Jeremiah Jermaine Paul (born July 26, 1978) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Harriman, New York who won season 2 of the Voice USA, mentored by Blake Shelton. He was the first of three straight winners mentored by Shelton.
Born the fifth of ten children in Harriman, New York, Paul was rasied in Spring Valley, New York. Thanks to his parents, Paul stayed out of trouble and put his focus into music, playing instruments and singing. By the time he was 12, he was singing in churches and local talent shows with his family. As an adult, he pursued music as his career, working as a background singer for superstar R&B singer Alicia Keys. He has also sang background vocals for other artists such as Mary J. Blige and Joss Stone.
The Voice USAEditPaul auditioned for season 2 of the Voice by singing the Avril Lavigne song "Complicated". He got two coaches - Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green- to turn around for him. Despite being an R&B singer, Paul choose Shelton, a country singer, as his mentor.
Despite a lot of the focus and attention being given to rocker Juliet Simms of Team Cee Lo because of her own amazing performances, Paul held his own, taking on songs such as "Livin' On a Prayer" by Bon Jovi and "Open Arms" by Journey, the latter allowing him to showcase his strong vocal range. However, he was never considered a frontrunner by many fans of the show. His victory over Simms on May 8, 2012 is considered by many to be an upset.
Post the VoiceEdit
Paul released his winner's single, a cover of the R. Kelly classic "I Believe I Can Fly", which debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100. He later released his version of the Bob Carlisle song "Butterfly Kisses". He then released his first original single, "I Believe in This Life", which he performed on the Voice on November 8, 2012. His debut album, Finally, is scheduled to be released sometime in 2014.
- Finally (2014)
- "I Believe I Can Fly" (2012)
- "Butterfly Kisses" (2012)
- "I Believe in This Life" (2012)