Christian singer and college student Jordan Smith has been declared the winner of singing competition The Voice.
According to Charisma News, Smith’s performance of “Mary Did You Know” wowed the judges and audience and has topped the iTunes charts. Smith’s rendition of “Mary Did You Know” has even knocked Adele’s “Hello” out of first place on the charts, and two of his other songs are also in the chart’s top five.
Smith is a student at Church of God Lee University where he is involved in music as part of the Lee Singers, directed by Brad Moffett.
"(Jordan's) singing gift was really honed because of his faith and worship life," Moffett said. "Singing in church is where he first started singing, and in a lot of ways, you can't separate Jordan's singing from his faith, no matter what he's singing. For someone like Jordan, singing is an expression of Jordan's spirituality, so much a part of who he is (is) tied directly to his faith, it's hard to separate his craft, his artistry from his spirituality and faith."
Both Smith’s coach, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, and the students and professors at Lee University celebrated Smith's win.
"For all of us at Lee this has been a fun experience, watching the world encounter Jordan's talent. It's also been a source of pride that Jordan has stayed true to his calling. That is something we try to model for our students every day, so watching Jordan live it on national television has been deeply gratifying," said Lee University Vice President for University Relations Jerome Hammond.
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Publication date: December 17, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.