I’m honored to have joined the faculty of California State University Los Angeles as a lecturer in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance during this current Winter Quarter. It’s a privilege to introduce, for the first time in the school’s history, the course “Coaching for Pop and Commercial Singers.”
Cal State LA’s motto is “Vox Veritas Vita” — Latin for “Voice Truth Life.” I can’t think of three more fitting words to live by.
Congratulations to Season 9’s winner, the amazing Jordan Smith, and outstanding runner-up: Emily Ann Roberts.
Emily, working with you and coaching you through the Blind Auditions was a defining moment for you as an artist and I’m honored to have been a part of that for you. I look forward now to seeing you writing more country/bluegrass music because that is truly You, and who you are.
Bring it! You’ve just run a country mile, and beautifully. How far you go is in your heart, your art and your truly exceptional voice.
I’ll never forget when Pharrell, after a 4-chair turn at The Blind Auditions, said:
“I would love to have you on my team, but I’m so proud to be a part of this show, because even if you don’t end up on my team, I get to watch this amazing thing happen.”
I couldn’t have said it better, Pharrell.
Coaching Sawyer through Season 8’s Blind Auditions was exciting, and brought me joy. I always looked forward to our sessions, with him and his beautiful mom Kirsten.
Sawyer, your shyness is endearing, your humility inspiring, and your talent exhilarating.