His audition: Johnny Hayes, 29, of Mobile, Ala., auditioned with Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” He earned quick chair turns from Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani. Adam recognized Johnny immediately as a returning artist from Season 11. Johnny joined Team Adam.
His background: Johnny auditioned for Season 11 with the Chris Stapleton song “Traveller” and failed to turn a chair. But he said he walked away with a lot of good advice. Alicia, in particular, suggested he select a song that had more to do with his story. Prior to this season, Johnny had been working with his dad’s landscaping company. Johnny also credits wife Meredith for being a constant source of support. As for Alicia’s advice: Johnny says “Try a Little Tenderness” is the song he and Meredith “fell in love to.”
What the show didn’t show:
* In high school, his interests were split between the school choir and athletics, according to his Facebook bio.
* It’s while attending the University of Alabama and performing in nearby bars that he became serious about pursuing music.
* It was also during that time that Johnny released his first EP, a project he recorded in a buddy’s basement. You can head here to listen.
* He’s lead vocalist for Johnny and the Loveseats, which he describes as a “rock and soul band.”
* At 23, he headed to Nashville and began busking as a way to get attention. He eventually released another EP, the four-track “Notes for Her” in 2012. It doesn’t appear to be available on iTunes.
* During that time he also collaborated with Irish singer-songwriter Kurtis Murphy as Folks and Ghosts. They released a song called “Ghosts” in 2013. Again, it doesn’t appear to be available on iTunes.
* He also released an official music video for a song called “Roll Home, Baby” about three years ago. The song features Lynyrd Skynyrd’s lead guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka.
* In a conference call with the media, Johnny said since he started watching the show, Adam’s always been the coach he thought he’d pick, though Alicia would be a nice fit as well because of her R&B leanings. When his mom started urging him to pick Adam from backstage, that sealed the deal, Johnny said.
“I Can’t Get Enough” (Johnny and the Loveseats)
“Roll Home, Baby” (Johnny and the Loveseats)