“Voice” Contestant Moves Coaches To Tears With Song About His Mom Who Passed Away

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Cody Johnson‘s “‘Til You Can’t” is one of the most impactful country songs released in recent times. The song, which was written by Ben Stennis and Matt Rogers, encourages people to live life to the fullest and treasure the ones they love.

Its emotional music video earned Johnson the CMT Music Award for Male Video of the Year.


“‘Til You Can’t” has resonated with millions, including country singer Jay Allen. The song’s message means a lot to him, since his mother passed away in 2019 after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s a few years prior. She was only 54 when she died.

Allen shared his story after he sang “‘Til You Can’t” during the blind auditions for The Voice‘s 22nd season. He also shared a song he wrote after his mom got her diagnosis. The song is called “Blank Stares,” and it has helped raise millions of dollars for Alzheimer’s research.

Allen brought the coaches to tears with his performance of “Blank Stares.” He clearly touched the hearts of viewers at home too, because “Blank Stares” was the #5 song on the iTunes country chart the morning after his audition aired.

Both Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani turned for Allen’s audition. He ended up picking Stefani as his coach.

Watch the video below to hear Allen sing “‘Til You Can’t” and “Blank Stares.”