An absolute highlight of season 22 was getting to work with Kim Cruse. We began our season together by working on “Best Part”—earning her a well-deserved four-chair turn at The Blind Auditions. She then chose John Legend, and soared all the way to the Top 8 Semifinals.
You’re an original, Kim… letting the music flow through you, and with such truth, heart and impeccably good taste. Let it flow, Kim. And keep soaring!
Take in Kim’s powerful Top 8 performance of the Porgy and Bess classic “Summertime”:
What a gift it was to share my knowledge and experience at a Masterclass presented by Ybarra Music in Santa Barbara! By leading warm-ups and providing performance feedback, I was able to work with a terrific group of students for a productive afternoon of vocal technique and artistic development.
After a run of zoom-only coaching sessions with Bekah, Caleb and Josh for our COVID-compliant lead-up to The Blind Auditions, it was a joy seeing them perform live during their sold-out show at The Troubadour. And afterwards, we shared the most soulful, heartfelt hugs… long overdue!
Bekah, Josh and Caleb, working with you on Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping” for your blind audition gave me the opportunity to work with amazing talent—that was unmistakable from the start. But it is your kindness, musicianship and big, beautiful hearts that made our work even more special.
You shine not only as a group, but as three wonderful souls and talents. And I’m just one of the many who look forward to hearing more of those rich, expressive harmonies.
Congratulations to Todd Tilghman, the winner of The Voice Season 18!
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and for the first time in the show’s history, the live shows were changed to remote shows—with performances at the contestants’ and coaches’ homes.
And of course, hats off to the Top 5 who made it to The Finale! You all pulled it off, pulled it together and soared!
I’m especially happy to join John and Kelly in toasting Camm Wess and Micah Iverson. It was my absolute pleasure coaching you both through Season 18’s Blind Auditions. From our very first sessions, I recognized greatness in the both of you, and was continually impressed by your artistic growth and dedication.
I look forward to hearing more from you as you continue to delight and inspire.
On March 4th, 2019, we saw 22-year-old Jej Vinson, originally from Davao, Philippines, receive a four-chair turn from Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Adam Levine. He went on to become the most viral artist of Season 16’s Blind Auditions.
Working with Jej, and coaching him on Drake’s “Passionfruit,” was a highlight for me. It reminded me of how grateful I am to work with true artists who get to experience the pure joy of following your bliss and working hard at what you love.
If you haven’t seen it—and you have 90 seconds—check him out:
I think the funnest job I’ve ever had was working at Miceli’s, a Universal City restaurant famous for its singing waiters and waitresses. Working various shifts over a twenty-year period, I was given the gifts of experience, working in a joyful atmosphere, and forming forever friendships with some of the most talented performers I’ve ever seen and heard. Miceli’s has long welcomed star-quality staff; in fact, many of the restaurant’s singing servers continue to take leaves for Broadway and touring companies, with their jobs at Miceli’s waiting for their return. It’s a beloved institution, for many reasons.
And now, from sometime in the early ‘90s, please enjoy one of my most-requested numbers…‘Endless Love.’