West Warwick man appears on NBC's 'The Voice' and picks Gwen Stefani as coach

A man with Rhode Island roots appeared on NBC's "The Voice" Tuesday night.

Johnny Gates, 32, hails from West Warwick, but has been pursuing a music career in Los Angeles.

Ahead of the show, NBC "leaked" his blind audition on YouTube. Gates sang "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart and got three of the four coaches to turn their chairs.

After a brief debate, Gates picked pop star Gwen Stefani as his coach.

"Your voice is incredible," remarked Stefani about Gates's performance.

Despite their disappointment, the other coaches praised Gates.

"We'd go crazy with our voices together," said Alicia Keys, making the pitch for her team. "Crazy!"

Blake Shelton compared Gates's stage presence to Mick Jagger.

"He's got the moves like Jagger, right?" joked Shelton, referencing a song by Adam Levine's group Maroon 5.

Levine is the one coach who didn't turn for Gates.

NBC 10 caught up with Gates and his family at their West Warwick home, where he and his loved ones watched the show Tuesday night.

"I started to literally get nervous again watching it because I feel, like, a chair didn't turn for the first 15 or 20 seconds," Gates said.

But it was only a matter of time before Stefani made a move.

"I really loved the fact that she was the first one to hit that button," Gates said. "I feel like we have a shot at winning this thing."

Forty-eight artists selected by the coaches will compete in a series of elimination rounds until one is named "The Voice" in the season finale.

Troy Ramey, who graduated from Rogers High School in Newport, turned heads -- and all four chairs -- on Monday night's show. He sang "Wild World" by Cat Stevens and chose to be on Stefani's team.

Ramey now makes his base in New York.

"The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC 10.

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