The Voice Battle Round: TSoul Beats Josh Hoyer With ‘In the Midnight Hour’ Performance

By Shawn Rice

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TSoul won his battle round against Josh Hoyer on The Voice with their performance of Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.” Blake Shelton noted Josh’s stage work and that TSoul can do many runs and it is interesting. Blake chose TSoul as the winner and to remain on his team.

Alicia Keys said that they brought the energy and life. She loved the joy that they had and how they lit up the stage. Gwen Stefani thought they were great singers and that their stage presence was amazing. She said it was really good to watch. Adam Levine felt that they both are so natural.

In their practice, Luke Bryan said that they complimented each other. Luke told Blake to pick one as advice.

When TSoul was a child, his grandmother would sit him at her piano and teach him how to play. The first time he sang in public was in the middle school choir. In college, TSoul joined his school’s gospel choir, where he had the chance to perform all over Europe, including for the Pope at the Vatican. At 20 years old, with no job and no backup plan, TSoul decided to commit to following his dream of music completely while couch surfing with friends in New York and Atlanta. When he is not gigging or writing music, he helps with his family’s catering business for extra income

Josh played the saxophone and sang in jazz choirs throughout middle and high school. After high school, he turned down a soccer scholarship to pursue music and traveled throughout Oregon and Louisiana. He then started a five-piece soul/funk/R&B band in Lincoln. He met his wife, Sarah, in Lincoln while bartending at the Zoo Bar. They have two children and he continues to gig and bartend on the side.

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Grammy Award-winning artist Gwen Stefani returns as a coach this season, joining megastars Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly.

The show’s innovative format features five stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, followed by the battle rounds, the knockouts, the live playoffs and, finally, the live performance shows.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their celebrity advisors. During the battle rounds, the coaches pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals available during the battle rounds. The coaches are assisted by John Legend, Luke Bryan, DJ Go to the full article.

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