Jermaine Paul, a former background singer for megastars like Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys, can no longer hide in the shadows of other artists. After winning season 2 of The Voice on Tuesday, his singing talent has brought him front and center into the spotlight.
When Carson Daly announced Juliet Simms’ second-place finish, only Jermaine remained. Victorious, Jermaine’s emotion was felt by anyone who watched as he thanked the voters, his family and Jesus. Concluding with “I believe I can fly,” it is no wonder Jermaine soared to the top.
Though Jermaine may have edged out his competition by capturing the coveted $100,000 and a recording contract, don’t feel so bad for fellow finalists Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, and Tony Lucca. Adding to the excitement of the 2-hour season finale, all finalists were awarded a brand new car, on top of the subsequent TV appearances and media attention that follow leading competitors.
The season-ending spectacular built up the anticipation before the winner was announced. Performances by former contestants, current contestants backed by stars ranging from Daryl Hall and John Oates to Lady Antebellum, highlight reels of judge missteps, and a return by Justin Bieber to sing his popular single “Boyfriend,” kept the live and at-home audiences roaring, reported LA Times.
Amid the glitz and glam of his newfound fame, Jermaine’s journey is one of inspiration for other young, struggling artists. It had taken Paul years of hard work to get to where he is today.
And let’s face it, it’s not like he didn’t have great help along the way. Wednesday on the Today Show, Jermaine flashed his pearly white smile when Ann Curry asked about his relationship with his mentor, country sensation Blake Shelton.
Being crowned the latest winner of The Voice, is just the start of this multi-faceted, married father’s reign over the music industry. His humility and grace are second only to his voice, which sings hope and passion to all who listen.