In 2019,The Voicecontestant Ian Flanigan was concerned in a serious automotive accident that required surgical procedure, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
While the accident itself was horrible, the silver lining was that it pressured the singer to “get [his] priorities so as”. Flanigan informed the outlet, “You by no means know the way a lot time you could have.”
After the crash, Flanigan and his spouse offered all the things they owned. They bought a 2011 Winnebago and took off on a cross-country expedition. Today, the singer calls the Hudson Valley his residence. In reality, according to his website, Flanigan has been named the Hudson Valley’s “Best Vocalist/ Best Artist.”
He shared with the Poughkeepsie Journal, “I really feel the Hudson Valley and the native music scene formed me… All of these reveals, from one of the best ones to the late evening bars with three folks in them, you’re taking all of it to each stage with you. We have such a tremendous neighborhood. I’m all the time grateful for coming from there. Everyone takes music severely.”
Being on ‘The Voice’
The expertise of being on a community tv show, in keeping with Flanigan, has been transformative. The artist tells The Poughkeepsie Journal, “The total staging is one thing… I’ve by no means seen something prefer it. It’s enormous. It is breathtaking, however it’s additionally when there may be that a lot occurring, it is tunnel imaginative and prescient to focus to only get by it.”
He added, “It’s exhausting to not get labored up or anxious. My primary technique is, simply attempting to maintain respiration and be myself and that is all I can do.”
The 30-year-old, in keeping with NBC’s The Voice web site, grew up enjoying music and was songwriting by the ripe age of 11. After graduating highschool, he devoted his time to touring round, enjoying in bands, and performing the place he might.
After placing himself by rehab, Flanigan met his spouse, Ayla. Together, the 2 have a daughter, Kamea, and their very own manufacturing firm.
The Flanigans tour full-time of their motor residence.
Why Blake Chosen Ian
After his efficiency throughout the blind auditions, decide Blake Shelton shared with audiences, “I ended up selecting Ian as a result of he is simply acquired essentially the most distinctive voice perhaps I’ve ever heard on ‘The Voice,'” Shelton said.
The different judges seconded these sentiments, with Stefani saying, “… no person has a voice that seems like that, it is simply so uncommon.”
Legend added, “I felt like Ian, it was a lot id and character in your voice, the rasp, the gravel.”
And the judges aren’t his solely followers.
John Barry, of USA Today, wrote of Flanigan, “Imagine Tom Waits as a member of Mumford & Sons enjoying songs by the Lumineers, with a touch of Chris Stapleton. That’s my impression of Flanigan, whose smoky barroom voice offers distinction to the melodic plea he unleashes with an urgency. Overall, Flanigan provides the form of optimism that’s hard-won after shedding on the form of bets that alter the trajectory of a life—bets you make on your self, bets you make on others, bets that fail to ship extra usually than they arrive by.”
Will Flanigan win this season of the show? The Voice will air December 7 and December 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.