As The Voice Season 17 continues, artist Ricky Duran is emerging as a star. The 29-year-old turned all four coaches’ chairs with his blind audition to “River” by Leon Bridges. He chose to join Team Blake, and we have a feeling he could go far in the competition.
Read on to find out more about Ricky’s history with music, as well as his journey so far on The Voice. After his big win in the Battle rounds, we can’t wait to see how he does in the Knockouts.
Who Is Ricky Duran Of ‘The Voice’?
Ricky is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, but recently moved to Austin, Texas. He credits his father for giving him his love of music. The two played in a band together when Ricky was in high school, and his dad later managed Ricky’s own band when he attended Berklee College of Music.
As Ricky shared before his blind audition, he lost his father to suicide shortly after graduating. Then, this year, his mother passed away from breast cancer. “I just feel like it’s meant to be and I think my mom and dad are watching,” Ricky said before his audition. “I wish I could tell them that I’m going to go out there and sing the song for them.”
What Is Ricky’s History With Music?
In 2017, Ricky released two singles — “Tattoo Tears” and “Dreamin’.” Ricky wrote “Tattoo Tears” about a friend who died by suicide. Ricky has also performed with a band called the Blue Light Bandits, who released an album in 2017. Also in 2017, Ricky toured with singer Leroy Sanchez on his “Man of the Year” tour.
Ricky also has a YouTube channel where he posts covers and original songs. Check out his performance of “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse and his medley of Bruno Mars songs. The singer describes his style as a “melting pot,” listing blues, pop, and soul as his biggest influences. As for his favorite artists, Ricky lists Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, John Mayer, and Bruno Mars.
Ricky’s Journey On ‘The Voice’ So Far
Not only did Ricky turn all four chairs during his blind audition, but all the judges gave him a standing ovation. Ricky chose to join Team Blake, later explaining, “He’s worked with different artists in all different genres. And I figured maybe I’d stand out on his team because I was sure he was going to get a lot of country people. I’d doubt he’d have a lot of people that would be in the R&B genre.”
In the Battles, Ricky went up against Marina Chello in a performance of “Valerie” by the Zutons. Blake chose Ricky as the winner of the battle, but he also chose to save Marina. (Kelly tried to steal her, but Marina stayed with Blake.) They’ll both move on to the Knockout rounds.
Do you think Ricky will go far in the competition? Would you have chosen him as the winner of his battle against Marina? Let us know in the comments.