An acoustic guitar played the opening notes of Ryan Quinn's blind audition for "The Voice," just a few bars of introduction. Then Quinn began to sing. He was only two lines into Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" when Christina Aguilera turned her chair around, already sure she wanted that voice on her team. Her hasty reaction says it all: this guy is that good.
Quinn easily hit the high notes of the difficult song then effortlessly moved into a stronger, richer sound. "Wow," commented Pharrell Williams, twice. "Wow." A few more lines into the song, and both Williams and third judge Adam Levine turned their chairs around, almost in unison.
When Quinn really opened up his voice to showcase his four-octave range, fourth and final judge Blake Shelton turned his chair around to watch the bespectacled 25-year-old. It was the only time that evening that all four judges competed for a team member.
By the time Quinn lowered his mic, all four judges -- and everyone in the audience -- were standing and applauding his performance. When things settled down, it was time for the judges to convince Quinn to choose one of them to be his coach for the remainder of "The Voice."
"I'm a dude with a high voice," said Levine. "And when you've got me going, like, damn that's really high, I can assure you that's really high."
Aguilera told Quinn, "I've been around some of the best singers in the world, and man, you are one of those voices that needs to be heard, worldwide."
The judges were also impressed with Quinn's day job, as a music teacher at a school for traumatized kids. "The fact that you were so wise to take your gift and channel it to help others -- there's nothing that's gonna go wrong for you. Goodwill is always rewarded in the end," Williams said.
Quinn took a moment to decide which coach to choose, with the judges pleading for him to choose them. When Quinn finally chose Levine, Aguilera pouted, "You just broke my heart. Did you come here to break my heart, Ryan?"
"Ryan's amazing," Levine said in a post-audition interview. "He's got, probably, better range than I do. The power and finesse in that guy's voice is pretty miraculous."