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Julie Roberts, a former country success that had a record deal (with Mercury Nashville in 2004), a Gold self-titled debut, a Top 20 hit (‘Break Down Here’) and late night TV appearances (shown during her per-audition interview) — tried out for a spot on 'The Voice' during Monday’s Season 4 Blind Auditions. But she didn’t make it through.
Dressed in red, Roberts shared her rags to riches to rags history, where she started out as her label’s receptionist, got signed, had success and then lost it all when her follow-up (2006′s ‘Men & Mascara’) tanked. She lost her home in a flood in Nashville and was eventually dropped. She also has MS, so things have been tough since her first taste of success.
The songstress, who revealed how she had met Blake Shelton, boldly sang his song ‘God Gave Me You.’ Given her experience and her past, she was expected to knock it out of the park, but her vocals were tinny, off-time and incredibly shaky.
None of the judges — not even Shelton — turned around during her performance. When the coaches did meet her, Shelton instantly recognized Roberts and knew her name, and felt guilty for not picking her, despite the fact that her audition hovered at average… at best.
-Taste of Country