Smith is Season 9 Voice winner

After months of show stopping performances, Harlan native Jordan Smith has been announced as Season 9 winner of the hit reality television show ‘The Voice,’ winning $100, 000 and a recording contract with Republic Records.

Going into the show, Smith was sitting pretty at the No. 1 spots on both ‘The Voice’ and Top 100 iTunes charts with his most recent single, ‘Mary Did You Know.’ Sitting at the No. 1 spot is nothing new for the young man who beat out national singing sensation Adele for the No. 1 spot on the Top 100 iTunes chart — he has entered most of the results rounds in the same situation. Additionally, going into the live results finale Smith held half of the top 10 spots on ‘The Voice’ iTunes charts and had 10 singles ranking on ‘The Voice’ chart — no easy feat considering the criteria for doing so means the single must be ranked on the Top 200 iTunes chart.

In addition to performing with former contestants from this season, Smith performed with former Voice coach and world renowned singer Usher on Tuesday night’s live results show. The duo sang Usher’s hit ‘Without You’ with the crowd screaming and cheering throughout the performance as Smith showcased his broad range.

Throughout the show, Smith has remained humble as the judges continue to remark on his flawless performances, citing his perfection and ability to connect with the audience.

The judges are not the only ones raving about Smith, fans are posting on social media about how much the young artist has inspired them through his music. In addition to purchasing iTunes and making social media posts, fans cannot get enough of Smith’s performances. As of the finale show on Tuesday, Smith’s YouTube performances on the show had an outstanding 55 million views to date.

Smith spoke about what the experience has meant to him in an interview that aired during the live finale. The young singer who continuously stressed how important it is to him to make it acceptable to be who you are, echoed those sentiments again during the interview saying if he won the show it would prove it.

“You can be exactly who you are … to be the winner of The Voice would just prove that,” said Smith.

Later in the show, the top 4 performers were surprised with brand new vehicles — courtesy of the show’s partners, Nissan.

Smith chose the Nissan Altima and expressed his gratitude for the vehicle, saying he would not have to borrow his parents car anymore.

Smith was the only remaining contestant on coach Adam Levine’s team and the coach was obviously thrilled for the young man who he says has inspired him throughout the show.

Smith will be making appearances on numerous upcoming television shows as a result of the win.

A homecoming celebration is planned on Monday in Smith’s honor. A parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Harlan followed by a program at 4 p.m. at the Harlan Center.

To continue following Smith, like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter.

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Courtesy of NBC Smith performed for the last time on Monday night’s live show. of NBC Smith performed for the last time on Monday night’s live show.

By Reina P. Cunningham

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