Drawing on his extensive R&B singing influences and experiences in the Great Expectations Show Choir, 2013 Twinsburg High School graduate Anthony Paul recently secured a spot on the cast of NBC's The Voice.
Paul made it through the blind auditions and secured a spot on "Team Cee Lo" by singing "With You" by Chris Brown.
"Being on stage, I can't even explain the amount of nerves that you go through," Paul said. "I felt very prepared going up there and there just comes a time when you have to do it, you can't be scared to do it."
The current Great Expectations Show Choir had a watch party at Panini's in Twinsburg for the Paul segment on The Voice, where current and former members of the choir watched Paul's performance.
Paul was a standout show choir singer throughout high school. After countless performances with his show choir group, The Voice will be his first time performing solo.
Currently enrolled at Elmhurst College in Ill., Paul said he is working hard to juggle school responsibilities with his appearances and responsibilities on The Voice.
"It's so cool that this is happening," Paul said. "It's getting to me ... I can feel like it could be overwhelming. It's not there yet. It's very cool but you have to be responsible about it."
Follow Anthony on Twitter at @AnthonyCPaul.
"The Voice" returns with vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's fifth season.
The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind auditions (in which Paul successfully competed), the battle rounds, the knockouts and the live performance shows.
During the blind auditions, decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them -- thanks to rotating chairs.
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