The ‘Cuban Cowboy’ Blows all 4 ‘Voice’ Coaches Away in Blind Audition

In a September 9 Instagram video, “The Voice” coach, Blake Shelton, holding a hairbrush like a microphone, introduced, “I’m passing the mic to somebody who simply auditioned.” The scene then switched to Orlando Mendez placing on a cowboy hat, thanking Blake (who was now not on digicam) and introducing himself.

“What’s up everyone? My identify’s Orlando Mendez, aka, ‘the Cuban Cowboy’ and I’m so excited to introduced that I’ve auditioned for season 22 of ‘The Voice.’ That’s proper! Tune in each Monday and Tuesday beginning September nineteenth to see if I had the possibility to choose a coach.”

How The Audition Went

Mendez did certainly get to choose a coach. In truth, he acquired to select from all 4 coaches after he sang the heck out of “Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs.

In his pre-audition video, Mendez described himself as a Cuban-American who loves nation music and storytelling. A clip of his household confirmed a fun-loving group, who Mendez described as follows: “we dwell life intensely, eat rather a lot, dance rather a lot, drink rather a lot and have a very good time.”

Mendez’ mom, who attended the audition, quipped, “we went from salsa dancing to two-stepping.”

The Cuban Cowboy was involved about what he would do if each Camila Cabello and Blake Shelton turned their chairs for him as a result of one coach appeals to his Cuban roots whereas the opposite appeals to his nation calling. Well, he ended up having to make that powerful alternative, together with the added strain of getting Gwen Stefani and John Legend within the combine.

The struggle for Mendez primarily got here all the way down to Shelton and Cabello. It seems that not solely are Cabello and Mendez each from Miami, however Mendez’ brothers truly went to the identical faculty as Cabello.

Noticing that the hometown connection might make him lose, Shelton joked, “I do not even have the nation roots that Camilla has.”

After a lot debate and dialogue, The Cuban Cowboy ended up becoming a member of crew Camila, leaving Shelton to grouse, “I’ve misplaced my mojo.”

Learn More About Mendez

According to, Mendez is “a 26-year-old Florida-based artist who’s launched music in a number of genres. He calls himself the Cuban cowboy and has most not too long ago been performing nation and southern rock music because the Orlando Mendez Band.”

On January 7, 2022, Mendez posted on Instagram a clip of him enjoying in entrance of an indication that reads, “Recording Industry Association of America RIAA sponsored occasion.” Mendez captioned the video with “2022 began with residing out a dream and enjoying a pair unique songs on the Bluebird Cafe. Here’s a chunk of my tune ‘Front Porch Heartbreak.'”

According to, Mendez “launched his first nation tune — “3 Beers Ago” — within the spring of 2021 as The O2 Band.” Some of the lyrics go like this: “I acquired some information that may blow your thoughts/Got an enormous comfortable mattress that I purchased on-line/And I flip the recent tub on from my telephone/Girl I do not imply to come back off fairly this sturdy/I simply been wishing I might take you house/Since we stated hey/3 Beers Ago.”

Mendez informed Voyagemia, in a June 6, 2019 interview, “Although I’ve all the time written lyrics with beats in thoughts, I by no means had a technique to make them into music. Through many failed makes an attempt, I used to be by no means in a position to grasp the piano or the guitar.”

Mendez additional defined, “I needed a technique to make my lyrics into extra than simply poetry on a web page. That all modified after I realized that my cousin, Trism, produced music and that he was truly rattling good at it! We began recording collectively and now are trying ahead to releasing lots of our creations.”


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