How has your experience on “The Voice” been so far?
It’s been the greatest experience of my life. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the show, be on TV, and get to interact with the coaches.
How did you get started in music?
Growing up, I would always sing with my older brother Richard, but I never thought it was possible to make a living out of singing other people’s songs. My brother kept coming up with all these great ideas to get ourselves out there, and we ended up forming a group in high school. Initially, there were five of us, but then later it became just three. It was my brother, a good friend, and I. R-Style was the group name and we were together for about 17 years.
Did you have much success?
We would sing at any local shows or festivals we could get into and also weddings and corporate events. The furthest we went to perform was to India and England. I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but we found ourselves working with a management group in India for a little while, and we ended up performing Indian music.
What was that moment like for you when Nick Jonas declared you as the winner in the battle against Joanna Serenko?
It was completely unexpected. In my head, I had already decided that Joanna was going to win this. I was so shocked, and I didn’t remember which way I was going. I’m pretty sure I slightly tripped over the stairs. I was making plans to go home. But, I thought I might as well have fun and give it my all before I go. Thank God for editing. When I watched it back, I was like, ‘Wow they made me look great.”
What’s it been like working with Nick? Was he the coach that you were hoping for when you auditioned for the show?
Going into the audition, John Legend was my top pick because I felt like I was more of his genre. But, Nick was my second choice because he also grew up singing with his brothers, and I felt like I could relate a lot to him in that way. I’m really happy that it worked out this way. His energy is just like my brother’s, and I tell him all the time that he really reminds me of him.
What do you hope to do after “The Voice”?
I really hope that this experience brings more exposure and attention to what I’m doing, so people can see that I’m here. I’d love to perform at bigger venues, and one day, hopefully, record some music of my own.
NOTE: “The Voice” airs Monday nights on NBC. Taped episodes are slated to air through early May.