Smith sings hymn, gives hope

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]

Courtesy of NBC Jordan Smith performed at the piano on Monday night episode of ‘The Voice.’

Monday night Harlan native Jordan Smith garnered a four-judge standing ovation for the second week in a row on the hit reality television show ‘The Voice.’

Singing the gospel hymn, ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’, Smith sat alone on stage in the darkness with just a piano and a spotlight, pouring his heart and soul into the song he says he knew would make him vulnerable on the show — a risk he was willing to take.

Coach Adam Levine ran to the stage after the performance, scooping Smith into a bear hug before country music star and fellow coach Blake Shelton thanked Smith for his song choice, citing a heavy heart after the tragic weekend events in Paris.

“Coming off the weekend and the horrible things that happened over in Paris and kind of having a heavy heart the past few days,” Blake Shelton begins. “Thank you for that. It was beautiful.”

Coach Pharrell Williams urged everyone to go straight to iTunes and download the song.

Levine echoed Shelton’s sentiments about the weekend events in Paris, saying Smith makes him feel as though there is hope.

“Sometimes there’s so much about the world that’s so confusing and so sad and then you come along and make us feel like there’s a lot of hope,” Levine says. “There’s just this two and a half minutes we listen to this guy singing and all of a sudden get to feel this sense of rejuvenation and for a minute … you don’t think you’re going to get to feel again.”

Smith quickly went to the top of the iTunes charts, reportedly reaching the No. 2 spot before the show had even aired on the west coast.

As of press time, Smith had an unprecedented five songs on The Voice iTunes chart, which means all five songs were listed in the top 200 iTunes charts.

‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ is topping both The Voice and Top 100 iTunes charts followed by ‘Halo’ at numbers 5 and 15, ‘Chandelier’ at numbers 10 and 40, ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ at numbers 14 and 60 and the duet with former team member Regina Love, ‘Like I Can’ is currently at numbers 21 and 180.

Smith’s iTunes chart status receives him a vote multiplier on the show.

To date, Smith has received over 25 million views on YouTube as fans continuing to replay his ‘Voice’ episodes.

Tuesday night’s show will announce who goes home and who goes on to next week’s live shows.

Fans may follow Smith’s progress on his Facebook page and Twitter and can now download his performances on iTunes. “The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Courtesy of NBC Jordan Smith performed at the piano on Monday night episode of ‘The Voice.’ of NBC Jordan Smith performed at the piano on Monday night episode of ‘The Voice.’

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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