The Voice US: Jej Vinson Moves Forward To The Knockouts

The judges of The Voice fell in love with him first when he sang Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’ at the blind auditions, and he made them fall in love with him even more after his magnificent duet in the Battle Round.

The four-chair turner, Jej Vinson is a powerhouse of talent. In the recent episode of The Voice, Vinson and his partner, Beth Griffith-Manley stuns the judges after they gave an emotional and powerful rendition of the hit R&B pop song, ‘Jelous’ by the Labyrinth.

The duet performance earned a standing ovation from the judges that made their coach Kelly Clarkson so proud. “I am so excited because ya’ll do exactly what I asked you to do because you are extremely talented,” Kelly told the contestants.

“It’s insane how incredibly talented you both are,” she added.

Jen Vinson, a twenty-two-year-old R&B and pop singer, based in Los Angeles, made the four judges of this season’s The Voice turned their chairs on him on his blind audition. During his first appearance in the show, the judges have already fought each other to be his coach. In a decision that everyone least expected from a male pop singer, Jej chose Kelly over Adam Levine, John Legend, and Blake Shelton.


Adam Levine praised the performance Jej, and Beth gave this week. He pointed out the perfection of the unison the two made together that added spice and professionalism to their performance calling the “best” unison he “ever heard.”

“It’s perfect. It’s amazing how your voice blended together.”

The Maroon 5 singer-judge chose said that based on the performance, you would select Jej over Beth “just because there were times you [Jej] did upstage Beth a little bit.”

Another judge chimed in and agreed with Adam. Blake Shelton said that while he thinks that Beth was “incredible,” but Jej is “singing note per note the notes you [Beth] is singing as a female.” He previously announced that he was ‘looking at the winner of The Voice this season’ following Vinson’s blind audition.

It can be recalled that Levine warned Jej Vinson during his blind audition, to not be ‘too perfect.’ He said that he felt like his singing is too ‘surgical,’ where the notes and the runs are perfectly placed. He promised the budding singer that if he goes with his team, he will make sure that people can feel his music.

“I want to make sure that we get to a place where people can feel you as well as they can hear you, ” Levine said.

In his blind audition song, ‘Passionfruit’ by Drake, John Legend who was then trying to convince Jej to be his coach, praised the precision of Vinson’s singing saying that it seems like he ‘he knew the note (he) wanted, picks them up from the air and hit every single one of them.’

“[It was a] wild, inspired, song choice because Drake’s kinda monotone normally…but you soared, ” Legend said.

Growing Up In The Philippines

The young singer, Jej, grew in the Philippines before he and his family moved to the United States when he was 15 years old. During the blind auditions, he was very proud to announce his Filipino roots saying: “I was originally from the Philippines, but is now living in Los Angeles.”

After moving from the Philippines, Jej Vinson and his family first settled in South Dakota where he started to get interested in taking his talents to a broader reach. He continued singing in Karaoke and practiced his craft.

When he was 18 years old, Jej joined an a capella competition in Los Angeles, and he made up his mind that music is indeed her calling. He and his family packed their bags up and left South Dakota to move to California where he studies music at USC and has become the former musical director of the school’s a capella group.

In the end, Kelly Clarkson made a tough decision of choosing Jej Vinson to move on to the Knockout Rounds over Beth Griffith-Manley.

Will Jej Vinson make it to the finals of this season of The Voice? No one is yet sure; but one thing is certain: that his Filipino countrymen are proud of him and his talents and he will soar higher than ever. /apr

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