This week on The Voice, Scottish rocker Terry McDermott battled country singer Casey Muessigmann for Team Blake on the Kansas hit “Carry on Wayward Son”.
To kick of the next stage of The Voice this week, Blake Shelton chose Terry McDermott and Casey Muessigmann as his first battle. Although Terry and Casey come from two different sides of the musical tracks – McDermott a rocker and Casey a country singer – the two team mates gave fans and the coaches one hell of a performance.
At 34-years of age, however, Terry McDermott’s victory was more due to experience over the less seasoned 22-year old Casey. Still, their version of “Carry on Wayward Son” was one of the most memorable battles of the night.
With the first battle behind him, how did Terry feel about going up against Casey?
“First of all, I though casey did a tremendous job,” McDermott told The Deadbolt this week. “I knew the first time I heard him sing the song that I had a real challenge on my hands. For me, I guess in an ironic way, Casey pushed me to dig deeper for the performance. In that regard, I’m not sure it took me to a new place but certainly a better place when you’ve got someone so talented next to you.”
Originally from Scotland, Terry moved to the States years ago with his band, Driveblind, but is now trying to make it as a solo artist.
Coming to The Voice from New Orleans, Terry has years of experience on his side. However, it’s a whole different ballgame when trying to hit a vocal home-run as a solo singer without a band for support.
How hard was it for Terry to fit into The Voice battle format of two singers competing against each other?
“I think it’s fun,” added McDermott to The Deadbolt. “You have to remember that there’s a lot on the line, but it’s just a game. It’s fun. Nobody’s trying to do anyone harm and everyone wishes each other well. There’s great camradere and great atmosphere with everyone on the show. We all know the way it stands, that at some point maybe your number’s up and the people making the decisions choose somebody else. If you can let that go and remember that it’s not life and death, you can enjoy it for what it is.”
How do you like Terry’s chances this season on The Voice?