One night in 2001, Jermaine Paul was in the audience at an Alicia Keys concert when she pulled him on the stage to sing with her. Alicia was so impressed by his performance that she later invited him to be one of her background singers.
Last night Jermaine had another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Except this time, he was the one doing the picking.
The R&B performer stepped into the spotlight during The Voice Season 2, Blind Auditions Round 2 on Feb. 6, 2012, and he sounded very, very good.
Jamming to Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” the musician gained notice from judges Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton. Being an experienced performer, he asked the two celebrities some questions before making a final decision.
He wanted someone to not only “want” but “need” and eventually “keep” him. He decided that person was Blake.
The singer is featured on two Alicia Keys' albums and on the hit Kanye West song “Gold Digger (Remix).” He also performed with the quartet group 1Accord that was signed with basketball star Shaquille O’Neal’s record label, Twism Records.
Jermaine has recorded backup vocals for Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, and Blackstreet. His work with Alicia Keys earned him two Grammy Award nominations, but he’s looking to win a Grammy of his own.
Does this backup singer have what it takes to step into the spotlight?
Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and fan site. Plus, watch this video of Jermaine at the Essence Musica Festival: