.
Rubin dedicated his performance to his older brother, Jack, who is autistic.
The iconic song is one that means a lot to Stefani and she couldn’t hold back her tears as he performed.
“Oh my God. Your mom is crying. I’m crying. I sing that song to my kids, all millions of the children that I have,” Stefani said tearfully. “That was flawless, that was God answering my prayers. That was so beautiful.”
“I am so honored that you picked me. I love this frickin’ show,” Stefani added.
Stefani later gushed on Twitter saying, “your performance made me so happy!”
“Rainbow Connection,” which was originally included in the 1979 film The Muppet Movie, is the title track to Nelson’s 49th studio album. The album was recorded at Nelson’s ranch in Spicewood, Texas from December 2000 to January 2001. The album was nominated for Country Album Of The Year at the 2001 GRAMMYs.
Nelson performed the track during the 2019 CMA Awards alongside Kacey Musgraves.
Earlier in the show, Stefani revealed that Blake Shelton’s mom Dorothy keeps texting her during The Voice shows telling her how much she loves Rubin and how she wants him to win the show.
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