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.