If you thought that Australians didn’t love their fair share of country music, think again…
Of course, Keith Urban is the most prominent Aussie country artist (he was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia), and now, he’s a judge on The Voice Australia.
But this blog isn’t about Keith… I need to introduce you to Lane Pittman.
The 15-year-old took the stage on The Voice Australia, rocking a sweet mullet that would make the ’90s country greats proud.
He then proceeded to sing a moving rendition of Luke Combs’ hit song “Even Though I’m Leaving,” off of his 2019 album What You See Is What You Get.
Needless to say, judges Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy, and Guy Sebastian all turned their chairs for the young country singer, as the crowd went wild.
When Urban asked Pittman why he chose the song, he responded:
“So about three, nearly four years ago, my Dad passed away. So, that song kind of hits home with the lyrics and really makes me think of him.”
Which completely made sense to Keith, who responded:
“That makes all the sense to me right there because when you started singing, you had a really beautiful tone and it felt like you really knew what the song is about. It was a bit shaky with the pitch and everything, but that’s why, I so understand that.
I can work with that with you and I would love to have you on my team.”
Lastly, judge Guy Sebastian had a lot of praise for not only his voice, but his mullet:
“About three words in the audience were sold and you just know when you’re listening to someone who’s singing with honesty. You were just expressing something and I felt it. I was brought in, I want in.
I think you’re fantastic. You got a sick mullet, personally, I don’t think I got my first chest pube until I was in my twenties. You’ve got a full mullet at 15, I don’t know how these country kids, they’re bred differently, you really are.”
After some thought, Pittman decided to pick Urban as his coach moving forward (obvious decision).