Cincinnati Singer Tyshawn Colquitt Joins Jennifer Hudson’s Team on ‘The Voice’

The local resident wows with a version of Sam Smith’s “Like I Can” on the season premiere of the hit NBC singing competition program

click to enlarge Tyshawn Colquitt on NBC's 'The Voice'
Tyshawn Colquitt on NBC's 'The Voice'

On last night’s premiere of The Voice, Cincinnati singer Tyshawn Colquitt advanced after wowing the TV show’s celebrity coaches with a version of Sam Smith’s “Like I Can.”

Coaches Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton both wanted Colquitt for their teams. Fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine advised Colquitt to join Team Jennifer, which he ultimately did. The coaches compared Colquitt’s soulful voice (marked by a smooth falsetto) to Brian McKnight, Mariah Carey, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and Curtis Mayfield (who, mystifyingly, Shelton thought was a baseball player).

Watch his "blind audition" below:

Colquitt, 23, is a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he majored in Vocal, Jazz and Musical Theater. He was featured on Cincy music legend Bootsy Collins' latest album, World Wide Funk.

Two years ago, Colquitt won first place in an Amateur Night at The Apollo. Watch it here


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