5 Facts About The Voice’s Corey Ward: If He Looks Familiar, It’s Because…

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One of the most memorable auditions from The Voice Season 20 premiere came from Corey Ward. The singer performed “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn and turned two chairs.

Corey ended up joining Kelly Clarkson’s team. He might look familiar if you watched the show last season. Read on to learn more about Corey, including his beautiful relationship with his mom.

5 Facts About ‘The Voice’ Star Corey Ward

Corey Auditioned For The Show Last Season

Corey tried out for Season 19 of The Voice, singing “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo. Unfortunately, he didn’t turn any of the coach’s chairs. Gwen Stefani complimented his “gravel,” but didn’t hear the range in his voice.

The coaches encouraged him to keep trying, and that’s exactly what he did when he returned for the next season. Before leaving his first audition, Corey said, “I always want to grow.” For his Season 20 audition, Corey said the key was “staying true to who I am.”

His Mom Is Battling Cancer

Corey’s mom Donna has been battling cancer since June 2019. In November 2020, they shared an update on Instagram. Donna shared that her last scan, of her lungs and abdomen, came back clear with no signs of cancer.

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Corey’s mom was supposed to watch his previous audition virtually, but had to be rushed to the hospital. This time, she got to see him perform. The singer called The Voice a reason to celebrate and “have light in dark times.”

Corey Ward Is In A Cover Band

Corey and three of his friends in North Carolina have a cover band called Oakcty. They perform popular songs from the ’80s, ’90s, and today, at events like weddings and birthday parties. They’ve also performed gigs at sports bars.

Corey has posted several covers on his Instagram, including a performance of “Hallelujah” in tribute to his mom. He’s also collaborated with fellow musicians for some amazing covers.

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In the video above, he teams up with singer Christina Munsey for a performance of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. We’d love to hear him sing this on The Voice this season.

Corey Made Friends On ‘The Voice’

Although he didn’t make it through last season on The Voice, Corey told a local radio station that he became “really close” with some of his fellow contestants. Some of his favorites from the season were Cami Clune and Ian Flanigan. “I love them all,” he said.

Keep watching The Voice this season to see Corey Ward return for the Battles on Team Kelly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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