WATCH Singer Take On CeeLo Green’s Chart-Topping Hit On The ‘Voice’
Nakia is probably one of the most memorable performers to ever hit The Voice stage. His energy was unmatched, especially when he decided to take on CeeLo Green’s massive hit “Forget You” during his Blind Audition. Did CeeLo end up turning his chair? Check out his season one audition below to find out.
Soulful Singer Nakia Impressed CeeLo Green On ‘The Voice’
Soul and blues is deeply rooted in Nakia who belted out the song and gave his performance everything that he had on The Voice. CeeLo was actually the first coach to turn his chair. Blake Shelton turned his chair soon after and the two coaches battled it out to try and get Nakia on their teams. CeeLo called him a “brave individual” for choosing to sing his song for his Blind Audition.
Blake said that he turned his chair because he felt like he was “missing out on a party” and he was exactly right. He ultimately ended up choosing to be on Team CeeLo. In the Battles he went head to head against Tje Austin singing “Closer” by Ne-Yo. Nakia was the winner and advanced on to the Quarterfinals where he sang “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon. CeeLo saved him which advanced him to the Semi-Finals where he sang “Whataya Want from Me” by Adam Lambert. He was eliminated from the competition.
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Where Is He Now?
Since appearing on The Voice, Nakia has been very open about his past struggles with addiction. “The allure and reward of being on a No. 1 hit television show of that magnitude and being broadcast in front of millions of people and flown around the country to be on television and hearing my name on late-night TV, I think that was just as addicting as heroin is to some people,” he said in an interview with The Ties That Blind Us. “I think that left a real void in my life, and it got fairly dark there in the last half of 2011 and the first part of 2012 until I decided to take myself back to a meeting and started working Steps and recommitted myself to my recovery.”
In 2019, Nakia and his band the Blues Grifters released a six-song live album called “Real. Live. Blues.” He also recently released a new single of his own called “Private Hell.” You definitely need to take a listen to this soulful song.
Nakia is involved in a web series called “Demon Doctor” which was just honored by the British Web Awards with five nominations.
What did you think about Nakia’s audition on The Voice?