Tyler's Rosenbalm reflects on contest after elimination

Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:07 - Written by Stewart Smith, ssmith@tylerpaper.com

He may have missed the cut on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Voice,” but Tylerite Stevie Jo Rosenbalm was in good spirits and said even though he technically lost, he simply can’t be disappointed.

“The knowledge I gained via Coach Usher (was incredible). I grew as a person,” he said. “I can’t thank ‘The Voice’ enough and my fellow contestants enough. It’s been an awesome experience. I feel the same now than if I were to go off at any other part of the show. I am feeling so great and so blessed regardless of what happened.”

Rosenbalm was one of five contestants left on Team Usher, but despite a performance of B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” that impressed all four judges, it wasn’t enough to earn one of the final three spots on Usher’s team. Rosenbalm chalked his loss up to a performance that wasn’t quite up to his standards, but also to the stiff competition of his teammates.

“Honestly, to make it this far was way past my expectations and knowing I was up against such tough competition on Team Usher made this not as heartbreaking as it could be,” he said. “This was not one of my best performances. This wasn’t a 100 percent performance, probably more like 80 percent. I wasn’t really happy with it, but I feel like the people that did go through did deserve it and I’m going to be rooting for them. To make it this far, it’s awesome and this is just the beginning of my career. I’m going to try and use everything that I’ve gained.”

Rosenbalm said the most important thing he drew from his experience was the necessity of focusing on the positive and dismissing the negative.

“There is endless positive that came out of this situation. I’m going to put my best foot forward and work as best I can.”

As for his future in music, Rosenbalm said he is considering an eventual move to a bigger city such as Austin, Los Angeles or Nashville, but for now he’s going to focus on showing the thousands of fans he amassed as much appreciation as possible and playing as many local gigs as he can.

“It’s never been a thought on my mind to quit,” he said. “I’m going to start playing shows around Tyler and East Texas and then Branch out to Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and just keep writing music and putting myself out there and keep giving my fans what they want and keep pushing until I know I can support myself with my music.”

His first local gig post-“The Voice” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. For more tickets, visit www.out housetickets.com.