Dan Shafer talks being the oldest contestant on 'The Voice:' Age doesn't matter, but if anything, I have an advantage
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/26/2016
Dan Shafer is the oldest person to make a team on The Voice, but according to the artist, age is just a number.
Dan, a 57-year-old from Mt. Juliet, TN, performed "Marry Me" on Tuesday night's episode of The Voice's eleventh season and coach Blake Shelton turned around for him. The coaches agreed his voice sounded so much younger than his look and he is a real talent.
"In music, I don't think age, creed, color, any of those things matter," Dan told Reality TV World this week.
Dan has always loved music, as he even made money by producing jingles for toys, food and more. He took a serious full-time job, however, once his son was diagnosed with Crohn's disease.
Now that his son is grown and Dan has made a team onThe Voice, he'll get a second chance to pursue music, his real passion. When Reality TV World asked Dan whether he believes his age will serve as an advantage or disadvantage in the competition, he reiterated, "I don't think age matters."
"I think, you know, music is an internal thing that we're all blessed with. Now, whether you excel with that gift or not is another story, but I don't think the age is going to affect my music very much," he explained.
"There are a lot of years behind that, and my style of vocals -- there are just not that many fellas left who can sing like the Paul McCartneys of the world or the Paul Rodgers of Bad Company or the Freddie Mercury of Queen, you know, classic rock."
Dan said the classic-rock market happens to be between 1968 to about 1977 anyway.
"So I think by my taking a lead on that matter, I have a level of awareness about that type of a singer vs. what's going on in the market currently, which is almost the opposite of that," Dan said.
Dan therefore only views the age gap between himself and the other contestants as a positive.
"So, I don't know. I think that age isn't a factor in that it's a hindrance. I do think it will be an advantage, only because of experience and knowing where we are in the market, and so on and so forth," the singer elaborated.