(AP) – Barron-born country singer Chris Kroeze advanced to the final 11 on NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night following a moving performance dedicated to his hometown and missing Barron girl Jayme Closs Monday.
Kroeze performed the Beatles’ classic “Let It Be” for its “good message of hope” while his hometown of 3,800 is still reeling from the shocking murder of James and Denise Closs and the disappearance of their daughter Jayme, 13, last month.
Like Kroeze’s father, James and Denise Closs were longtime employees of Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron.
“Barron has always been there for me, and I have an opportunity to be there for them,” Kroeze said on Monday’s show.
Following his performance Monday, the first of the night, judge and coach Adam Levine told Kroeze he was jealous of his raspy voice.
“It was awesome man,” Levine said. “Really, really heartfelt.”
Kroeze, a full-time Barron-based musician for about seven years, has been a star player on coach Blake Shelton’s team since his blind audition with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy.”
He won the battle round, and technically lost the knockout round when Shelton used a coin flip to make his decision. Shelton kept Kroeze on his team anyway, using his save power.
He first performed live on “The Voice” last week, advancing to this week’s shows thanks to viewer votes. Votes kept Kroeze in the competition again Tuesday.
He’ll next perform on “The Voice” on Nov. 26.