Adam Levine bonds with LDS dad over fatherhood during ‘The Voice’ audition


Dave Crosby kisses his 4-year-old daughter Claire on the cheek after she sang “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” for the judges on NBC’s “The Voice.” Dave Crosby turned three chairs before his daughter was invited on stage to perform. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

Dave Crosby is stepping into the spotlight after spending nearly two years letting his daughter shine.

On Monday night, Crosby turned three chairs during the blind auditions on NBC’s “The Voice” and ultimately chose to join Team Adam. Crosby is known for his viral YouTube videos where he performs songs with his 4-year-old daughter Claire Crosby. Earlier in September, Claire and Dave Crosby performed at the 13th Annual Harvest Moon Hurrah in Spanish Fork, Utah.

For his audition, Dave Crosby sang “I Will Follow You into the Dark.”

Just 20 seconds into his performance, coach Adam Levine turned his chair, a gesture on the show saying Levine wanted Crosby on his team.

“I turned around kind of impulsively because I think responding to beautiful music should be an impulsive decision,” Levine said. “The purity and the beauty of your voice is irreplaceable and I really want to be a part of that.”

At the last second, both Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus turned their chairs to compete to persuade Crosby to join their team.

“We were all trying to poker face it. We just tricked each other for so long,” Cyrus said following the performance.

Jennifer Hudson was the only judge who didn’t turn around for the audition, but expressed her regret and complained that the other judges had tricked her with their expressionless faces. Despite not being in the battle, Hudson asked Dave Crosby why he had chosen to come on the show.

“I’d kind of given up music when I held my little daughter for the first time, and she turned out to be an incredible little singer for a 4-year-old,” Dave Crosby answered.

When Crosby told his motivation for coming on the show, Levine recognized Dave Crosby from the father-daughter duo singing Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” The viral video has nearly 17 million views on YouTube.

“When I had my baby girl, that was one of the most amazing moments of my life and someone sent me that video and I lost it,” Levine said. “I’m so happy you realized that you should never have given up on this because if you had given up on this, that never would have happened. What a beautiful thing. I can’t believe it’s you, that dude from that video sitting in front of me right now.”

The judges then invited Claire on stage to sing the song. Levine and the other judges were on the edge of their seats.

“I’m obsessed with her,” Cyrus said after Claire joined her father on stage to sing.

As Claire left the stage so that her father could choose a coach, Shelton joked, “Dave, I want you on my team, but I would really like to have her.”

Later Shelton added: “It’s like your voice has its own echo chamber. However you mastered that, I’d love to have you on my team. We’ll get you going as an artist and then we’ll co-manage your daughter.”

In the end, Levine persuaded Dave Crosby to join his team after the two bonded over fatherhood.

“It was one of the coolest moments of my life personally,” Dave Crosby said on the family’s YouTube channel. “I know it was a small moment compared to what (Claire) has done, but for me that was incredible.”

Dave Crosby advances to the battle round of “The Voice.”

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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