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The family behind the "Voice": Luke Edgemon's childhood in Lakeland

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Jim and Ruth Campbell Jim and Ruth Campbell
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

You know it is a pretty sweet moment when a grandmother and grandfather can't take their eyes off their TV and wind up singing a pop song their grandkids likely have on their iPods.

It's exactly what's happening in the Lakeland home of Jim and Ruth Campbell. Their grandson, Luke Edgemon, is a contestant on NBC's "The Voice." Jim and Ruth nervously watched this week as he stayed in the competition thanks to a save from Blake Shelton.

"Both of our phones just kind of went crazy," said Ruth said. "It seems like that few seconds when they're trying to decide who they're going to select - it just seems like it's minutes."

The City of Lakeland is watching it all unfold with the Campbells. Luke moved here when he was a toddler and grew up here until his family moved to North Carolina when he was 11.

He went to Lakeland Christian School and started playing the violin at age 5.

"He has a God-given gift. We could see that. Just as a little guy," said Jim Campbell. "He could read the music but he could just pick up a violin and play a song without even seeing the music."

Luke's gift has paid off  in recent years in Hollywood.

"Luke does the parts of the men's back-up vocals on Glee and he can sing all the parts," said Jim Campbell.

Music was in Luke's DNA. His grandparents own Christian radio stations. His father is a minister, and his mother (who's also a singer) is an audiologist. His family now lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

His ride on "The Voice" is nerve-racking for those watching.

"[I want to] be sure he's gonna stand up straight, smile and do all those things mommas and grand mommas want kids to do," Ruth said smiling.

And they hope he does it without losing sight of where he came from.

"We want Luke to be the very best at what he does and to honor God in everything that he does...that's what matters to us most," Jim said.

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