Video: Local country artist Austin Jenckes crushes it on 'The Voice'

Western Washington's own Austin Jenckes has made it to the top 12 on NBC's "The Voice" last week, which allowed him to perform an incredible rendition of Travis Tritt's "It's A Great Day to Be Alive" for the judges -- and the audience.

Jenckes, who escaped elimination during last week's voting, played his father's guitar during the Top 12 performance, which earned high marks from all three of the show's judges.

The WWU alum and former Seattle resident has said he sees his turn on "The Voice" as an opportunity to reach people and connect with fans, in addition to gaining exposure and helping to launch his musical career.

"I feel like I really gained a perspective of what my purpose is, which is sharing music that evokes emotion and being someone who writes songs that are for everybody," Jenckes has said of his life leading up to the reality singing contest.

You can read a full interview with him here.