BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – If you saw the episode of “The Voice” on KGET Monday night, you couldn’t miss the electric performance of the brown-brimmed fedora singer – Jim Ranger, minister at Bakersfields New Life Church.
Four celebrities sat and judged the singer from the streets of Bakersfield on NBC’s popular talent show, and they all loved him. Ranger was a hit.
The TV juggernaut’s season 19 judges – Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton – seemed to love the Bakersfield preacher. Three of them turned their chairs – which meant he should join his team.
And two of them – Legend and Shelton – made special appeals.
“I love Bakersfield,” Shelton said at one point. “I love music history.”
Legend played a previously recorded political campaign-style ad promoting his ability to lead a team of singers. “I’m John Legend and I approved of this news,” he concluded.
How was it for Ranger to have two huge stars begging for his support?
“My adrenaline went up,” he said. “I could feel my feet shaking because it was … just so full.”
As Ranger’s family watched from home, he considered the big decision – and went with … Sheton.
“Yes, I don’t know what it is. I think in the end it was just a gut feeling, ”said Ranger.
Next up on the show: the combat round. Ranger’s parents, James and Lydia Ranger, who saw the taped show Monday night with their son Jim and his family, know how it all turns out in the end. Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Ranger, how about a clue?
Lydia Ranger didn’t move: “No.”
“We signed our lives,” said James Ranger. “And my daughter-in-law and my son told me that when I say something they will send me home to be with God …”
“Before Jesus wants to see you,” his wife added helpfully.
“Exactly,” said James. “I agree.”
Jim Ranger has got used to communicating digitally as New Life Church’s personal services have been suspended for the time being.
“Yes, exactly,” he said. “I had made some preparations. We stopped holding our face-to-face meetings in mid-March. They know not to be too bogged down by cameras or crazy or trying to talk to someone without responding immediately. It’s really strange. “
So this is the team that is moving forward. Jim Ranger from Bakersfield and Blake Shelton, the country star who knows a little about Bakersfield himself. Stay tuned.