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The Voice: Garrett Gardner Talks Battle and Growth Between Seasons

5 years ago by Reg Seeton
Garrett Gardner (left) squares off against J'Sun (right) for Team Shakira on The Voice - Photo: NBC

Garrett Gardner (left) squares off against J’Sun (right) for Team Shakira on The Voice – Photo: NBC

When The Voice kicked off the Season 4 battle round this week on NBC, Garrett Gardner beat fellow Team Shakira singer J’Sun to advance in the competition.

Although Garrett Gardner was cut from Season 3 of The Voice after trying to earn a spot during the blind audition phase, the now 17-year old singer from New Jersey returned for Season 4 slightly older and musically wiser. As a result of hard work in the year in between seasons, Garrett landed on Team Shakira after singing The White Stripes hit “Seven Nation Army” in his blind audition.

In his first battle victory this week over the vocally gifted J’Sun on “How Do You Like Me Now,” Gardner proved to both the judges and fans that he truly belonged on The Voice after failing to make the show last season.

“Most of my voice has grown, from what Blake said, going from note to note,” Garrett told The Deadbolt this week after his battle with J’Sun. “It’s helped me a lot in just controlling the amount of runs, or lack thereof, that my voice can do, picking and choosing when to go from certain notes to the next.”

In Season 3 of The Voice, Garrett hit the stage with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” only to walk away disappointed despite some fans feeling he should have made The Voice last year.

As Garrett revealed to The Deadbolt, a year made all of the difference in his growth as an artist.

“The experience of not making it on the show when you have such a big opportunity,” Garrett added about his first audition last season, “to still have the confidence, I think it really helped me grow as a person to show that you’re not always going to make it in this industry. It’s very intense work ethic involved. Unless you keep going at it, it’s something that you’re never going to overcome. So, it just helped me grow as a person and as an artist.”

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!