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Jermaine Paul makes a connection on 'The Voice'

Jermaine Paul, the season 2 winner of the reality TV show “The Voice” credits his coach, Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton, with pushing him to be his best.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 23, 2012

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 difference for the future winner of the hit reality TV show.

“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 really wanted to feel a genuine connection. And I just couldn't really grab a hold of that with his shades on,” Paul told The Oklahoman during a teleconference last week.

“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 victorious.

“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 possibly get a chance to put an album out and just (achieve) the whole dream of just being an artist. That's been really my focus since I was about 16 years old, when I signed my first deal.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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