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"The Voice" Contestant

Gyth Rigdon, the son of American Quarter Horse trainer Paul Rigdon, is a contestant in four-time Emmy Award-winning television show “The Voice” on NBC.

Singer, Louisiana, native Gyth grew up helping at his dad’s training operation and was a familiar face at Louisiana racetracks; Paul has saddled more than 1,500 starters that have earned more than $2.5 million in their careers. Gyth says his dad was instrumental in encouraging his music career dream.

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Voice Contestant - Gyth Rigdon

Audition song: "Drift Away"
Team: Blake Shelton

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Taste of Country - Gyth Rigdon

The Voice Season 16 kicked off Monday (Feb. 25), featuring veteran coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson, with new coach John Legend joining the crew for the first time. Legend was very much the focus of the evening, with an opening montage spoofing a "first day at school" for him, and moving on to every single one of his fellow coaches blocking him the very first episode!

That said, one of these blocks came right off the bat from Shelton, who inexplicably felt a bit of intimidation at the very first singer's go. That vocalist was 24-year-old Gyth Rigdon, who hails from a "little, bitty, small town" in Lousiana. "Our 'Welcome' sign and our 'Come back' sign's on the same sign," he joked, adding, "I grew up with horses, cows, pigs, dogs."

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Voice contestant Gyth Rigdon talks to 7News Sunrise

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Southwest Louisiana musician Gyth Rigdon is living his dream.

Gyth is no stranger to hard work after growing up on his family’s racehorse farm in Singer. He says he found his musical calling at 15, when he joined the family campfire jam session. At 17, his father booked him a three-hour show at a biker bar—and he has been playing gigs there ever since.

Gyth took his show on the road for a few years and came back a hometown hero after sharing the stage with artists such as Jake Owen and Gary Allen.

Since premiering on The Voice, Rigdon said his phone has not stopped ringing.

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PROUD DAD CAN’T HOLD BACK TEARS AFTER BLAKE TURNS CHAIR FOR SON’S ‘VOICE’ BLIND AUDITION

Following the evening’s first audition, coach Blake used his only block on Legend to prevent him from acquiring the talent of 24-year old Gyth Rigdon for his team.

Rigdon, who hails from Singer, Louisiana, mostly sings country music, but chose to audition with the classic soul song “Drift Away,” made popular by Dobie Gray in 1973

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Gyth Rigdon Bio - The Voice

Team Blake

Age: 24
Hometown: Singer, Louisiana
Resident: Singer, Louisiana

Gyth is no stranger to hard work after growing up on his family's racehorse farm. A typical morning started at 5 a.m., with feeding, washing and training 27 horses. Gyth found his musical calling at 15, when he joined the family campfire jam session. At 17, his father booked him a three-hour show at a biker bar - and he has been playing gigs there ever since.

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THIS MAY BE THE SEXIEST COUNTRY VOICE YOU NEVER HEARD OF

This might be the sexiest voice you’ve never heard on the country music scene right now.

Gyth Rigdon doesn’t hit a false note in his debut album, and his single “Body Language” is the kind of song that can make country music fans pay attention.

A Louisiana native, the 22 year-old says he was inspired to start singing by his dad. Growing up, Gyth worked on a race horse farm and turned to music as a way to relax and unwind. He knew music was both his first love and his dream, so he made the leap and moved to Nashville straight out of high school.

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GYTH RIGDON, FROM DERIDDER, LOUISIANA

Gyth Rigdon is no ordinary Louisiana country boy. Born on February 2, 1994 he was raised working from sun up to sun down on a southern Louisiana race horse farm in a small town called singer, Gyth was by far a stranger to the grueling work scene. When his day’s work was done, that’s when he found himself behind his six string Takamine guitar strumming the tunes that had been playing over and over in his head all day long. Thats when the ink met the paper and words met the rhythm for this young musician.

Gyth started singing and playing music at the age of three years old, by the time he was eight he was singing in church, private parties, and talent shows. Gyth's love for music has always been so sincere and second to nothing. Gyth graduated in May of 2012 from a small southern Louisiana school. Throughout Gyth's school years there was never any rest; it was work by day and music by night. His dedication and relentless effort in becoming a professional musician is the very reason his dream is coming alive.

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Get to Know 2017 Nash Next Finalist Gyth Rigdon

The 2017 Nash Next challenge is down to 10 finalists, and in the lead-up to the announcement of the champion on Nov. 1, NCD will be profiling each of the 10 finalists.

Today, we are getting to know finalist Gyth Rigdon.

In May, Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group invited aspiring country artists and bands to participate in Nash Next 2017, a grassroots talent search and artist development program for country music. Sponsored nationally by Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, the winner of the competition will receive a recording contract with Nash Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group and garner substantial exposure, commensurate with a major-label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

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