RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The knockout rounds continue on NBC's "The Voice." Only twenty singers will advance, and we are hoping Richmond's own Evan McKeel will be among them. We recently sat down with the 20-year-old, who says he has been preparing for an opportunity like this his entire life.
Many believe Evan McKeel is the real deal.
You could say he started working for his spot on "The Voice" when he was a child. The Richmond native grew up listening to his parents' old records, from Stevie Wonder to Carole King to James Taylor.
"I started singing at my church, in the kids' choir and in our Christmas productions and stuff, when I was about 6 or 7... That's when I really started going 'Whoa, this is like my main thing. This is kind of what I want to stay focused on,'" McKeel said.
As a middle school student, he learned to play the piano and guitar. By the time he was 16, he was writing his own songs and booking gigs all over Richmond.
Music eventually became his full-time job, and it also became more than just notes and lyrics. "I think every song has something that it speaks... Every time I sing a song, I want to find what it speaks, and I want to speak it as best as I can," McKeel said.
He spoke the language loud and clear, enough to get the attention of a talent scout from "The Voice."
"I got an email from a scout on the show. They found a video of me singing a Maroon 5 song, funny enough, on Youtube, and asked if I would come to DC for a private audition for the show... I was like 'Oh wow. This isn't spam,'" McKeel said.
He is now singing on a stage, watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers each week. His childhood dream has come true.
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