We add our accolades to thousands of publications lauding The Voice champion Jordan Smith
Charisma News highlights the spiritual dimension of Jordan Smith’s training and inspiration.
“Church of God Lee University’s Jordan Smith is now The Voice champion.
‘For all of us at Lee this has been a fun experience, watching the world encounter Jordan’s talent. It’s also been a source of pride that Jordan has stayed true to his calling. That is something we try to model for our students every day, so watching Jordan live it on national television has been deeply gratifying,’ Lee University Vice President for University Relations Jerome Hammond says.
While at Lee, Smith is part of the Lee Singers, directed by Brad Moffett.
‘(Jordan’s) singing gift was really honed because of his faith and worship life,’ Moffett says. ‘Singing in church is where he first started singing, and in a lot of ways, you can’t separate Jordan’s singing from his faith, no matter what he’s singing. For someone like Jordan, singing is an expression of Jordan’s spirituality, so much a part of who he is (is) tied directly to his faith, it’s hard to separate his craft, his artistry from his spirituality and faith.’
When Smith auditioned for The Voice earlier this year, he stunned judges with his performance of Sia’s ‘Chandelier.’
Smith joined Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s team after Levine declared him the ‘most important person to ever be on this show,’ after Smith’s audition.
In his run on the show, Smith’s songs have frequently topped iTunes charts, knocking Adele’s ‘Hello’ off her No. 1 spot on multiple occasions.
Smith’s rendition of ‘Mary Did You Know’ is currently the No. 1 single on the iTunes chart, and two of his other songs round out the top five.
When Smith performed ‘Mary Did You Know,’ some Lee students and alumni were skeptical, as the song is frequently performed in Lee chapels. But Smith won them over.
‘Not only did Jordan Smith prove that he deserves to win The Voice tonight, but he also redeemed ‘Mary Did You Know’ for all the Lee peeps in the process,’ student Drenda Butler posted on Facebook.
‘Jordan Smith singer, evangelist, humble celebrity, beautiful soul just informed America what Christmas is about and they are literally buying it on iTunes. Some things are more important than winning a TV music competition. Brad Moffett you’ve helped instill Christian artistry in that young man. Well done!’ Professor Jeff Salyer posted on Facebook.”
TODAY notes Smith’s transcendence of ‘rock star’ stereotypes in their interview.
“Jordan Smith, the newly-crowned champion of “The Voice,” might not look like your typical rock star — something coach Gwen Stefani noted a while back on the show.
But the 21-year-old college student from Kentucky told TODAY that he’s fine with that, because what’s inside him is what counts more.
p>’This whole time I’ve been proving that those things aren’t really what matters,” he said during his visit to the plaza Thursday. “When I won the show, it was just kind of a big moment for me, and I proved to myself, like, what’s on the outside doesn’t matter. It’s all about what’s in your heart and what you love to do and doing those things.'”
Suzannah Showler, writing for Slate, dubbed Smith ‘The Voice From Above’ while describing an increasingly religious tone to the whole series.
“Now, in its ninth season, The Voice is in its own weird way the most religious show in prime time. Coaches will often refer to singers’ virtue, holding them as examples of ‘what makes this show so pure.” They take note of who brings “a message,’ and cast ‘prayers’ for their moving forward in the competition. And the judges’ rapturous descriptions of their singers’ gifts are getting more and more cosmic: ‘Your voice seems like it’s made of what beautiful clouds are made of,’ Pharrell Williams told one contestant recently, ‘and it seemed like when you sang just now, the stars would come out to assist that moment’—a sentiment with a real stonerish vibe, but also an expression of a universe that is sacred and responsive.”
“But it’s Jordan Smith who brings forth the spirit in the show most often. Smith’s octave-bending version of Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ prompted Williams to tell the singer: ‘Literally, it’s totally true that God has signed your voice.’ Gwen Stefani jumped in to concur: ‘All I can think of is God when he sings.’ Beginning with that isolation of singers’ voices in the blind auditions, The Voice has always been making an argument about where and how ‘gifts’ are manifest. A vocal competition—something that seems to be about exploring the limits of a wholly human instrument—has morphed into an explicit insistence on the existence of a higher power. When Williams imagines Smith’s voice as God’s John Hancock, he’s fixing talent to faith, proposing that Smith’s art is, itself, evidence of a divine art.”
“This season has also played out against the backdrop of world events. The episode immediately following the terrorist attacks in Paris opened with the not-unexpected platitude of ‘thoughts and prayers.’ After Jordan Smith’s delivery of a traditional American hymn, even Blake Shelton, least sentimental of the coaches, was moved: ‘Coming off the weekend and the horrible things that happened over in Paris … thank you for that.’ Adam Levine, Smith’s coach, added: ‘Sometimes there’s so much about the world that can be so confusing and so sad, and then you come along and make us all feel like there’s a lot of hope. … Listen to this guy sing, and all of a sudden you feel a sense of rejuvenation and joy that for a minute there you don’t think you’re going to get to feel again.'”