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A Bluffton resident who goes by the single name Stee made his singing debut on NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night with a version of Maroon 5’s “Sugar” that got the attention of all four celebrity coaches.
The reality television show started its 24th season on Sept. 25. Monday night’s episode featured contestants performing “blind auditions” behind the backs of the coaches who must decide whether they want the singer on their team.
Legend was the first to turn his chair, followed closely by Gwen Stefani. Then, Niall Horan and Reba McEntire soon followed. As part of the game play, Horan was blocked by Legend.
McEntire noted Stee’s ease on stage.
“Love your dance moves. You’ve got the whole package,” she said. “This is not your first rodeo. How long you been singing?”
Stee told her he had been performing professionally since the age of 14.
He is the son of the son of Sterlin and Shuvette Colvin, who are prominent performers in their own right on the Hilton Head music scene and co-owners of the restaurant Kind of Blue on the island’s south end. The Colvins were backstage for Stee’s television debut.
Formed in 2015, The Ear Candy Band also includes Stee’s sister. Monday night’s episode was Stee’s first time performing without his band or his sister, he said.
“Stee’s a star,” Sterlin Colvin said before his son took the stage. “When he performs, he’s electric.”
After singing, Stee told the coaches that he dedicated his appearance on the show to his cousin Matthew, who passed away three weeks before filming and was a fan of Legend.
Stee and Ear Candy are scheduled for at least seven upcoming shows on Hilton Head. Those are:
Kind of Blue, 19 Dunnagans Alley on Hilton Head: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21; 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23; and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12
“The Voice” airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC. Episodes are available on Peacock the next day.
Blind auditions are expected to continue through the Oct. 16 episode before team competition begins.