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Smith Returns to Campus for Celebration 2016

Lee University alum Jordan Smith, winner of NBC’s season 9 of “The Voice,” returned to campus for Celebration 2016, where he was one of 35 seminar speakers.

“Celebration is an exciting time on campus, and I was thrilled to be a part of it this year,” said Smith.

Currently a recording artist, Smith spoke on his struggles and successes in the beginning of his music career during an interview conducted by Lee’s Dr. Brad Moffett. The seminar, “The Story of Jordan Smith,” allowed the audience to learn, first-hand and in person, about his experience in the entertainment industry.

Jordan Smith Returns for Celebration
Jordan Smith, left, is pictured here with Dr. Brad Moffett during Smith's Celebration seminar

“It's always a pleasure to be back at Lee University,” said Smith. “This time was special because I had the honor of hosting a seminar where I got to talk to students about my experiences on ‘The Voice’ and in the music industry so far.”

Originally from Harlan, Kentucky, Smith’s talent for singing started at a young age. He describes his parents as being musically inclined and says that some of his fondest memories are of them harmonizing together and singing all the time.

His decision to attend Lee followed his love of music. When Smith was in middle school, his grandfather told him about a concert featuring Lee Singers. A few years later, he visited campus and according to Smith, he immediately fell in love with Lee. Smith was involved in Lee Singers during his time at Lee.

A fan of “The Voice” since its beginning nine seasons ago, Smith imagined that it would be him on the stage one day. He first auditioned in February 2014 after deciding to try out for fun. He did not make it past the first audition then, but a year later, in February 2015, he received a call from the show about auditioning again.

Since winning, Smith has released his first album, “Something Beautiful,” and is currently touring North America.

Smith Singing at Celebration
Jordan Smith performs during a Celebration dinner

Smith has returned to Lee for free concerts and is now giving back by teaching students about his experience.

In addition to his Friday morning presentation, Smith performed at a special dinner Thursday evening, also part of the Celebration festivities.

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