Tyler native battles through another round of 'The Voice'

Published on Friday, 4 April 2014 19:41 - Written by Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

It was another decisive win this week for Tyler native Stevie Jo Rosenbalm as he continues to rack up a string of wins on NBC’s “The Voice.”

The Battle Rounds are explicitly geared toward pushing each contestant to their limits. This week was no different as Rosenbalm squared off against Morgan Wallen in their rendition of One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” which pushed him in directions he’s never really attempted.

“I’ve really surprised myself,” he said. “Usually I would struggle (to hit a higher range). Through all the coaching they’ve given me I’ve been able to control my breathing, control the support from my diaphragm, all of these techniques that I never would have thought of before the show. It used to be a natural thing to me, not even thinking about technique, but through all those things I’ve been able to push my range and ability.”

But even with two battle rounds won, Rosenbalm said he’s keeping his expectations firmly in check and still trying to learn as much as he can from his coach, R&B star Usher, and his fellow teammates.

“That’s another thing I didn’t expect coming into the show, that I would learn so much from my peers,” he said. “The talent level on the show is ridiculous. If you walk out from that show without learning something from the people you’re up against you’re ignoring them. And one of the first things I learned out there is harmony, because we used to hang outside and sing songs together in the hotel and show each other our music and share it. Technically there have been a couple contestants that have intrigued me with what they do.”

Next week, “The Voice” moves into the revamped “Playoffs,” which will allow him one-on-one time with Usher, who Rosenbalm said has a genuine interest in coaching his team.

“He really, really, really wants to help the artists and see them succeed and give them the tools to do that. He puts in a lot of thought and effort to help each and every artist on his team, which I thought was surprising,” he said.

“The Voice” airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. on NBC