Teenager battling terminally ill cancer receives praise from Blake Shelton for cover of Shelton hit | Davidson County


NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A 16-year-old with a rare form of terminal cancer spends his time making music with his friends.

Preston Christiansen recently recorded a cover of one of Blake Shelton’s hit songs, “Lonely Tonight,” which caught the attention of many people, including Blake Shelton.

The cover of “Lonely Tonight” by Christiansen is available for download. All the profits from this song go directly to him. Preston’s aunt, Andrea Chairs, owns the Rosepepper Cantina in East Nashville. She encourages everyone to “Watch the song”.

“It sounds incredible. Blake Shelton himself gave it his seal of approval, ”Chairs said.

Preston grew up admiring Shelton and said he never thought the artist would hear his music.

“As long as I remember listening to it,” Preston said when Arely C invited him to record a song with her. “Lonely Tonight” was one of his top picks.

“That would never happen in a million years,” said Michelle Nijst, Preston’s mother, of the recording which Shelton’s praised. They had help from a family friend.

“Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on the Smallville show, is the one who sent the song to Blake Shelton,” Chaires said. “I really appreciate it and it’s fantastic.”

The next course of action for Preston is to decide how to use the money since the proceeds of his coverage are coming back to him.

“We want to figure out how to do a charity on his behalf to help these kids who, you know, depend on all of us because there isn’t enough funding,” Nijst said.

Preston wants to use the money to make an impact on kids like him who are battling cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10 and has since spread.

“There’s so much (cancer) they can’t get a hold of it,” Preston said.

Doctors tell the family the 16-year-old doesn’t have much time with them.

“Basically they told us he has months, but not a year, to the end of his life unless they can find something else to treat the cancer,” Nijst said.

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