Jermaine Paul

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Jermaine Paul
Jermaine Paul with Alicia Keys.jpg
Background information
Birth name Jeremiah Jermaine Paul
Also known as JP, Preacher
Born (1979-07-26) July 26, 1979 (age 34)
Harriman, New York, United States
Genres R&B, soul, rock, gospel
Occupations Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, bass guitar, acoustic guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels T.W.Is.M Records, A&M, Universal Republic, Republic
Associated acts 1Accord, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton
Website www.jermaine-paul.com

Jermaine Paul (born July 26, 1978) is an American R&B/soul artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.[1] He was the winner of the second season of The Voice. Prior to his The Voice stint, he was co-nominated at the 48th Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals,[2] in a collaborative work with Alicia Keys as the featured artist.

Early life[edit]

Jeremiah Jermaine Paul was born on July 26, 1978, in Harriman, New York, and was raised in Spring Valley, New York. He is the fifth of 10 children.[3] "While in Spring Valley, his dad made sure the kids stayed out of trouble and away from drugs by turning their living room into a musical performance area," SUCCESS magazine wrote. "It was loaded with instruments—piano, drums and guitars—and some of the kids, including Jermaine, formed a group to perform gospel songs in local churches." By the time he was 12 years old, he began to acquire a reputation for singing at local churches and talent shows with his family. Jermaine joined numerous adult choirs.[1]

At the age of two, Jermaine and his brother (Charles Paul) moved to Alabama with their grandfather. There, he was introduced to the guitar. He played his step-grandmother's old Gibson guitar at the local church. With some knowledge of the guitar, and the yearning to go back to New York, he wrote his first song.[1]

At the age of 14, he moved up-state to Harriman, New York (Hudson Valley). There he attended Monroe-Woodbury High School and was introduced to rock and jazz. While taking guitar lessons he was selected to join the all-state, all-county chorus, and the classically-trained high school voice ensemble.[1]

Music career[edit]

At 15, Paul joined a quartet group named 1Accord signing to basketball star Shaquille O'Neal's label, T.W.Is.M Records. He began writing and producing songs of his own. Paul auditioned for the first season of American Idol but did not receive any callbacks from the producers.[1] He began recording backing vocals for artists such as Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, Blackstreet and Jaguar Wright.[1]

The Voice[edit]

In 2012, he auditioned for the second season of The Voice singing "Complicated" from Avril Lavigne. Two of the four judges turned their chairs on (Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green) with Paul opting to be on Team Blake.

He was the eventual winner of the second season with Juliet Simms as runner-up.

Performances on The Voice[edit]

Show Song Original Artist Order Result
Blind Audition "Complicated" Avril Lavigne 14 Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton turned
Paul joined Blake Shelton's Team
Battle Round "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" (vs. ALyX) Billy Ocean N/A Saved by Blake Shelton
Live Show 1 "Livin' on a Prayer" Bon Jovi 1 Saved (Public Vote)
Quarter-Finals (First Week) "Against All Odds" Phil Collins 7
Semi-Finals "Open Arms" Journey 5 Safe (123 Points)
Finals "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly 1 Winner
"God Gave Me You" Blake Shelton 8
"Soul Man" (w/ Blake Shelton) Sam and Dave 10

After The Voice[edit]

His winning song, a cover of "I Believe I Can Fly" made it up to #83 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up, "Soul Man", with his coach Blake Shelton did not break the Hot 100, reaching just #108.

His single "I Believe in This Life" reportedly taken from his forthcoming album premiered on The Voice on November 8, 2012.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2014: Finally (tentative title)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US
2012 "Complicated" Non-album releases by The Voice
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car"
"Livin' on a Prayer"
"Against All Odds"
"Open Arms"
"I Believe I Can Fly" 83
"Soul Man"A
(with coach, Blake Shelton)
108
"I Believe in This Life"
Finally (upcoming album)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Appearances[edit]

Singles as back up vocals
Year Song Album
1996 "Don't Wanna Be Alone" (Shaquille O'Neal featuring 1Accord) You Can't Stop The Reign
1997 "Don't Stop, Don't Quit" (1Accord) Booty Call Soundtrack
1998 "Rivers" (Shaquille O'Neal featuring 1Accord) Respect
2003 "Diary" (Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Toné! and Jermaine Paul) The Diary of Alicia Keys
2005 "Unbreakable" (Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul) Unplugged
2005 "Gold Digger" (Remix) (Kanye West featuring Focus) Late Registration
2005 "If This World Were Mine" (Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul) So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
2008 "The Preamble" The Preamble
2009 "Airplane"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Jermaine Paul Fansite & Fanlisting". Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards Roundup: R&B/Rap Fields". Archived from the original|archiveurl= requires |url= (help) on February 6, 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Boyle Cush, Christina. "Jermaine Paul Emerges as the Front Man". SUCCESS magazine. VideoPlus. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ http://newyork.newsday.com/entertainment/things-to-do/hudson-buzz-1.3774483/jermaine-paul-to-premiere-new-single-on-the-voice-1.4152825
  5. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of May 26, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Javier Colon
The Voice (U.S. TV series) Winner
2012 (Spring)
Succeeded by
Cassadee Pope
Preceded by
"Stitch by Stitch"
The Voice (U.S. TV series) Winner's song
"I Believe I Can Fly

2012 (Spring)
Succeeded by
Cry