On Dec. 15, 2015, after millions of viewers around the world voted, the season finale of the hit show The Voice began airing the results. The celebrity judges Adam Levine, Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton had done all they could to mentor and guide their perspective singers. The last two standing were Emily Ann Roberts and Jordan Mackenzie Smith. They stood on stage as Carson Daly was prepared to reveal how the world voted… The winner of The Voice Season 9 to the delight of many is Jordan. However, before joining the voice and moving from the chorus to the spotlight were a series of humble beginnings for the champ.
The 22-year-old singer from Harlan, Kentucky had a classic upbringing of singing and playing instruments in church. Both of the winner’s parents and his aunt are musicians and Smith credits his family’s love for music and being reared in such a musical environment for his gift of song and love for the craft. The Voice winner said:
We would sing in the car together, sing in the shower and when I went to bed at night — it was just kind of like a very important part of our life as a family.
While in school, Smith found his niche by performing with the Lee Singers, a chorus at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. The winner maintains that the school was the perfect breeding ground for a successful musical career. At the time of his crowning, Smith was a proud senior at the university and for the past three years has been known as a deserving singer on campus. Lee University is proud of Smith and happy to see the winner move from chorus-singer to the spotlight. The director of the campus group, Brad Moffett, said:
He has been around here for about three years and is one of my favorite singers. Jordan may be one of the very best singers I have ever had the chance to work with.
Smith first stunned viewers and The Voice coaches during the Blind Auditions and has been a favorite throughout the show. He was known as the contestant who picked the most challenging song and then knocked it out of the park. He conquered songs such as Beyoncé’s Halo, Sia’s Chandelier and Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain with ease. Levine, Smith’s coach, said:
Smith is more than just an amazing singer. He is a person that everybody draws this amazing energy from. It is unlike anything I have ever, ever experienced in my life, and I am just honored to be a part of it.
Moving from the chorus to the spotlight on The Voice has been more fun than challenging for this phenomenal singer and songwriter. Admittedly, the competition was stiff for this season’s The Voice. Many came and went, but only one would receive the title. As America held its breath anticipating the winner, Smith whispered a prayer that God’s will would be done. Whether they called his name or not, he knew he had done his best.
After moments of intensity, it was confirmed that Levine’s Jordan Mackenzie Smith was no longer a backup or chorus singer. Instead, he had been ushered into the spotlight and declared the winner of season 9, earning $100,000, a Republic Records recording contract and a Nissan Altima car. What other hopefuls can learn from this star is that the journey may be long and sometimes the road may get rough, but when people follow their dream to completion, by working hard and embracing opportunities, they will always find their way from the background to the spotlight. Smith was born to be a star!
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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