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Kris Thomas shoots for second chance on 'The Voice'

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Members of the church who have watched Thomas sing said his voice is a gift from God. Members of the church who have watched Thomas sing said his voice is a gift from God.
"Kris was raised in this church," said father and Morning View Baptist Church pastor Alvin Fleming. "Kris was raised in this church," said father and Morning View Baptist Church pastor Alvin Fleming.
Within years Thomas was making it as a professional artist, with a record deal – but it was not meant to be. Within years Thomas was making it as a professional artist, with a record deal – but it was not meant to be.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV - It was a great night of NBC's "The Voice" Knockout Rounds for two Memphians who are proving to be strong contenders in the reality show.

Kris Thomas advanced after performing the song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. Later Sarah Simmons sang the classic Rolling Stones song "Wild Horses". Adam Levine agreed with a cheering crowd that Simmons needed to advance.

But, it was in the Bluff City at a church that Kris Thomas helped improve and train his voice, that would put him and Memphis on the national stage.

"Kris was raised in this church," said father and Morning View Baptist Church pastor Alvin Fleming.

Members of the church who have watched Thomas sing said his voice is a gift from God.

"He was always talented. I recognized [it] when he was about three in Sunday school that he could sing. In vacation bible school his voice always stood out," said Sunday school teacher Charlie Mae Reed.

Thomas later went to college at Middle Tennessee State University, but music was what he really wanted to do.

"We sent Kris there to get an education. We found out later he was getting in talent shows, but he was winning, so it paid off in the end," said Fleming.

Within years Thomas was making it as a professional artist, with a record deal – but it was not meant to be.

"They wanted Kris to sing rap and Kris didn't want to sing rap. So, they canceled the contract," said Fleming.

His parents said that was a low point and Kris slipped into depression. He pulled himself up and never stopped singing.

Now, Thomas performing on "The Voice" is a second chance. Those who love him say he deserves it.

"It doesn't matter where you come from. You don't have to be from a big city. You can be from Memphis, Tennessee and go anywhere as long as you are grounded," said Reed.

The Bluff City's own Grace Askew will appear in her knockout round Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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