This week on The Voice, Team Cee Lo singer Nicholas David squared off against team mate Mycle Wastman in the knockout round to advance in the competition.
One of the most unique singers on The Voice this season, Nicholas has consistently wowed fans and the coaches with his soulful versatility. An accomplished singer, songwriter and musician looking for a fresh start, Nicholas delivered another unique performance this week with Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On.”
Although Mycle Wastman tried to outperform Nicholas with Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” David made the right emotional connection with coach Cee Lo to win this week’s knockout round.
One of the key factors to victory this week for Nicholas, however, was his individuality and uniquely identifiable style. But since we live in a new social world that celebrates following, does Nicholas find it that much harder to be unique?
“No, I don’t think so,” Nicholas told The Deadbolt this week, “not really at all.”
“I just try to be myself and I honestly don’t really worry about that. When we’re doing the show, it’s sometimes like – when you wake up, who do you want to be like? I’m like, myself! When you’re thinking about your outfit, who do you try to emulate or be like? Again, myself. That’s all I try to be. I don’t how not to be me.”
When Nicholas David first hit The Voice stage for his blind audition, Cee Lo was quick to snap up the singer, who performed the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me” with the soul of Joe Cocker and the style of the great Jose Feliciano.
Despite the comparisons, however, Nicholas made the song his own. After all, there was no other way David could do it since he makes every song his own.
With the first knockout behind him, what does Nicholas do to stay focused?
“I keep following this adventure with every turn that it takes. I just keep going. Hopefully I can get on the piano. That’s an adventure I’m looking forward to. I’ve just been going in willing and ready.”
Nicholas David on the piano? Now that we want to see!
But how does Nicholas feel he’s grown since the blind audition, especially without his guitar?
“I do feel like I’ve grown a little bit more. I definitely have to open my eyes more, but it’s easier to feel it with them shut. There’s no distraction, I can just get a direct line right to spirit. I just keeping following this with an open mind and an open heart for sure.”
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