La Porte teen is latest contestant on 'The Voice'

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

LA PORTE, Texas - An 18-year-old La Porte native is making the Houston area proud as its latest contestant on the NBC hit show "The Voice."

This self-professed country boy -- who raises hogs and likes to go mudding in his spare time -- still gets excited when he talks about making it onto Blake Shelton's team.

"My heart just started beating, adrenaline is running," said Jake Worthington. "And I was just like, 'We in this thing man!'"

The La Paorte High School senior has been singing since forming a band in junior high. His parents say he would write songs and perform them in the middle of the night -- at the foot of their bed.

"He's so excited to play for us," said dad Terel "Bubba" Worthington. "We're dead asleep and all of a sudden you hear a guitar strike up and you're like, 'Are you serious dude?'"

Jake still sings for his family and now the rest of America gets to hear his talent.

"It's fun, it's exciting," said Jake's mom Wendy. "But on the other hand it's just like, he's doing what he loves and I get to sit here and hear it and watch it."

Regardless of his outcome on "The Voice" Jake has a firm grip on what his future may hold.

"I can see myself being Jake Worthington from five to ten years from now. That's all I'm ever going to be," said Jake. "And if Jake Worthington is going to be a country singer, let's do it man."

Jake has made it through his battle round and will be heading back to Los Angeles in the coming days for his next round on the show.

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