Davao singer advances to next round of âThe Voiceâ USA
Jej Vinson hugging his mentor Kelly Clarkson after being declared as part of Top 24.
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Davao singer advances to next round of ‘The Voice’ USA

Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - April 24, 2019 - 2:43pm

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Jej Vinson has advanced to the next round of “The Voice US” after beating LB Crew in the show’s Cross Battle round. 

“TOP 24!! Thank you so much America. I’m so excited to move on with #teamkelly!!! To everyone who voted for me and believed in me since my blind audition, thank you thank you thank you!!! Words can’t even express how grateful I am rn,” Jej tweeted after making it to Top 24.

The Davao native sang Bruno Mars’ “Versace On The Floor” on the Cross Battle Round, prompting the American audience to vote for him to advance to the Top 24 of the reality singing competition. 

A four-chair turner during the Blind Audition where he sang Drake’s “Passionfruit,” Jej made his coach Kelly Clarkson proud of his smooth singing voice during the Cross Battle round. 

Jej moved to South Dakota with his family at the age of 15. At 18 years old, he went to Los Angeles in search for a career and to study to become a nurse. 

Jej then switched from nursing to music at University of Southern California, where he joined the award-winning acapella group SoCal VoCals as musical director.

For him, performing for former President Barack Obama and then First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House was one of the highlights of his young career.  

Apart from Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce and Brian McKnight, Jej’s vocal inspirations include local talents such as Daryl Ong, Morissette Amon and Regine Velasquez.

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