Jermaine Paul was looking for a coach he could bond with when he got two of the signature red chairs to turn for his blind audition on “The Voice.”
He found himself looking into the earnest eyes of Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton and the dark sunglasses of colorful soulman Cee Lo Green.
And that made all the
“I'm a huge fan of Cee Lo's music and Cee Lo. And I was going to pick him. But, you know, I was really looking for a connection and it's something as simple as the shades that Cee Lo was wearing; he had a pair of dark shades on and I just
“Then I looked at Blake and Blake was just there; he was just like simple but there. ... It was just what you see is what you get, you know. And that's the kind of guy that I want to be. That's the kind of person that I am. And it just made sense.”
Paul — whose musical influences include Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder — and Shelton, the down-home country hit-maker who lives in Tishomingo, seemed like an odd couple, but the reality show's Season 2 winner said his coach helped him grow as an artist and emerge
“Blake really challenged me. He really made me feel like he was going to be the type of coach that would definitely push me to be my best.”
As the Season 2 winner of “The Voice,” Paul, 33, of Orange County, N.Y., earned a recording contract as well as a sense of coming full circle.
“I've been working 17-plus years on just trying to seal a record deal and