One local college student is making a big name for himself after a powerhouse performance on NBC's The Voice.
If you didn't catch the performance you've probably heard about it. Lee University student, Jordan Smith, debuted during the blind auditions last week. He awed the judges and the crowd. We had the chance to talk with Jordan about the excitement of being on the show.
From the moment 21-year-old Jordan Smith took the stage his unique voice captivated the judges.
"When those chairs started turning around I was just flooded with relief, you know. Almost to the point of laughing in the middle of it because it was just a crazy moment," says Smith.
He says his voice has turned heads all his life.
"My voice is not exactly what you would expect, especially if you saw me," he says.
He wants to encourage others who may have self-confidence issues.
"I also wanted to take the chance to maybe inspire someone."
"He honestly may be one of the best singers in the world," says Connor Craig.
Friends like Connor Craig and fellow classmates say they are not surprised Jordan got a four chair turn.
"I knew it was going to happen one day. I knew one day he'd be recognized on the national or global level," says Craig.
"We're all real proud of him here at Lee. He's been around here for about three years and he's one of my favorite singers. Maybe one of the very best singers I've ever had the chance to work with," says Brad Moffett, director of The Lee Singers.
"I'm very proud to represent Lee. Lee was the perfect breeding ground for this success," says Jordan.
He hopes to sing his way to the top, and says it is the support from East Tennessee that is helping him get there.
"I love it there and it's my second home and none of this would be possible without them."
Smith chose Adam Levine as his coach.
He is not the only local connection to the voice. Ellie Lawrence grew up in Crandall, Georgia and she is on Gwen Stefani's team.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 3.