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November 19, 2017

‘The Voice’ contestant in Sylva for Free Concert

A contestant on “The Voice,” Geoff McBride will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

The powerhouse singer blew away millions of viewers — and judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green — with his explosive twist on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” during the blind auditions phase of NBC’s mega-hit talent competition.

“I want to convey the essence of who I am as a vocalist and an artist,” McBride said. “My love for a variety of music, from pop and R&B to gospel, acoustic, soul and rock. Though my foundation is in soul music, I am not just a soul singer. I believe that all music transcends together.”

McBride, whose rough video demo of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” got him in the door and who sealed the deal singing “Drift Away” for the show’s executive producers, never viewed his time on the show as a competition — but rather an opportunity to share his gift.

Having only returned to singing live professionally a few years ago after some years away from the industry, McBride’s rekindled passion inspired his decision to become a recording artist once again. A key part of this was the on-screen encouragement of Aguilera, who snagged McBride for her team after a mini-battle for him with Green.

With a rich vocal palette that taps as deeply into the church music traditions of his youth as it does the romantic power of legends like Seal, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Donny Hathaway, the North Carolina born singer brings his uncanny storytelling ability — in the tradition of another of his heroes, James Taylor — to his music and his live performances.

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the library at 828.586.2016. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).

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