Blog - posted on January 31, 2017 by

What I learned from NBC’s The Voice


I got a call today from a fellow musician from Danville VA. A mutual friend of ours referred him to me. He called to ask for advice on how to handle his upcoming audition for NBC’s The Voice. After we chatted for a bit, it got me reflecting on my time on the show. It’s obviously one of the highlights of my musical career so far, and I am very grateful for the experience. However, my time on the show taught me a very very valuable lesson. BE YOURSELF!

In my minimal advice to my fellow intentionally unnamed musician from Danville VA, this was the one piece of advice I emphasized. I had battled my nerves during my blind audition to make it into the show. The occasion was overwhelming as I met celebrity judges like Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine, got interviewed by people I had only seen on TV like Carson Daily, and I was promised the opportunity and illusion of the musical career I’d always dreamed of. As my battle rounds crept up, I figured I’d give the people what they want. I forgot everything I’d done to place myself in that position. I forgot to BE MYSELF.

To cut the long story shot, I did a ton of vocal acrobatics during my battle round because I figured that was what America and the judges wanted to see. I forgot that I am more of a painter/story teller. Truth be told, I’m happy I never progressed past the battle rounds. Why? Loosing was never the tragedy for me, but continuing to progress while loosing myself in the process would have been just that. Nowadays I perform all over the country as my truest self. I’m a story telling, always joking, usually goofy, and quite seldom serious performer. I’m a successful touring musician these days with the biggest smile on my face because I’m finally BEING MYSELF



Totally agree with you! Your audition song was totally you and the battle song was nothing like you. And we all adore the real you!!!

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