How You Can Win A Trip To Meet Adam Levine At ‘The Voice’

AdamLevine_ExperienceWhat fan of The Voice wouldn’t want to meet Adam Levine backstage before the show? Now you can enter to win a chance to do just that – simply by contributing to a good cause.

Adam has partnered with Omaze to create a dream experience for any member of Team Adam: to be flown to Los Angeles, where you and a friend will meet him backstage before a taping of The Voice during next month’s Season 4 live shows. It’s a great gesture to support one of Maroon 5’s charities of choice, Aid Still Required.

How do you get to be that lucky fan? Anyone 18 and over is eligible to win, simply by going to the entry page on Omaze.com and contributing a minimum of $10 to Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief to victims of rape and those suffering  from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Haiti. Every entry translates to approximately 10 hours of trauma relief for someone in need.

You have until April 30 to enter to win this fantastic experience; click here to get started. For more information on Aid Still Required and their efforts in Haiti, you can also visit the charity’s official website.

The Voice continues tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Adam Levine Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’

Adam Levine hosted Saturday Night Live last night. While it wasn’t a great episode – despite Adam’s best efforts – if you missed any of it, here are the links to most of the sketches in which Adam appeared. Make sure you check out the new Digital Short.

(Missing is the Maroon 5/Train/Jason Mraz/John Mayer bar feud skit.)

Did you watch SNL on Saturday? What did you think of Adam’s hosting debut? Weigh in by leaving a comment.

Maroon 5, Blake Shelton Earn Grammy Nominations

Adam Levine might be out of the running on The Voice, but on Wednesday night he received a great consolation prize: two Grammy nominations.

Levine and his band Maroon 5 earned recognition in the ‘Best Pop Duo/Group Performance’ category for their hit single “Payphone,” and their most recent album Overexposed was also on the short list for the ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ trophy.

Maroon 5 has won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for six others. The band also performed at Wednesday’s nominations concert, televised by CBS.

The Voice coach Blake Shelton is also a nominee in the ‘Best Country Solo Performance’ category for the song “Over” from his album Red River Blue.

His wife – and Team Blake’s advisor in Season 2 – Miranda Lambert was nominated in the ‘Best Country Album’ category for her release Four the Record.

Another Voice advisor, Kelly Clarkson, is up for four prizes. Her album Stronger is a nominee for ‘Record of the Year’ as well as ‘Best Pop Vocal Album.’ The title track is also a contender for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance.’ Clarkson also worked with Team Blake in the second season.

The Grammys will be awarded on February 10 at 8 PM ET/PT on CBS.

The Voice continues next Monday at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.

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‘The Voice’ News Roundup: Who Has New Music Coming In November?

November is set to be a big month for fans of The Voice! Not only are the Season 3 live shows starting on November 5, but a number of artists have new music set to be in your hands this month. Here’s what’s headed your way, in chronological order:

  • November 4: Coach Blake Shelton is taping his new Christmas special, which will air on NBC in December. Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas will feature appearances by some of Blake’s former Voice advisors, including Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, and of course, his wife Miranda Lambert. You can put in your request for free tickets to the taping by visiting this website.
  • November 5: The Voice‘s first Season 3 live show airs.
  • November 6: Team Cee Lo’s Justin Hopkins (Season 2) releases his live acoustic CD, This Could Happen Anywhere. Having already had the chance to hear it, I can say this is an album The Voice fans do not want to miss. You can hear Justin talk about it in my recent interview with him from his October show in San Diego.
  • November 7: The Voice‘s second Season 3 live show airs (postponed due to Election Day).
  • November 8: The Voice‘s third Season 3 live show – the first results show – airs on NBC. This show will feature a special live performance by Adam Levine and Maroon 5, as well as the debut of Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul‘s next single. Jermaine’s album will arrive on December 18, the Tuesday before Christmas.
  • November 12: The Voice‘s fourth Season 3 live show.
  • November 13: The Voice‘s fifth Season 3 live show. Coach Christina Aguilera‘s Lotus, which features guest vocals from Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, arrives. In addition, Team Christina’s Moses Stone (from Season 2) is releasing his mixtape, Resilient, which includes a track with Lisa Scinta (from Season 3).
  • November 20: The Voice‘s sixth Season 3 live show. Team Cee Lo’s Tje Austin (Season 1) drops his new album, Dreamin’ Big.
  • November 21: The Voice‘s seventh Season 3 live show.
  • November 27: The Voice‘s eighth Season 3 live show.
  • November 28: The Voice‘s ninth Season 3 live show.

In other The Voice news, NBC has officially announced a premiere date for Season 4, which will be the first season for new coaches Shakira and Usher. That will start on March 25, 2013.

For more from Brittany Frederick on The Voice, visit Big Red Chairs and follow me on Twitter (@bigredchairs).  

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What’s Adam Levine’s Big News?

The Voice coach Adam Levine had ‘big news’ to announce this morning while visiting On Air with Ryan Seacrest: Maroon 5 will start its long-awaited North American tour on February 13 and visit 31 arenas through April 6.

Tickets go on sale today for Maroon 5 fan club members and this Saturday to the general public, and there are now three levels of VIP available. For dates and more information, visit maroon5.com.

Other soundbites from the interview: Adam described his initial decision to do the show as a “calculated risk” that obviously paid off, said that he’s in “a few” episodes of American Horror Story, and was asked which song he gets sick of playing. “I have my favorites…[but] the crowd makes everything fun or less fun depending on their reaction,” he replied.

The radio appearance is the first of many media stops for Adam over this coming week: he’ll be interviewed and perform with Maroon 5 on NBC’s Today on Thursday, October 25 (7 AM ET/PT) and Thursday evening, he will be a guest on CBS’ Late Night with David Letterman (11:35 PM ET/PT). The next day Adam is on ABC’s Live! With Kelly and Michael (9 AM ET/PT), and Monday, October 29 he’ll visit Anderson Live (check your local listings for time/channel).

You can see more of Adam as The Voice continues tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC, and here’s the much cooler YouTube video he shot to announce the 2013 tour:

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Adam Levine Makes Acting Debut in ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ Tonight!

Team Adam, prepare to be scared. Our fearless leader Adam Levine makes his acting debut tonight as American Horror Story: Asylum premieres on FX at 10 PM ET/PT.

If you somehow missed all the hype, Adam guest stars as Leo, a photographer who’s on a ‘haunted honeymoon’ trek with his new bride Teresa (played by actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum from Step Up). They’re on the hunt for the most haunted places in the country, and their last stop is Briarcliff Asylum. Like many a couple in a horror flick, their only real interest is getting um, intimate, but it’s a matter of minutes before they realize they’re not alone.

A word of warning: American Horror Story is rated TV-MA for good reason. If you choose to watch, be aware that something horrible does happen to Adam’s character fairly early on. (Don’t worry, though, Adam himself is alive and well.)

Adam shot his scenes in AHS this summer, but now we’ll get to see the results. His next acting gig is in the film Can A Song Save Your Life, the cast of which also includes his fellow coach Cee Lo Green.

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Maroon 5 Scores 3 American Music Award Nominations

Remember this picture? This could happen again. It was announced today that Maroon 5 scored three nominations at the 2012 American Music Awards. They’re up in the top category, Artist of the Year, as well as Favorite Band/Duo/Group – Pop/Rock (the category they won last year), and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for their recent CD Overexposed. In addition, coach Christina Aguilera will perform at this year’s awards broadcast. The AMA’s will air Sunday, November 18 on ABC.

 

 

 

Big Red Chairs: June 29, 2012 – Chris Mann, Jesse Campbell, Nathan Parrett, Kim Yarbrough, Maroon 5

 

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Welcome to Big Red Chairs, the blog for all of your The Voice needs…this week, it’s a fantastic time to be Chris Mann, while Jesse Campbell launches his new album project, Nathan Parrett and Kim Yarbrough get ready to hit the stage, and oh yeah, Maroon 5 might have an album out.

The Top Story

I’ve always figured it must be pretty cool to be Team Christina’s Chris Mann: not only is he an amazing singer, but he’s also a gentleman who happens to never, ever have a bad hair day. Well, the events of the last week-plus have pretty much proved that Chris has the best life ever.

Not only did he get engaged to his girlfriend Laura recently, but Billboard is reporting that Chris has inked a “major” record deal with Faircraft. (Full disclosure: as stated in the article, Faircraft is an imprint of Universal Republic, the record label affiliated with The Voice. Universal Republic reps season one’s Dia Frampton and Vicci Martinez, and of course, season two winner Jermaine Paul, while season one champ Javier Colon recently parted ways with them.)

Chris is hard at work on new music; he’s already got the single “Roads” in the works, as he mentioned at the finale of The Voice last month. It also bears mention that he was one of my favorite people from season two, as he was one of the sweetest, most compassionate people all season long. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say a big congratulations to Chris on his professional and personal accomplishments, and that I wish him continued success going forward!

New Music: Maroon 5

In case you somehow didn’t notice the media blitz over the past week, coach Adam Levine and Maroon 5 have a new album out, entitled Overexposed. You can read my review of the album here. The band is now making the talk-show rounds performing; they hit Letterman and Jimmy Fallon’s shows earlier this week and Today this morning. (Tip: if you missed Letterman, go to YouTube and watch it. The surprisingly understated performance of “Payphone,” minus Wiz Khalifa – and no offense intended to Wiz Khalifa – is the best version of it I’ve heard yet, as it puts more focus on Adam’s vocals.)

Getting Music Made: Jesse Campbell

Team Christina’s Jesse Campbell has followed several of his colleagues and started a Kickstarter to fund his new album. You can donate to Jesse’s effort by using this link. Good luck to Jesse in making the project a success!

Tour Updates: Nathan Parrett and Kim Yarbrough Onstage

Team Adam colleagues Nathan Parrett and Kim Yarbrough are both appearing in theater productions in the very near future, albeit not together (sadface). This weekend, Kim will be co-starring in Let The Church Roll On at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. The play only runs for two nights, June 30 and July 1, so don’t miss it! If you haven’t already, get your tickets here.

Meanwhile, after a successful Kickstarter, Nathan and his colleagues are launching a new Los Angeles production of Spring Awakening that will launch next month. You can get tickets here for that production.

That’s all I’ve got for this week; as usual, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow me on Twitter at @bigredchairs.

 

Adam Levine: ‘The Voice’s’ Complete Rock Star

It’s his good looks that seem to be the talking point when discussing The Voice coach Adam Levine, but lest you forget, he’s a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who also happens to be an outstanding coach on the NBC hit series (and not just because he won last season).

Levine came to The Voice with nothing to prove. With his band Maroon 5, he’d released three successful albums (a fourth, Overexposed, is due June 26), won three Grammys (among numerous other awards and nominations), and built a devoted fan following worldwide. He was clearly an established musician with no need for a career boost. Yet with the popularity, there persisted the stigma that he was little more than a pretty face.That was a misconception to begin with; not only is Levine the lead singer for Maroon 5, but he also plays guitar, drums and even the piano, and writes or co-writes most of the band’s songs. The Voice has given him a platform to show those talents, as well as his smarts, charisma, compassion, and a refreshing honesty.

Of all the coaches, it’s Levine who’s gotten attention for his willingness to tell it exactly like it is on national television. Last year, when the other three coaches evenly split their semifinal scores between their artists, Levine weighed his heavily in favor of eventual winner Javier Colon, and promptly let Casey Weston know that he felt he had to push Colon through because it was possibly his last chance at success. (A statement that ended up being proven right when Colon later told reporters that without the show, “I would be doing something other than music.”)

And it was Levine’s comment about the season two artists not singing up to their full potential during performance shows that led the Voice producers to introduce this season’s instant eliminations. Whether it’s on the show or on Twitter (@adamlevine), he’s unafraid to shoot straight.

That honesty is the quality about him that’s most appreciated by many of the artists who have been part of Team Adam. “It’s been great being on Adam’s team,” Kim Yarbrough confided during a recent interview, “because he really has a strategy for everything that he does. He doesn’t just have a strategy for winning The Voice. This is his M.O. In this industry, nothing is really a coincidence. No one’s an overnight success. Every bit of it is planned. You really have to set yourself up for success, and he does that. It’s refreshing to see that somebody’s not going to lie to you and say, ‘I just happened up here.'”

Agreed Katrina Parker, “What I’ve taken from him is that everything he says, he says with intention. Everything he says is thought out and is for you to be the best you can possibly be. He really knows what he’s doing.”

That includes knowing when to take a step back out of the spotlight. Last year, Levine very clearly played second to Colon during their finals duet of “Man In The Mirror,” choosing to complement his finalist’s vocals. This season, we saw him elect not to sing during his team’s group performance, content to play the drums on their version of “Instant Karma” and let them be the center of attention.

His own attention is very definitely focused on developing the artists on his team, but not just with advice and experience; he’s giving them the support one expects from a coach and then some. In the six weeks of Voice live shows this season, I’ve seen Levine interact with his artists more than any of the other coaches. He’s gone backstage to talk with them before their “last chance” performances, and come onstage to give them encouragement before the results of America’s votes are revealed.

That’s not only an investment of time, but it also shows an investment of emotion, well beyond what one might expect from a celebrity coach who’s also doing about a dozen other things at any given moment. During this season of The Voice alone, he’s worked on that new Maroon 5 album, debuted and shot the video for the single “Payphone,” revealed that he’ll be in the new season of FX’s American Horror Story, and won the Golf Channel’s The Haney Project. Levine joked during a recent appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly that he thought his next day off might be in the fall of 2012.

As accomplished as he is, and as busy as he is, Levine would seem to have plenty of excuses to check out, or to have a rock star-worthy ego. While he refers to himself as cocky, and he has his pride (he enjoyed needling his fellow coaches during blind auditions by pointing out repeatedly that his team won last season), I’ll say that he is the sweetest, most caring person I’ve met in this business.

Being a fan of Maroon 5, when I began to cover The Voice last year, I was merely hoping to shake Levine’s hand and say hello. I was speechless when he introduced himself to me and then struck up an entire conversation. This happened to be the week before I was going into the hospital…which I mention because the next time he saw me, he immediately came over to ask how that had gone and make sure I was all right. That kindness is something I still hold onto to this day.

You can imagine my surprise when this season – almost a year later – he again spotted me and walked straight over to grab me into a hug and again ask how I was feeling. He’s given me his support when he certainly didn’t have to. If I often sound like I’m in his corner, it’s because I’ve gotten to meet and been honored to know a truly classy, compassionate individual who just happens to be talented and yes, ridiculously good-looking.

But he doesn’t need my help, or anyone else’s, to prove his worth. Adam Levine is the complete package: he can sing, he can play instruments, he writes his own material, he makes people laugh, he makes girls swoon, he’s won awards, and he’s also one of the nicest guys in the business. He may be getting attention for his sex appeal, but he deserves it for that and a whole lot more.

You can see more of Levine as The Voice finals air tonight at 8 PM ET/PT and a winner is named tomorrow at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC.

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