Jermaine Paul Belts Out Journey’s ‘Open Arms’ on ‘The Voice’
On ‘The Voice‘ tonight (April 30), contestant Jermaine Paul took on the Journey ballad ‘Open Arms.’ A tough task, considering the original was sung by Steve Perry, but Paul won over the celebrity panel of coaches and the audience.
Paul, who has served as a backup singer for R&B superstar Alicia Keys, has already proven in earlier rounds that he has one of the most powerful voices in the competition. And what better way to showcase his talents by tackling the challenging vocals on ‘Open Arms.’
His coach, country singer Blake Shelton, said, “Jermaine’s a powerful singer, so I decided on a song that gives him the opportunity to just hit a note and let it ring out for a while.”
Paul related the tune to his family, explaining, “I feel like [the song] reminds me of my wife and four beautiful children.”
During his performance, Paul displayed his wide-ranging vocals, hitting multiple octaves along the way. He’s no Steve Perry, but then again, who is? Still, there’s no denying that this guy has talent.
Christina Aguilera called Paul a “crazy talented vocalist,” while Adam Levine exclaimed, “You are no longer a background singer!” Shelton added, “You’re peaking at the right time in this competition.”
What do you think of Jermaine Paul’s rendition of Journey’s ‘Open Arms’? Watch it for yourself below:
Jermaine Paul Performs Journey’s ‘Open Arms’ on ‘The Voice’