Last night marked the beginning of the live shows for season 6 of NBC’s hit-show “The Voice.” The night featured some amazing performances from a diverse lot of contestants. One particular contestant came out guns blazing yesterday evening, and that would be Josh Kaufman from team Usher. His cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” was perfection, and the type of performance that gives a singer a sea of popular momentum. (Think Andrew Garcia’s cover of “Straight Up” from “Idol.”)
Kaufman flaunted his radio-ready voice with all the flavor you could want: high and low, rich and silky. The thumping percussion against his dancing falsetto was pure magic. Most of what makes performers great on these singing shows is not just great voices, but great artistry and mass-market appeal. This guy is ready. Usher knows it too; the cameras couldn’t resist capturing the cheesy grin plastered on his face.
Are you currently trying to download the performance on iTunes? Me too.
And to think that Adam Levine eliminated Kaufman in the second battle round is just mind-blowing. Christmas came early for Usher this year, who snuck in and snatched up a strong frontrunner.
“Stay With Me” is resonating with the rest of America too. The song has already skyrocketed up to number four on iTunes, which will have a multiplying effect of five on his voting results.
Adam, what on EARTH were you thinking?