There’s a ton of buzz on the Internet surrounding Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice, which arguably has the deepest talent pool ever on reality TV with current contestants like Tony Lucca (former MMC member/long-time indie singer-songwriter) and Jermaine Paul (ex-background singer for Alicia Keys) emerging as the early favorites. Then there’s R&B singer-songwriter Angel Taylor, who just received a huge plug from ex-tourmate Gavin DeGraw in RollingStone, after her rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” But don’t sleep on this singer, she’s another contestant with an impressive industry résumé, which includes being signed to Columbia Records in 2009 and is a former VH1 You Oughta Know Artist.
DeGraw went on to tell Rollingstone: “It doesn’t surprise me that if she was on it, she would kill it. She’s amazing, she was on tour with me and she was the opening act for me a few years ago. I met her out in Portland, Oregon, really fucking cool. Some people you say hi to and it’s okay, but she’s legitimately cool the way you want a star to be cool. I love her, she’s fantastic, great singer.”
Personally, I think it’s great that The Voice gives a new platform to artists who are experienced musicians who for one reason or another never broke-through to mainstream success. That being said, The Voice has yet to prove itself as a viable career launching pad for last season’s winner Javier Colon in comparison to the American Idol franchise who has given us artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, and Fantasia Barrino. Guess time will tell with this one.