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.’
Congratulations to the youngest winner in the show’s history, Brynn Cartelli, and coach Kelly Clarkson! Brynn, I loved working with you for your Blind Audition. You are a driven, original artist with a beautiful old soul — and I can’t wait to hear what you have yet to write, create and sing. Brava Brynn!
Rayshun! Out of over 46,000 who auditioned for season 14, you made it through to the Semi-Finals! Wow. It was my joy working with you through The Blind Auditions, quickly recognizing your talent, love and light. Continue bringing us all joy by sharing your beautiful light my friend. Congratulations. #Rayshunlamarr #thevoiceseason14 #thevoicesemifinals
The eighth season of The Voice premiered on February 23, 2015 on NBC.
I worked with winner Sawyer Fredericks on “Man Of Constant Sorrow” for his Blind Audition — and was overjoyed to see him perform some of his new music last night at The Troubadour. How thrilled I was to hear him sing that same song for his final encore — and I mean sing it:
Sawyer you sound amazing!
You continue to touch the hearts of your audiences with your emotion, your artistry and that voice way beyond its years.