The Voice’s Nicholas David Talks Family and Spilling Water on Himself in Front of Jennifer Hudson — Exclusive
When it comes to soul, Team Cee Lo’s Nicholas David is ahead of the competition. The 31-year-old singer took The Voicestage by storm last night with his rendition of “Lean on Me,” complete with a full gospel choir.
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Nicholas on the red carpet following the show, where he talked Jennifer Hudson, his live-show performance, and his family’s reaction.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What was it like working with Jennifer Hudson? Nicholas David: Super cool! Walking in there was a wild surprise. I walk in and at first they are like, "OK, when you hug Cee Lo, go around on this side of the piano." Then I was like, "OK," and going in there I sipped water and I spilled water on my beard so I was kind of confused and then I look up and I thought, "Oh, there’s a girl by Cee Lo." When I got closer, I was like, "Wait a minute. That girl’s Jennifer Hudson. Holy smokes!" That was wild! But, then again, super cool because this adventure never ceases to amaze me — the surprises and the turns. Were you excited to be able to show off your piano skills tonight? Yes, yes through the roof. I was super pumped and again it felt so comfortable and I felt like I was at home. The choir was pretty fun. Whose idea was that? Mine. When we were in the group, they were like, "What else do you hear?" and I said, "A choir. Can we get a choir?" and they said, "We’ll see what we can do." And then I found out that it was the Agape Love Choir who is under Beckwith Spiritual Center, and I’ve studied some of his stuff and it’s just cool to be in alignment with this stuff and things that you sought out, you turn and they are right next to you and you are doing it together. It’s truly amazing! How do you feel about the performance? Do you think that America liked it? I think so. I mean judging just from the response of the room and then talking with my family, I think I hit some people’s hearts and that’s all I’m truly trying to do while I’m here. Did you get to talk to your family right after you performed? A real quick phone call? Yeah. Real fast. My dad was crying, my mom was crying, my sister was crying, my brother was laughing and really pumped up, my business partner was crying. Again just speaking their heart, and that’s what I’m trying to do for real. Does your whole family get together every week and have a viewing party when you’re on? And yeah this week something was wild. At my buddy’s restaurant in Eagan — they got together with an Eagan local paper and the NBC affiliate and they did a viewing party there so the town that I grew up in, everybody came together and my dad said the whole place was crying. How do you feel about going into the results tomorrow? I feel like I came in and did what I needed to do. If you go home tomorrow will you feel like you got everything you could of this experience? Yeah. That and more.