The Summer of 2013

Lets go back to the summer of 2013


For a while, my Mom and Grandma had been bugging me about auditioning for The Voice.




It’s not that I wasn’t a fan of the show. I just didn’t want to wake up early to wait in a super long line for open-call auditions. Go ahead and call me lazy, but I had gone through that before when I auditioned for American Idol and America’s Got Talent. I had no desire to experience that again.


As the summer of 2013 ended, I headed back to Capital University to begin my sophomore year of college. I spent my freshman year studying music technology (sound recording) with a minor in business. I enjoyed my time as a music tech major, but I eventually realized that I was pursuing that degree for the wrong reasons. I didn’t want to be the one sitting in the control room of a studio. I wanted to be on the other side of the glass singing and recording my own music.


I switched my degree to business marketing for two reasons.


1.     I like money

2.     I had no idea what else to major in 


At this point in my life, I thought I had it all figured out. I would graduate with a degree in business, get a job, get married, pop out a few kids (not me, my wife) and play music on the weekend.


Having a career in music was never really an option. The unpredictable and inconsistent life of a musician was, and still is, terrifying to me. I’m a very detail-oriented, and structured person, and the music business is anything but that.


In October of 2013, as I was just settling in-to my sophomore year of college, A new professor named Neil had just arrived on campus and received an email from the casting department of The Voice. Neil didn’t know many students, so he got in touch with the head of the music technology department, who finally contacted me about auditioning. All I had to do was send in a video of myself singing three cover songs.


To this day I have no idea how or why Neil received that email. All I know is that Neil, someone that I barely knew and still, to this day, don’t know very well, ended up playing a pivotal role in my life journey.


Keep Singing,


Proverbs 16:9


Chris Jamison