UPDATE: Yes, he won. Give a listen here.
You know that guy you saw on March 10th’s episode of “The Voice”?
The one whose rendition of George Michael’s “One More Try” led to all four “coaches” turning around and fighting for him (before he finally selected Adam Levine)? This guy?
Well, the last time you heard Josh Kaufman, it might have been when you were ordering a sandwich at Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Monument Circle.
Chuck Brewer, owner of Potbelly, said that Kaufman has been in his musical stable for nearly three years, almost since the shop opened and began featuring open mic musicians on the weekend and paid performers during the week.
“He’s so soul, so R&B,” said Brewer. "And you wouldn't know it by looking at him, but he’s got a killer Lenny Kravitz."
“Josh has been going back and forth to LA for probably seven months now,” added Brewer. “He couldn’t tell me much due to the spoiler contract, but he needed me to know that he was going to miss a week here and a week there while the celebrities make him the next big thing.”
“I’m happy to let him go and do that.”
The web page for “The Voice” describes Kaufman as “a married father with a passion for music.”
But, it adds, “he lives in Indianapolis, a city where it is tough to make a living as a musician.”
To be sure, after all four judges showed tried to woo him, Kaufman mentioned he was from Indianapolis and the crowd response was, well, quiet.
“He’s torn,” the web site dramatically continues, “between continuing to chase his dream and giving it all up for a regular job to provide for his wife and kids. The Voice is his last chance, a Hail Mary to kick-start his career.”
After the blind auditions are complete, each coach will work with team members, who then must compete in battle rounds, one-on-one knockouts, and then a series of live performances. The winner of “The Voice” leaves with a recording contract. Many also find their way into “The Voice Tour.”
“My guess is we may now see him less frequently,” said Brewer. “But he’s still on our schedule and his guitars are still here.”
Plus Brewer hopes to pull together a blocking-off-the-circle concert.
“I hope I can make that happen. That’s my plan."