As a participant on The Voice, I always kept my expectations low. During the show, I often comforted myself by thinking, “Chris, if you don’t make it to the next round, you will just keep doing exactly what you planned on doing in the first place: finish your degree, get a job and start the family you always wanted. The world won’t end.”
Did I want to have a spot in the finale?
But even if I didn’t make it to the second round, I knew that my family would still love me because no matter what I decided to pursue in life, they would always be around to offer guidance and support.
God blessed me with an extremely supportive family. My parents always encouraged my siblings and I to pursue all of our interests. For those of you who don’t know, I am one of 5 kids. I have an older brother, younger sister, and two triplet sisters, so my parents spent a lot of time and money making sure that we each had the opportunity to pursue our own passions. I can never repay them for the sacrifices they made for us; all I can do is support my kids the same way my parents have supported me.
The deadline was quickly approaching for The Voice’s video submission, so I began compiling a list of song choices. The three songs I chose to submit were:
Treasure – Bruno Mars (the coolest dude on the face of the earth, the only one that really gives Jesus a run for his money-that’s a joke. Jesus is the coolest).
Lights – Ellie Goulding (I’m not sure why I chose this one. I think I had watched a cool acoustic version of it on YouTube. Plus, I thought it would help me stand out from the other submissions if I performed a song originally recorded by a female).
Unaware – Allen Stone (My favorite song of all time and one that I still play at all of my shows)
I recorded my audition video in Studio E at Capital University, and I had a friend of a friend set up a camera, place a few microphones, and hit record. Nothing fancy. My good friend and current bandmate, Jordan Millisor, accompanied me on the guitar as I tried my best to show off my vocal chords. I hit as many high notes as I could and threw in a few runs (maybe more than a few, I tend to get carried away).
I emailed the final video to Neil so that he could forward it to the casting department.
My expectations remained low. How was a kid from Pittsburgh going to end up on a national TV show?