The Voice Contestant Johnny Manuel Stuns With 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

The Voice Contestant Johnny Manuel Stuns With 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

In this moving performance, The Voice Australia contestant Johnny Manuel stuns the crowd with his cover of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke.


“There been times that I thought I wouldn't last for long
Now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change's gonna come, oh, yes, it will”

“All I know is that I will never stop fighting for this, because I know inside of myself that I was put here to do this,” says Johnny right before going on stage for his performance. “I just want to make it to the top 4.”

His performance is incredible, and it leaves him and a lot of the judges in tears. And Kelly Rowland, one of the judges on the show, has some heartfelt words to share with Johnny after he finishes the song.

“It is time for a change. Everywhere. And it starts with everybody. And it starts with being bold. And it starts with just calling things out the way you see them, even when it’s uncomfortable,” Kelly says, “And I feel like you just called so much out with just the passion and the heart and the integrity and the authenticity it is to sing that song. Cause that’s a hard song to sing. But you sang it from the depths of your soul, and I felt like our ancestors could feel it…it was that palpable. It was almost like my soul needed to hear it, and I genuinely appreciate you singing that song the way you did.”

What a powerful moment, and what a powerful song. Music has such a way of bringing out people’s feelings and capturing heartfelt emotions. May Johnny keep using his voice to bring to light things that matter and uplifting others with his beautiful talent!