Clevelander Josh Davis lands spot on 'The Voice'

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 10/16/18

The Cleveland community, once again, has a voice in NBC's "The Voice" competition. Josh Davis, a former student at Walker Valley High School and now a student at Cleveland State Community College, is the latest to pursue the title.

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Clevelander Josh Davis lands spot on 'The Voice'

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The Cleveland community once again has a voice in NBC's "The Voice" competition.

With a former winner, and high finishers in the past, Bradley County and East Tennessee singers have fared well in the nationally televised competition.

Former Lee University student Jordan Smith won the title in Season 9, and was later followed by Chris Blue of Knoxville.

Josh Davis, a former student at Walker Valley High School and now a student at Cleveland State Community College, is the latest to pursue the title.

He was selected to a spot on singer/coach Kelly Clarkson's team Monday evening.

Davis' parents, Wendy and Mike Davis, joined family and friends to view their son's televised blind audition Monday at Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar at 88 Mouse Creek Road.

In the blind audition, Davis sang "Too Good at Goodbyes" by Sam Smith, and received a quick turn of her chair by Clarkson. She was quickly followed by another coach, Jennifer Hudson.

Clarkson's quick action filled out her team of singers. Hudson and the other coaches, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, each had a spot open on their teams.

Davis has been an accomplished singer for several years. He left  Walker Valley early, as a 16-year-old, for a recording contract in Nashville with the Christian band 3 For 3. He later earned his high school diploma online, and is now attending CSCC, pursuing a business degree. 

Davis is also employed as a personal trainer at the Cleveland Family YMCA.

Lee University student Smith was the winner of "The Voice" in Season 9, and brought nationwide recognition to Lee and the Cleveland and Bradley County community.

His performances on  "The Voice" climbed steadily on the iTunes chart. Those songs included "Mary, Did You Know" and "Climb Every Mountain."

His “Climb Every Mountain” was at  the No. 4 spot on iTunes, and his “God Only Knows” duet with coach Adam Levine was at No. 8. His previous performance of “Somebody to Love," from the previous week, had climbed to No. 13.

Smith’s performance of “Mary, Did You Know,” called “hauntingly beautiful,” received a standing ovation from all four coaches and the audience, and took the No. 1 rating  on iTunes within hours.

On one episode of "The Voice," Smith’s cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love” took the top spot on the iTunes chart from Adele’s “Hello," within an hour of the end of the show.

Smith is a native of Harlan, Ky., and at the time of the competition was a senior at Lee with a music business major. He took a semester off to participate in "The Voice."

Now in 2018, Davis hopes his performances on "The Voice" will achieve similar success.

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