The Top 8 finalists of NBC’s super successful rookie season of The Voice will be taking part in a tour set to kick off on July 27, 2011. The Live Nation tour will consist of six shows including stops in New York and Boston.
The contestants taking part in the tour are Beverly McClellan and runner up Frenchie Davis from Team Christina, Team Blake’s finalist Dia Frampton and runner up Xenia, Team Cee Lo’s runner up Nakia and finalist Vicci Martinez, and Team Adam’s runner up Casey Weston and The Voice winner Javier Colon.
A little background on The Voice singers:
Beverly McClellan – A member of Christina’s team, Beverly is a soulful rock singer with honest lyrics and a raw sound. Beverly plays over 10 instruments and has already released five independent albums. Originally from Virginia, she’s worked the clubs and bars around Fort Lauderdale, Florida for nearly 20 years, always looking for that big break.
Vicci Martinez -A member of Cee Lo’s team and only 26 years of age, this bluesy soul singer from Tacoma, Washington has already opened for or shared the stage with notables such as Sting, Annie Lennox, B.B. King, the Doobie Brothers, Etta James, and Jonny Lang. She draws strong support from her family – and the memory of her late father.
Javier Colon – A member of Adam’s team, this soulful pop singer’s father worked at a radio station, immersing his son in music from an early age; by 13, Javier was writing his own songs. His young talent led to touring gigs and even a contract with Capitol Records, but his career never really took off. Now, the devoted husband and father of two is taking a final shot at pursing his musical dreams before leaving music behind to support his family.
Dia Frampton – A member of Blake’s team, this 23-year-old singer-songwriter hails from St. George, Utah. Her career aspiration has been to be a voice-over actress, but her considerable singing talents may just steer her elsewhere. A life-long bookworm, Dia also writes novels and children’s books.
Frenchie Davis – A member of Christina’s team, this Washington D.C. native found success on Broadway, where she starred in Rent for four years. She also had headlining roles in the touring shows of DreamGirls and Ain’t Misbehavin, which she received a Grammy nomination for the cast recording. Frenchie hopes to record an album of dance, classics, broadway, and a few new original songs.
Nakia – A member of Cee Lo’s team and based in Austin, Texas, 36-year-old Nakia draws strength from his extended family and inspiration from the memory of his father. Until he passed away in 2009, Nakia’s dad encouraged him to follow his dreams. The bluesy singer knows he doesn’t look like a typical pop performer, but that doesn’t discourage him at all. He realizes that on The Voice, all that matters is how he sings.
Casey Weston – A member of Adam’s team, this recent high school graduate from Naples, Florida is passionate about two things: music and animals. The child of two professional volleyball players, Casey was being groomed for a career as an athlete. But at age 13, the urge to perform took over, and Casey’s musical star has been on the rise ever since.
Xenia – A member of Blake’s team, few of her high school classmates even knew Xenia could sing – until now. The young artist from Temecula, California also plays the guitar, harmonica and piano by ear. The middle child in a family of five, Xenia draws strength and inspiration for her music from her family and from what she sees and hears in her daily life.
The 2011 Tour Dates:
July 27 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
July 30 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 2 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
August 4 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
August 5 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre
August 6 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Additional ticket and tour information is available at LiveNation.com.
Sources: LiveNation, NBC
-By Rebecca Murray
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