AUBURN, Mass. – Sam James, who was born and raised in Auburn, was cut from NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night after he lost a tight knockout round.
“This has been such an amazing experience,” James said on NBC after losing. “For me to make it this far, it feels good, you know.”
James faced Melanie Martinez in the elimination round, as he sang “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn and she went with “Bulletproof” by La Roux.
Celebrity country singer Blake Shelton said James won the head-to-head competition, while pop singer Christina Aguilera said that Martinez was better. But all that mattered was coach Adam Levine’s decision as he chose Martinez.
“Melanie has this really unique voice that I feel like no one’s ever heard before,” Levine said. “She can go really, really far in this competition.”
Levine criticized James for not taking risks with his singing style. “If there’s anything I can tell you, I need you to get out of that comfort zone and get out of that space that is so cozy to you,” the coach said.
Back in September, James advanced on the television show, which is a singing competition with Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Shelton and Levine as the coaches and vocal mentors. James landed on Levine’s team in September after James sang “Imagine” by John Lennon, while also playing guitar.
This was his second time trying to reach musical stardom on the show, and he unfortunately came up short again.
“I’m a little bummed, but Melanie is fantastic,” James said. “I’m rooting for her, and hopefully you’ll catch me again soon.”
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, including “Imagine,” visit his website.