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Dan Shafer and Sundance Head share a moment with coach Blake Shelton and guest coach Bette Midler. Photo by Trae Patton/NBC
Mt. Juliet's Dan Shafer performs during the "Battle Round" with Sundance Head. Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC
Mt. Juliet's Dan Shafer performs during the "Battle Round" with Sundance Head. Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC
Mt. Juliet's Dan Shafer performs during the "Battle Round" with Sundance Head. Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC
Shafer prepares to enter to "Battle Round." Eddy Chen/NBC | 2016 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Dan Shafer soars after 'The Voice' exposure

Mt. Juliet's Dan Shafer said he had an awesome time on "The Voice" competition show after leaving Monday night.

As a member of Blake Shelton's team, he wowed the popular country music star with his blind audition's heartfelt rendition of Train's "Marry Me."

Monday night he "battled" co-team member Sundance Head in an intense team elimination round. He sang his heart out with Sundance to Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love."

His battle round performance has already garnered one million views since Monday's airing, and is No. 4 on iTunes.

And while Shelton went with Sundance, this 57-year-old said all's great and he's now on to a solo career performing and writing.

He said his national exposure on such a platform as "The Voice" is pivotal and supercharges his career to put him as the front man. For years he wrote and produced others and made that his singular focus.

It's "me time" now for this highly-talented singer who made a living singing well-known jingles, writing music for so many singers and performing with cover group Classic Rock All Stars.

Traveling from "The Voice" Wednesday morning, Shafer pulled over to review his time on the show.

"I'm very proud," he said. "I have no regrets. Everyone has been so excited and happy for me. It's not about winning or losing, I won."

He's already got a single available to download from the iTunes store, called "Leaving Virginia," a keeper he wrote with Bryan Williams. There's a ton more songs he wrote and plans to release in the near future.

"I've had emails from people in Vietnam and Singapore," he said.

There are a lot of disgruntled fans not pleased with Monday's outcome. But Shafer said he understands the biz. And while he only has good thoughts and good words about the show that set him in the national spotlight, he gets what it's all about and that's OK with him.

"It's probably more than the voice," he said in retrospect. "I made great friends there and made relationships that will last a lifetime."

He realizes the current music market may not be prime for a classic voice and timeless style.

"It may be sort of mainstream these days," he contemplated.

But, he said, the rest of the world doesn't believe a singer is authentic until at least 45 years of age.

"Lord willing, with 'The Voice' exposure," said the oldest contestant to date. "We will debunk that."

Shafer, who lives in Mt. Juliet and was eager to get home after the whirlwind in the limelight, said the gift God gave him was to support others behind the scene.

"Now that might change," he said with a laugh. "The show for me wasn't really a competition, though it actually was. The market right now is for another Chris Stapleton. I'm good with that."

He hopes the "the spirit of the soul" will capture fans and provide a wide space for him and his music. He feels "blessed" just to have the experience and the exposure.

"You know, ironically, it's the younger people who are reaching back to Queen, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin and the like," he said.

Add to that The Beatles and iconic Fleetwood Mac.

Shafer's ready to hit the charts, up front and feeling it.

And he still thinks Shelton's the best.

To hear his new single go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/leaving-virginia-single/id1164212383?uo=4&app=itunes

To hear is battle with Sundance go to "The Voice" website.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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