Give a listen to Josh Kaufman's 'Voice'-winning voice

May 21, 2014
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I couldn't say it better than IBJ's Eight@8, so I repeat here, with links. Also, while "The Voice" tour isn't (yet) scheduled for Indianapolis, it is set for Chicago July 16.

And sometimes life just gets it right.

A few months ago, Josh Kaufman was a 38-year-old SAT test tutor and family man who gigged around Indianapolis as a blue-eyed soul singer, including a lunchtime slot at the Circle's Potbelly. Today, he is the newly crowned winner of NBC's "The Voice," with a record contract and a new car (brought to you by Kia!). Critics agreed: Kaufman was the class of the Season 6 class.

If you can only watch one performance, here's his scorching cover of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" from the finals. (His "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" is solid as well.) The bespectacled and bookish Kaufman couldn't be more humble and modest. (Here's his exit interview.)

Is he the next Steve Winwood or this year's Taylor Hicks? Who cares? He's ours, and he's a winner.

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  • Winner
    Just as long as he does not go country on us.
    • kaufman
      Well, if Kaufman doesn't mind making a few million a year and being one of the best live performers around then maybe he will be lucky enough to be the next Taylor Hicks. I doubt it because he doesn't have nearly as strong a voice or performing skills.
      • Josh
        A big Congratulations to Josh and his family. He is a true winner all the way. I never had any doubt that he would win!!!
      • Cody what?
        Ok...not gonna bash Taylor Hicks (well then again, maybe I will a little, but I don't dislike him...I'm not Simon), but Lou brought him up for a reason...of all of the winners of these mostly silly, over the top, "talent" contests, Mr. Hicks is easily the least talented. Doesn't mean he's devoid of talent...but if you seriously think that Mr. Hicks is a better singer than Mr. Kaufman, you need to get some hearing aids pronto, because you are in need of a auditory specialist...as for performing skills, I will take Kaufman's unpretentious "let the song do the talking approach" any day...Hicks' histrionics as a performer are clearly meant to distract folks from the fact that his voice is pretty ordinary...he is the stuff of parody (Jason Sudekis' "Soul Patrol", Fallon, Julia Louis Dreyfus...Taylor's best attribute is his unfailing good humor, as he seems to be in on the jokes, and can laugh at himself)...he has a residence in Vegas for heavens sake, he's only been around for 8 years and he's already reached the end of the road, the music business is littered with people who were moderately talented at best who made a fortune, getting paid well in music doesn't necessarily equate with artistry and talent...as for Kaufman, he may not even fare as well as Hicks has career wise despite being obviously far more talented...the blue eyed soul thing is gonna have to make a larger comeback for him to score big...there are other singers as good or better (Allen Stone for one) already working that territory who are doing well but not getting rich, if that is the criteria we are going to use to judge the art...the original purveyors of that genre (white dudes with soul music and gospel influences), like Hall and Oates, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, are still performing. The new music in that genre doesn't get a lot of airplay on the radio, or anywhere else...winning one of these contests doesn't necessarily guarantee success...I wish him luck and I hope he can ride his current notoriety to wherever he wants to go...I know several people who know him, and by all accounts he is a terrific person.

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