The second season of “The Voice” came to a shocking close during a star-studded live event on NBC. A winner would be chosen between rocker chick Juliet Simms, popera artist Chris Mann, R&B crooner Jermaine Paul and soft-rock journeyman Tony Lucca.
It was former backup singer Paul (of Blake Shelton’s team), who came out on top in a surprise upset over media frontrunners Simms, who followed in second, and Lucca, who placed third in front of Mann in a close vote.
With a big rock voice, Paul delivered powerful renditions of songs by Bon Jovi, Phil Collins and Journey and closed out his run by hitting classic soul and pushing an R&B ballad and a country tune toward gospel.
“I wanted to show how many things I could do,” Paul said after Monday’s show, which once again captured the father of four getting emotional when confronted with the concept of singing as a means to provide for his family.
He has also sung background vocals for Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Brandy and Kelly Price.
Paul’s prize for winning–a recording contract with Universal Republic and $100,000.