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article image15 Fundamental Facts about Chris Jamison of ‘The Voice' Special

By Earl Dittman     Dec 23, 2014 in Entertainment
On 'The Voice' the former meek and modest college student was transformed into a fiery and fearless pop-R&B performer. The "average guy" with the faultless falsetto explains his desire for constructive criticism and his passion for John Mayer & NSync.
Chris Jamison, the singer with the flawless falsetto, began Season 7 of The Voice as an unassuming, reserved and shy kind of guy. By the time he belted out “Cry Me A River” and his original song “Velvet” on the final night of the Top 4 live competitions, the talented Team Adam vocalist had metamorphosized into a smooth, sultry pop/R&B singer and a confident, charismatic performer. While his artistic transformation came as a surprise to ardent followers of The Voice, the 20-year-old Pittsburgh-native confesses the wildly funky and seductively enigmatic alter-ego that dominated the finals was always buried deep within him, it just needed an appropriately nurturing environment to bring it to the surface.
“That performer that you kind of saw towards the end of the season – during the live shows – he was always in there, but for some reason it took a little time for him to appear,” elucidates Chris Jamison, who scored the third place spot for Season 7. “I had played a lot of shows before The Voice – at restaurants and different small venues – but I was always stuck to a microphone stand.
"I think I needed to be part of The Voice just so I could step out of my comfort zone," he continues. "I was hoping that being on the show would bring something else out of me. Adam really helped me realize it. For some reason, it never came out until that first week of lives. That's when I truly felt like I could run around the stage, have a good time and feel comfortable. I turned into this performer that I knew that I was always capable of being. And, you know what, it feels great.”
At the moment, the college student-turned-overnight pop star is back at his family home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was just a little over 48 hours ago that Carson Daly, the host of The Voice, revealed that Chris had secured the number three ranking, Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd won the competition and his Team Adam cohort Matt McAndrew was named runner-up, but Jamison is busy – mixing business with pleasure – capitalizing on the attention and excitement his highly-touted appearances on The Voice has generated.
“Technically, the goal now is to relax a little bit for the holidays and spend time with the family,” Chris explains. “In the meantime, though, I'm making phone calls to different people, trying to put things together so that at the beginning of the year, I can get back to work on my music. I'm going to head back out to LA and try to make something happen. I want to live in this moment for just a little bit more, enjoy all the great things I learned on the show and take it all in. But, in January, I plan on going out there and hit it hard. More than anything, being on The Voice has taught me that anything can happen. If you are ready to put in the hard work and effort, great things will come your way. I’m think I'm living proof of that.”
15 Fundamental Facts about Chris Jamison
(l-r) Luke Wade  Ricky Manning  Chris Jamison  Ryan Sill  Taylor Phelan perform  Dedication To My Ex...
(l-r) Luke Wade, Ricky Manning, Chris Jamison, Ryan Sill, Taylor Phelan perform "Dedication To My Ex" on 'The Voice' finale
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(1) When Luke Wade, Ricky Manning, Ryan Sill and Taylor Phelan joined you onstage to perform "Dedication To My Ex" at the finale. you guys looked and sounded like the hippest and coolest boy band we've seen in years. If you guys decided to put together a boy band for a couple weekend of live dates, what former boy band's songs would you like to cover?
NSync at the MTV Video Awards
NSync at the MTV Video Awards
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"I, personally, would say that we would have to go with the music of NSync. But, I would not shy away from any Backstreet Boys hits, either. Also, you cannot forget 98 Degrees. Now that you mention it, I think they would be some really incredible shows. We'd have a lot of great songs to sing. When I was little, I used to listen to all these groups, all the time. The first concert I ever went to was with NSync headlining. That was really cool and exciting. Anyway, I think we could put on a pretty amazing show. When do we play?" (laughs)
(2) Musically and performance-wise, you've been compared to Justin Timberlake. As an singer and performer, what has his artistry meant to you? "I've always looked up to Justin Timberlake as a big influence of mine. He has always been a major inspiration. I always wanted to get up onstage and dance the way that he does and sing at the same time, but it's a pretty difficult thing to do. I've come to realize that the more I performed on The Voice. I didn't necessarily dance on the show, but I am moved a lot. (laughs) When you perform like that, you have to also breathe and take in all the anxiousness in your body – all the adrenaline that's pumping through you – and learn how to combine all of that to go out on stage and actually sing a song and deliver a solid performance."
Chris Jamison with coach Adam Levine
Chris Jamison with coach Adam Levine
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(3) With you making it to the finals, it's hard to imagine you being on any other team besides Adam's. However, when you auditioned on The Voice you had another coach in mind besides Adam Levine, didn't you? "Yes, I did have someone else it mind. Pharrell was at the top of my list before I went onstage. Once I finished my audition, it all kind of changed. I’ve always loved getting constructive criticism and using those things to move forward and to just better myself as a musician. The fact that Adam took a chance and kind of just told me exactly how he felt and told me that I wasn’t perfect and that there was things I need to work on, spoke to me. He was willing to help me to work on those things, so I took that to heart. I love constructive criticism, that is the main reason why I went with Adam instead of Pharrell... I've learned to always trust my gut instincts. Obviously, it was the right choice."
President Obama sings a duet with blues legend B.B. King
President Obama sings a duet with blues legend B.B. King
The White House
(4) In addition to being the leader of the free world, President Obama is a bit of crooner at heart. If he called you up and said he wanted to do a duet with you for your first album, what song would you tell him you'd like him to sing with you? "Any song, right? I would love to see him do 'Uptown Funk.' Now that would be a showstopper. We could do the all the choreography and everything. Of course, I'd let him do a lot of the lead parts, since he is the president of the United States and all. Me and the president doing that song, how cool would that be? I'm excited. Let's try and make it happen, okay?"
(5) Twilight or Harry Potter? "I'm not really into either of them, but if I had to pick one – and I'll probably get a lot of crap for this – I'd go with...no, I have to say Harry Potter. I've watched a few of the movies, but I haven't read it religiously as many Harry Potter fans have, but I'm not really a Twilight kind of guy. I just don't really relate to vampires in love."
Chris with girlfriend Jansen Hartmann
Chris with girlfriend Jansen Hartmann
Chris Jamison
(6) Speaking of romance, what is the craziest or coolest romantic gesture you've ever done for your girlfriend, Jansen Hartmann? "I don't know? Me, I'm more of a simple kind of guy. I don't do anything huge or dramatic. I just like going to great dinners at nice restaurants. We've done it a couple of times, where we go to these very expensive, high-end restaurants, ones that I can't even really afford. But, we go there for one night. I know it sounds boring, but those are the kind of romantic gestures that I like the most, to be honest with you."
Chris Jamison
Chris Jamison
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(7) Since you are a full-fledged, albeit accidental, sex symbol who has stolen the hearts of millions of girls all over the world, what would you say is the craziest thing a fan has ever said to you? "I can't even repeat most of them, because some of them are very explicit. (laughs) I think the funniest things are the YouTube comments on the different videos. Those are always the comments that are like very straightforward, very blunt and they don't hold anything back. It's funny, my dad would read through the comments, and he's like, 'OMG!' But, all you can do is laugh at them, because some of them are so over the top. They just don't hold anything back. Whatever is on their minds, they type it and make sure you know about it. That lives on YouTube. That's where I find the funniest and craziest comments and requests. On Twitter, I’ve had a lot of girls asking me if I would marry them. It’s very flattering, but unfortunately I'm currently taken and not looking for that...Wait, I mean it's unfortunate for them, not me. I'm very fortunate to have a great girlfriend. Make sure you print that, okay." (laughs)
Chris Jamison on the red carpet after the final night of live competitions
Chris Jamison on the red carpet after the final night of live competitions
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(8) Was it surreal going into the studio with Adam to record your very first original song "Velvet?" "It was incredibly surreal. But, it was a really cool experience because we got to into the studio with Adam and we changed some things up lyrically and musically. Up to that point, we had gone into the studio and just recorded out cover songs. But, to be in there and to take more of a creative role as opposed to just singing the song was a totally different experience. While you are on the show, you live in this Voice bubble and you start to take things for granted. But, when I walked out of the studio I was just like, 'Chris, you were in the studio working with Adam Levine, how unbelievable is that?' Reality hits you really hard, and I was like, 'I just recorded a song with Adam Levine. That's just unheard of.' It was a crazy experience. I still can't believe I was there. But, I really did it."
John Mayer
John Mayer
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(9) What song do you wish you had written? "'Gravity' by John Mayer, the one I sang for my blind audition. It holds a special place in my heart, because I sang that song for a lot of different occasions. It was my first song that I ever sang in a rock ensemble at school. That was like my first experience playing with a live band. Lyrically, I've just always loved the song because of what it speaks about. And, musically, it just has this amazing feel to it. It is a song that I've actually said before, 'I wish I had written it.' It's just that good."
Chris Jamison performs on the finale of Season 7 of  The Voice
Chris Jamison performs on the finale of Season 7 of 'The Voice'
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(10) You mentioned singing in school. When all know that you are a hardcore soul man, but I think people would be surprised you developed that Chris Jamison groove by singing Broadway show tunes. "That's absolutely true. I used to be involved with a lot of musical theater after-school programs where we took classes and was in a few performing groups where we did a lot of Broadway standards. They were an important part of my early training. In rehearsals, Back in the day, a big component to everything was working on trying to learn dance moves and sing at the same time. The director would always tell people, 'If you’re not aligned, if you’re not doing something correctly,' because at the end of the day we all have to look as if we’re one cohesive unit. So, from a young age, I’ve always had people giving me constructive criticism and telling me what to do and what I’m doing wrong and how to fix it. It’s always been a big part of my performing. I know some people don’t take criticism as well as others, but I guess I’ve learned from different opportunities that I’ve had that at the end of the day, any criticism is all just about bettering you as a performer and as a person. It’s always been a part of my life."
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Athena Books
(11) While we are on a roll about your time at school, were you a big fan of the plays of William Shakespeare? If you are a devotee of The Bard, which Shakespeare character do you most relate to? Romeo or Hamlet? Puck or Richard III? "Honestly, I'm not really into Shakespeare. I mean, I did some Shakespeare plays in high school, as far as acting was concerned, but I'm no Shakespeare scholar. I don't think I know enough about Shakespeare to give you a good answer. I don't want to say like a bad Shakespeare character. I could say somebody like Hamlet, but he dies at the end. Oh, oh, sorry...spoiler alert!" (laughs)
Nick Jonas sings  Jealous  with the Top 8 on  The Voice
Nick Jonas sings "Jealous" with the Top 8 on 'The Voice'
NBC
(12) Okay, let's get back to your time on The Voice. This season you worked with some incredible people in addition to Adam. There was Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift and even Nick Jonas. You sang his song "Jealous" in competition and you were onstage with him when he did his gospel version of the song. Was he "jealous" of your performance? "I'm not sure about that. (laughs) He sent me a video message when I did my homecoming segment. It was cool to hear him say he was proud of what I did. He said that I did the song some justice and he really enjoyed my cover of it. When you go on these types of shows and sing other people's songs, you need to pay tribute to the original artist. But, at the same time, you kind of need to make it your own. It's a weird thing to do each week. I did that with 'Jealous' and he enjoyed my take on it. I did get a chance to speak with him, in person, during the rehearsals with him before his performance on the show. He was just like an awesome guy, very personable. He introduced himself to all of us. It was just a very cool experience, because with people like Nick Jonas and even Jessie J, you never know if their are going to be stand-offish or if they are going to be very open. You don't know if they even want to talk to you. I'm just an average kind of guy so I don't know how all that stuff works."
(13) Chris Jamison a normal Joe? I hate to belabor the point, but you are...need I saw it again...the heartthrob, pin-up hunk of Season 7..."Maybe some people think of me that way, but I still consider myself an average guy. Especially now that I am at home, I feel like I'm the same person I was before the show. I'm just good ol' Chris Jamison from Pittsburgh, PA. All the other stuff is very flattering, but I don't think I can put sex symbol on my résumé." (laughs)
Chris Jamison and Jessie J on  The Voice  finale
Chris Jamison and Jessie J on 'The Voice' finale
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(14) Alright "average Chris," what was it like singing with Jessie J during the finale?“I don’t know how to put it into words...it was unbelievable. We didn’t get to rehearse until that morning of the finale. She had just flown in from New York, where she had been doing Jingle Ball or somewhere. That Tuesday was her only day off that she had had in a long time and she decided to come onto The Voice and sing with me. I though that was pretty incredible. She was just an amazing person. She pulled me aside and we were just talking for the longest time about different things. Jessie J had a lot of great advice for me, telling me what her experience as a singer had been like. She was very open, and I think you definitely saw that onstage when we sang together. She kind of just let me in and wanted to make the performance more about me than about her. I thought that was really special and really cool. Especially because of how amazing of a vocalist and performer she is. It was very easy to sing next to her."
Triplet Chris with his mom  dad and his sisters
Triplet Chris with his mom, dad and his sisters
Chris Jamison
(15) You’ve talked about how Justin Timberlake affected you as an artist. Personally, who has been the biggest inspiration in your life? “I would probably say both my parents. My dad has always been the person I've looked up to. I really admire the way he lives his life, the way he plans, how he's always on top of everything and he’s always organized. In those ways, I'm very much like him. He's always pushed me, too. He's always gone with my dreams and supported me. He paid for me voice and piano lessons and never told me anything like, 'Maybe you shouldn't do this because you are not going to be successful and make a lot of money.' Regardless of what it was I was into, he always supported me 100 percent and helped me to achieve whatever goals and dreams I wanted to go for. I've definitely achieved my dreams so far. Actually, I'm still living my dream and that's because of his and my mom's support. Without them I wouldn‘t be here today."
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