If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, then you’ve probably seen the viral video of a father and daughter riding around in their car as the dad croons the country classic “Tennessee Whiskey.” Since posting the clip, the video has received more than 35 million views and even caught the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, invited Texas-based contractor Kris Jones and his 15-year-old daughter Dayla to her show to talk about the viral sensation.
Admitting it was the first time she’d recorded him, Dayla explained that she had begged her dad to sing the George Jones song, recently re-recorded by Chris Stapleton. “I had to convince him to sing that song. It took me a little bit, but I got him to do it, and it kind of blew up,” she said of the clip intended for family and friends.
Kris went on to explain that he’s always wanted to be a singer, but because of life happening (like marriage and kids), he stayed home to get a job and provide for his family. Now, he plans on pursuing music one again after a call came in inviting him to audition for the NBC hit show The Voice.
After their brief interview, the talk show host gave the singing dad a chance to perform for his first live audience, before presenting him with a life-changing surprise from her partners at Shutterfly.
Fans of Jones and his family may soon see more of him when season 12 of The Voice kicks off February 27, 2017 at 8/7 on NBC. Blake Shelton, who is the reigning coach champion, will return for the new season along with Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys.