Jordan Smith makes top 4 on ‘The Voice’

CHRISTY ARMSTRONG  Banner Staff Writer
Posted 12/9/15

Lee University student Jordan Smith has, unsurprisingly, made it to the final four on the televised music competition “The Voice.” 

The senior music business major was the first artist …

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Jordan Smith makes top 4 on ‘The Voice’

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Lee University student Jordan Smith has, unsurprisingly, made it to the final four on the televised music competition “The Voice.” 

The senior music business major was the first artist to be declared “safe” during the competition’s live results show Tuesday night.

While there may have been some nervous moments as the nine semifinalists waited to see who their viewing audience had voted into the finals, there had already been some indications Smith would indeed advance.

Before he had even made it through Monday night’s live performance, Smith received plenty of praise from his music coach on the show, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

“Jordan is unstoppable,” Levine said. “You’d think that he couldn’t impress us even more, but when he lets go, he’s ridiculous.” 

Having garnered positive comments from other coaches in the weeks prior, Smith had also earned the distinction of being the first artist on this season of “The Voice” to have one of their recorded performances reach No. 1 on the iTunes bestselling singles chart.

A couple of weeks ago, Smith’s version of Christian hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” took the top spot, outranking songs by artists like Adele and Justin Bieber.

Since Smith had already set that chart-topping precedent, Levine jokingly apologized for Smith having to “settle” for the No. 2 spot this past week, because of “that pesky Adele.” 

For his live performance this week, the 22-year-old decided to tackle “Somebody To Love” by Queen.

Smith said he had long looked up to Queen’s lead singer, the late Freddie Mercury, as an artist, and he was eager to cover the rock song to show a different side of his voice.

Up until that point, Smith had mostly chosen to highlight his high-reaching vocal range by selecting more pop-oriented songs like “Set Fire To The Rain” by Adele and “Halo” by Beyoncé.

As he prepared for what would be one of his most important performances of the season, Smith took the time to reflect on what being on the show has been like.

“My experience on ‘The Voice’ is unforgettable,” Smith said. “I have made so many great friendships, and I never would have believed you had you told me six months ago that I would have a song charting on iTunes.”

It soon became evident he would have yet another “unforgettable” experience after that, as his latest performance earned him a standing ovation from the studio audience which lasted a full minute.

Launching into the song with a full choir backing him up, Smith carefully navigated the highs and lows of the well-known song while interacting with the audience, musicians and background singers along the way.

The audience erupted in cheers when he was done, and Levine immediately began to celebrate by shouting and raising his hands in victory.

“I don’t need to say anything at all, because that is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my entire life!” Levine exclaimed.

At one point, Levine walked up to Smith, gave him a hug and took his microphone from him before dropping it on the stage. Host Carson Daly then announced Levine had decided it was “a drop the mic moment,” a moment in which there was nothing more to say.

Smith himself was speechless as he took in the sights and sounds of an excited audience and coach, covering his mouth with his hand as tears glistened in his eyes.

In a recent interview with the Cleveland Daily Banner, Smith said he has continued to be surprised by the positive reactions, and he feels “so blessed and honored just to have this chance at all.” 

Following the show Monday night, a song of his again shot to No. 1 on iTunes. His version of “Somebody To Love” reached that milestone within just a half hour of the show ending on the East Coast.

Smith was joined in the final four Tuesday night by country artists Barrett Baber and Emily Ann Roberts and pop/soul singer Jeffery Austin, who narrowly landed a spot in the top four after the audience voted to “save” him on Twitter.

He and the other three finalists will be working over the next week to prepare for the competition’s final performances next Monday night. The show will air at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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