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Stax Academy roots for Kris Thomas on 'The Voice'

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(WMC-TV) – Two Memphians battled it out on NBC's "The Voice" Monday night. Kris Thomas and Patrick Dodd went up against people on their respective teams.

Kris is on Team Shakira and sang Bruno Mar's "It Will Rain". With a huge amount of applause, Shakira picked Thomas to move on.

However, Patrick Dodd did not win his battle round. Dodd sang Elvis' classic song "Burning Love," and even though the crowd clearly loved it, Adam Levine decided on the duo that Dodd was up against.

The world got an ever better taste of Kris Thomas' talent Monday night. But for a long time, people here in Memphis and at the Stax Music Academy have known about his big talent.

The students at the Stax Music Academy already thought Memphian Kris Thomas was pretty cool, and of course very talented.

Many got to meet him when his video was shot around Memphis. Thomas sang a duet with country star Pam Tillis. The song is called "Two Kings" and is about how Martin Luther King and Elvis left a permanent mark on Memphis and the world.

As if singing and dancing wasn't cool enough, many academy students were thrilled to see their mentor singing on "The Voice".

"It's important to know that they could be there too with a lot of hard work, and Kris if you are listening you are a huge inspiration to the whole music academy," Stax Music Academy Vocal and Operations Director Justin Merrick said.

Because of Kris, many of the kids have a better understanding of what it takes to make it big.

"You look at how Memphis has impacted music around the world, and it's nice to know that Kris is right in there and we are rooting for him," said Merrick.

No doubt this Memphian will have a story to tell when home again, one the academy folks are eager to hear.

You can watch "The Voice" on Action News 5 on Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 7 p.m.

Still to come in the Battle Rounds is the Visible Music Schools' own Sarah Simmons.

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