The Voice’s Jordan Smith: 5 Facts That Will Make You Love Him Even More

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amy Vachal fights for spot in ‘Voice US’ finale.

Thanks to his rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” the 21-year-old now has a No. 1 song on iTunes to his credit. “I don’t need to say anything at all because that’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” said his coach Adam Levine, who was fist pumping as Smith belted in front of a large gospel choir.WHEN Amy Vachal finished singing “Dream a Little Dream” during her Blind Audition last Oct. 5 for “The Voice, Season 9,” it was hard not to get distracted by the swoon-worthy flirtatious exchange between judges Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, whom the lead vocalist of No Doubt described as “handsome.” But the performance of the lovely 26-year-old Filipino-American contestant, who’s among the nine semifinalists vying for the top four this week, was just as hard to ignore—because she was as good at “selling” the eye-candy sizzle as much as the musical steak!

Filipino-American jazz singer Amy Vachal took a break from her tried and tested strategy of flipping pop songs and turned to an emotional classic to vie for a place in the finals of hit singing competition “The Voice.” She previously took on Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and *NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye,” which consistently ranked high in iTunes compared to her competitors.On Monday (Tuesday in Manila), Vachal performed an emotional cover of Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love,” which showed the strength of her voice. “That was beautiful, it was light. As if the feat couldn’t be sweeter, he took the top spot from Adele. “Every week I am just shocked,” he told Parade of the news. “It still doesn’t seem real. America agreed with Levine. 30 minutes after the singing competition’s semifinals episode ended, Smith’s version of Queen’s song skyrocketed up the music service’s chart, marking the end of Adele’s five-week reign with her comeback single “Hello.” (You can download Smith’s instant-hit here.) Smith – a Lee University college student who hails from Harlan, Kentucky – can credit his high-pitched, feminine voice for setting him apart from the pack.

Her American father was a member of a Grateful Dead covers band, but it was her Cebuana mother who discovered her talent as a singer-performer— at age 3! Others vying for a slot in the finale are her fellow Team Adam Levine artists Shelby Brown and Jordan Smith; Zack Seabaugh, Barrett Baber and Emily Ann Roberts of Team Blake Shelton; Jeffrey Austin and Braiden Sunshine of Team Gwen Stefani; and Madi Davis of Team Pharrell Williams. Honestly, with all the crazy things going on in the world, we need those crazy people to hear that voice, to see some clarity, see some good because that’s what your voice ignites,” he said. “Spread love, that’s the Brooklyn way. On that fateful day, his crazy-good rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” was described by coach as the “trippiest turn-around blind audition” and the “freakiest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.” “He is super involved as a coach,” Smith recently told PEOPLE of the Maroon 5 frontman. “That’s not an act.

As a performer, Amy isn’t the type who’d win you over with her show-stopping birit notes, but her sultry soulfulness, especially in her renditions of “To Love Somebody” during the Battles and “The Way You Look Tonight” during the Live Playoffs, will convince you that there’s more to her than a pretty face and a slithery and sassy alto. Vachal initially chose Pharrell Williams as her mentor, but ended up on Team Adam (Levine) after a timely “steal.” “Adam has given me those out-of-left-field song choices that were as much a challenge as they were a blessing—because they allowed me to put my own spin on unexpected songs,” Amy told us during our phone interview with her last Friday. “I’m grateful for those difficult tasks, because I learn something new every time there’s something hard to do.” The competition is getting tougher.

It seemed like when you sang this now, the stars would come out to assist that moment,” he added. “There are so many different ways to sing, especially on the show because it’s very big and over the top all the time, but what’s special about you Amy is you do it in a way that is completely different and refreshingly raw and honest and beautiful. Denny recently shared a screen grab of their adorable FaceTime session on Twitter, writing, “When your boyfriend is on the other side of the country, this is what #datenight consists of! @JordanSmithLive.” Despite having a hectic rehearsal schedule, Smith was sure to send his love a sweet gift on her birthday this month. “A new @katespadeny bag earlier this week and these beautiful roses delivered to work today,” Denny wrote of her presents on Instagram. “I’m definitely a lucky girl!

The best thing about music is the fact that it can grow, shift and expand—and through its changes and exciting permutations, you’re allowed to grow with it. I love you, sweetheart!! #birthdaypresent #blessedgirlfriend @jordansmithlive The boyfriend and girlfriend already have a cherished tradition, which Denny wrote about on Instagram last Christmas: “We’ve gotten [an ornament] every Christmas we’ve been together! As a member the Lee Singers, a touring group from his school Lee University, Smith performed at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2013. Smith still might have some time to join his troupe again – he is still a student at Lee University, although he took a semester off from his senior year to focus on the competition. We’ve been through so many rounds at this point, from the Blind Auditions and the Battle Rounds, to the Knockouts and the Live Playoffs— and I can honestly tell you that it’s gotten harder every single round. “The Voice” is a true performer’s competition, but while “American Idol” creates stars who chart on the Billboard 100, people are saying that “The Voice” is helpful to the careers of its judges more than its contestants.

What do you think are the advantages of “The Voice” over other singing contests, like “American Idol,” “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent”? I never said that I’ll never join any one of those other competitions, but what I will say is that it (“The Voice”) really nurtures the artist—it isn’t just a karaoke contest! My mom often goes “home.” In fact, she has visited the Philippines about 10 times in the past year or so, and she remains very connected with her friends and family in Cebu.

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