The Voice Winner Jordan Smith Is Just Getting Started: ‘I’d Love to Sing the …

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“The Voice” recap: The Season 9 winner is crowned in a star-studded finale..

Jordan Smith won Season 9 of “The Voice” on Tuesday. The Voice season 9 crowned its winner Tuesday night, and fans of champion Jordan Smith can get a compilation of his performances from the past season on Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection.It wasn’t exactly Hail to The Voice, but it was authentic Adam Levine introducing Season 9 victor and Team Adam member Jordan Smith after Tuesday’s finale of The Voice.

Smith took the title in a final show that saw him team up with Usher for a scorching rendition of David Guetta’s Without You and five of his former competitors for Journey’s Anyway You Want It, all in front of an audience that included his parents and his former chorus teacher at Harlan County High School. “It is so surreal to think that I’m sitting here at the finale,” Smith said. “I can remember sitting in class and doing my music theory homework and taking exams and wishing for something like this. “I’ve learned that on this show, you can be exactly who you are.For weeks, it has seemed almost preordained that Smith, a 22-year-old college student from Harlan, Ky., would win “The Voice.” We may have sensed it even back at his endlessly hyped blind audition, in which Smith applied his gravity-defying, gender-blurring vocals to Sia’s “Chandelier” and moved his eventual coach and chief cheerleader, Adam Levine, to call the high-voiced, large-bodied, perpetually poised singer “the most important person” ever to compete on the show.

The crowning of Smith at the end of Tuesday’s two-hour star-studded finale was hardly a surprise, as the 22-year-old Kentucky native was considered the clear favorite among finalists that included runner-up Emily Ann Roberts, Barrett Baber and Jeffery Austin. But that couldn’t be said for the final four contestants, who anxiously awaited the fate of their future after giving it their all in Monday night’s performances. Certainly, it has became clear in recent weeks, as Levine’s continued hyperbolic praise (“You’re not a singer; you’re a figure,” the Maroon 5 singer told Smith a few weeks back, in the sort of gush we’d soon grow used to. “You’re a person that everyone draws this amazing energy from”) was matched by Smith’s stellar performance on iTunes. The 11-track set includes Smith’s blind audition version of Sia’s “Chandelier,” the Kentucky native’s show-stopping cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo,” and all three songs he performed during the finals on Monday, included his duet with coach Adam Levine. Smith, who grew up singing in a church choir and has a repertoire that includes pop, gospel and Christian music, said he never assumed he would win, even if others did. “It’s just crazy.

What else happened during the two-hour, performance-packed show? 1) The Top 24 performed Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” dressed in crisp whites — and showing off what a deep bench of talent there was this year. Last week, Smith briefly overtook Adele on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart with his rendition of Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” also available on the compilation album. Smith chose Levine, who told Smith, “I think you’re the most important person that’s ever been on this show,” and has enthusiastically been in the singer’s corner throughout the competition. Even by “The Voice” iTunes-performance standards, which are reliably high, Smith’s chart domination stood out, as did his unearthly vocals, his steady poise and apparent modesty — and his desire to serve as an example for those who do not fit the mold but might yet learn to love themselves and celebrate their differences.

After Daly announced Smith’s title Tuesday night, the 22-year-old reprised Monday’s performance of “Climb every Mountain” from The Sound of Music. In subsequent rounds, Smith beat out competitors who had already had professional singing careers to enter the show’s live competition where he took on a variety of genres, from rock to pop to hymns to showtunes, and mastered them all. So, after everyone from Coldplay to Wynonna, Missy Elliott to Justin Bieber, Ricky Scaggs to The Weeknd (not to mention four dancing apes) had taken the stage in the finale Tuesday, and the four finalists had been gathered together to learn which of them would carry away the Season 9 trophy, the results didn’t come as much of a shock. It’s a shame more of them weren’t able to stick around longer. 2) Barrett Baber, who eventually came in third overall, brought back his fellow Team Blake member Zach Seabaugh, who he said was like a “little brother” to him, to sing Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” — and they shared a sweet bro-hug afterward.

Team Gwen’s Jeffery Austin, who had barely survived last week’s deep cut ahead of the finale, came in fourth, depriving Stefani of her chance, at least for now, to become the first female coach to capture a win. Aw, big country-dude hearts. 3) Coldplay’s psychedelic performance of “Adventure of a Lifetime” brought the evening’s strangest moment: dancers dressed as gorillas in the coaches chairs, who then got up and boogied down onstage. But I’m so proud to be sitting here.” Levine gave Smith, who got a rare four-chair turnaround from the coaches during blind auditions, all the credit for giving Team Adam its third victory in nine seasons. The Team Adam winners “were all so good, I couldn’t possibly have screwed it up. … I won because (Jordan is) on my team,” said Levine, claiming Smith is a better singer than he is. “It’s fun to be this guy’s coach. And if Missy Elliott’s high-energy collaboration with coach Pharrell wasn’t enough, bring-back performances like Austin’s duet with Madi Davis singing Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry on Their Own” was sure to get you bobbing your head.

Every single time he got on stage and sang, I never had to fake it and pretend to be proud.” “I’m at the foot of a huge mountain right now and the hard work is really about to start,” he said, referring to the potential of a singing career ahead. For a moment, the news seemed to affect Smith’s reliably ruddy color, but he swiftly regained his usual composure — accepting a hug from his coach and the trophy Daly handed him, albeit briefly. Levine issued a challenge to the record labels that handle the post- careers of Smith and other winners, reiterating earlier comments to Howard Stern. The laugh-out-loud clips of behind-the-scenes confessionals, go-kart races between the coaches, and the truth behind the country mafia conspiracy also made the finale incredibly entertaining.

The epicenter of happiness for Smith has been in his home county, where watch parties for The Voice episodes have grown to hundreds of people the past few episodes and Mosley declared November Jordan Smith month. Although is an Emmy winner and TV’s top-rated singing competition, it has yet to produce a big recording star. “There have been some shortcomings on the other side of the fence,” he said, adding that Smith is well situated for stardom. “Jordan has had more success on iTunes than most artists ever have. … At every level, this guy deserves the most success imaginable. Now we know how big of a crybaby Gwen Stefani is and why Adam Levine was voted “The Best Coach Ever.” Did he really buy one of his artists a giraffe?

Mosley said support for Smith can be seen all over the county, in signs, billboards, T-shirts, even a Christmas tree at Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital decked out in Jordan Smith ornaments. While the world has just gotten to know Smith this fall, Mosley and others point out that he’s been a fixture in the county for years, from singing at his church, House of Mercy in Wallins Creek, to singing the national anthem at ballgames and in school choirs. I think as long as he keeps doing that, it doesn’t matter what kind of record the guy makes.” Levine relishes the opportunity to rub his team’s victory in the face of fellow coach, rival and friend Blake Shelton, who leads Voice coaches with four winning singers. “It feels so good. She’s had a chance to see that recently, as Smith spent the early part of the fall, while recorded rounds of The Voice were playing out on TV, substitute teaching in Harlan County Schools, including Wallins Elementary. Because it’s sure not her singing. 8) The production values on Missy Elliot’s collaboration with Pharrell Williams — “WTF (Where They From)” were tip top: the puppets, the subway set, the dancer spinning on his head. 9) How lovely was it to see Usher back on “The Voice”?

Oh, man, I’m going to enjoy this night,” he said. “It’s really quite beautiful, because Jordan gets to win The Voice and I get to tear Blake apart for the next six months.” With Smith’s example, she says students “believe they can do whatever their dreams are, and they will come true.” As Christmas approaches, the Harlan community was already preparing to welcome Smith home, whether or not he won.

Do you suppose Usher made him do pushups during rehearsals to build stamina like he used to do with his own “Voice” team members when he was a coach? 10) Great line from Stefani during a taped segment in which the coaches competed on the go-cart (bumper car?) track: “I’ve been to a bunch of birthday parties here, so I know how this thing works.” #momadvantage 12) Hey, Adam Levine did do better than that cuddly plush toy when he promised to get Shelby Brown a giraffe: We learned Tuesday night that he actually had a real giraffe led onto the back lot to surprise her. He suspects it will be the first of many big homecomings. “Jordan Smith is going to be a musical icon for years to come, whether he wins or not,” Mosley said Tuesday afternoon. “That brings a new spotlight to Harlan.”

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