Ex-Auburn Resident Advances On NBC's 'The Voice'

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Sam James, who was born and raised in Auburn, was picked by Adam Levine on NBC's "The Voice" on Monday night. Photo Credit: Sam James

AUBURN, Mass. – Sam James, who was born and raised in Auburn, was shot down in his first quest on NBC’s “The Voice,” but the local singer came back Monday night and proved that he belongs on the show.

On Monday night, James advanced on the television show, which is a singing competition with celebrities Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as the coaches and vocal mentors.

James landed on Levine’s team after James sang “Imagine” by The Beatles, while also playing guitar. The Maroon 5 lead singer said he liked how James sang it “differently than it was originally done, which I really respect.”

“You have a fantastic voice, and you definitely deserve to be here,” Levine said. “And I’m happy you’re on my team, man.”

According to his website, “Sam James is a singer-songwriter rising to prominence in the alternative folk-rock scene. Fresh off an extended tour, he has already amassed a sizable fan base. Inspired by such masters as Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, John Mayer and David Wilcox, James writes and performs his own songs on guitar and piano.”

His first audition aired Feb. 6. Although he was not chosen to continue in the competition, the judges gave him favorable reviews and told him he sounded exactly like soul and rock singer Gavin Degraw. James sang Degraw’s hit song “I Don’t Want To Be.”  

James attended Assumption School in Millbury and graduated from St. John’s Prep in Shrewsbury before moving to Worcester. He now lives in Sturbridge. When James is not touring, he plays locally at clubs, restaurants and venues, including the Banner in Worcester.

To hear a sample of Sam James' music, visit his website, which is in progress.

Check back with The Daily Voice to see how James does on the show.

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