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Herzog Appears on NBC's The Voice

Jared Herzog on The Voice
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Lee University’s Jared Herzog, a senior music business major, was chosen to compete on NBC’s reality show, The Voice, during its season 17 airing.

“You couldn’t have made us prouder,” Dr. Paul Conn, Lee president, told Herzog during a recent chapel service. “It was great watching you.”

Herzog impressed The Voice judges during the “blind auditions” on Monday, Oct. 7, with his performance of “Speechless” by Dan and Shay, an American country music duo. Three of the judges “turned their chair” for Herzog, meaning they wanted him on their team. Herzog ultimately chose “Team Legend” by joining judge John Legend’s team.

“You showed a lot of range and versatility,” Legend told Herzog. “You take the whole audience on a journey, and that’s what this performance is all about.”

Herzog’s next appearance took place during the “Battle Rounds” on Monday, Oct. 21, where he was paired up with another singer, Will Breman, for a duet of Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better” in order to determine who would move on in the competition. Unfortunately, Herzog was sent home after a highly-praised performance by the judges for both singers.

“Jared did an amazing job,” said Legend. “If he wasn’t against Will, he would have been fine.”

Herzog is a worship leader for the LeeU Worship band and captain of Lee’s cross country team. He also helped establish a ministry called, “The Well,” (renamed “The Gathering”) as a leader of the worship team.

“Being on The Voice was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said Herzog. “Not only was I able to work with world class musicians and artists, but I established genuine friendships with the other contestants. I am blessed beyond belief to have received the support I have from them, my friends and family, my hometown, and the Lee University communities. God is faithful, and God is good."

Herzog is not the first singer from Lee to make it onto “The Voice.” Others include Season 9 winner Jordan Smith, and Brooke Simpson, who placed third in Season 13.

To view Herzog’s blind audition performance, visit Audition Round, The Voice.

To view Herzog’s battle round performance, visit Battle Round, The Voice.

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