Cedarville University grad advances on The Voice

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Cedarville University Graduate Brian Johnson is advancing on N-B-C’s “The Voice.” Brian Johnson performed “Nothing ever hurt like you” by James Morrison in the Knockout round last night. Johnson was originally on Blake Shelton’s team but Adam Levine kept his dream alive by stealing him.

The 2012 graduate started out as a worship major before graduating with a communications degree. Brian volunteered as a tour guide for the university and his former boss wants everyone to know that along with his great voice he’s also funny!

“I don’t know they’ve shown a lot of that, but he has a really good sense of humor.  They’re focusing on how he’s a really nice guy, loves his family and that’s all true but he’s fun.  So I hope they show that side of him too,” Sarah Allen Associate Director of Admissions.

His former music professor Roger O’Neel remembers the first time he heard Johnson’s voice.  The Cleveland native first auditioned while he was in high school and from the beginning O’Neel knew his voice stood out among the rest.

“I think he has a natural beautiful natural talent. He studied voice when he was here but he came in very strong.  It’s just very pleasant and warm,” Roger O’Neel Associate Professor of Music and Worship.

Ashlynn Kelly was a freshman when Johnson was a junior and sang with him in the campus musical performance group called OneVoice.  She’s so excited to watch him continue his journey on the show.

“It’s been awesome to watch Brian fulfill what we always known what he was mean to do.  When he sings you can see the passion in his heart you can see that he’s trying to convey. He just has so much heart. That’s what’s so exciting about Brian’s journey he’s pursuing that he’s walking into that and to see him on stage on lit up is a really special thing to watch,” Ashlynn Kelly Director of OneVoice.

NBC’s The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on WDTN.

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