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Fort Worth's Luke Wade wows coaches and nation on NBC's The Voice

Fort Worth's Luke Wade wows coaches and nation on The Voice

Luke Wade and his band, No Civilians, have slowly but surely been making a name for themselves in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But with Wade's widely praised audition on the season premiere of NBC's The Voice, he may just be ready for the big time.

Wade sang Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is," a good choice for the soulful singer who describes himself as "Ray LaMontagne with the showmanship of Bruce Springsteen."

Almost immediately, all four coaches — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani — turned around their signature chairs to get a better look at the person behind the distinctive voice. After a standing ovation and a few minutes of playful arguing between the coaches, Wade ultimately chose Pharrell.

In a promo video, Wade says that he chose to go on The Voice to try and gain more exposure for himself and his Fort Worth-based band. He also hopes that a win on the reality show will allow them to travel to shows a bit easier instead of continuing to put 50,000-100,000 miles on his car every year.

As luck would have it, Luke Wade & No Civilians are scheduled to perform — for free, no less — at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Patio Sessions on Thursday, October 9, alongside Kirk Thurmond. They will also perform at the Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth on October 10.

Luke Wade on The Voice
Luke Wade wowed the coaches with his audition on The Voice Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC