Rock music had its turn in the spotlight on this season of NBC’s The Voice, thanks in large part to contestant Huntley. The Virginia blues-rocker, who goes by one name, was crowned the winner of Season 24 on Tuesday night (December 19th) after performing a number of rock songs throughout the competition, including Creed’s “Higher” in the finale.
The 33-year-old father of two sang “Higher” on Monday during night one of the two-part finale, lending his powerful and soulful rasp to the monster Creed hit. The 1999 song is having a moment in 2023, having also been used as a rallying cry for World Series champions the Texas Rangers.
On Tuesday night, Huntley was named The Voice champion, winning the national vote over runner-up Ruby Leigh, a 16-year-old country singer.
Huntley wowed the coaches throughout Season 24, beginning with a rousing rendition of The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels” during the blind auditions — earning a four-chair turn from John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan, and Reba McEntire. He brought his 6-year-old daughter Stella up onstage to help him pick his coach, and she ultimately chose Horan.
Other songs Huntley performed in the various rounds included Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Hold My Hand,” Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and the Joe Cocker version of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.” He also duetted with Horan on the Bob Dylan classic “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” during Tuesday night’s episode.
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Huntley’s win comes as Creed are set to have a huge year in 2024. The band is reuniting for their first shows in more than 10 years, beginning with a pair of cruises in April, and followed by a full-scale North American tour in the summer. Tickets are available here.
Watch Huntley perform “Higher” and learn that he’s the winner of The Voice in the clips below.