In a heartwarming moment that left many viewers reaching for tissues, 20-year-old Dylan Carter graced “The Voice” stage on Monday, delivering a powerful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Look to You.” What set this performance apart, however, was the emotional backstory that went along with it.
Dylan shared in his video introduction that he had previously attempted to sing this very Whitney Houston classic at his mother’s funeral. Unfortunately, the weight of grief had overwhelmed him, preventing him from finishing the song. That evening, his goal was to honor his mother and finish the song, providing a second opportunity to make her proud. There’s no denying that he succeeded, as he received four chair turns for his performance.
Among the coaches, country music legend Reba McEntire was visibly moved by Dylan’s performance. The emotional depth of the song clearly touched her heart. Struggling to hold back tears, Reba remarked, “I saw it and I felt it. I heard it when you were singing. That’s the kind of songs that make …. that do that to me, too.”
“Because I saw you get so emotionally involved. And that’s when you know you’ve got a great song and a great singer, when it touches your heart,” she added.
Reba took this opportunity to create a personal connection with Dylan, sharing a touching story of her early career journey with her own mother, recounting how her mother had supported her own dreams. The emotional connection between the two was unmistakable, and it came as no surprise when Dylan chose Reba as his coach, filling the last slot on Team Reba for Season 24.