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Jordan Smith Could Be 'The Voice' but Faith Is First

12-11-2015

NBC's "The Voice" hasn't crowned a new winner this season, but many agree that contestant Jordan Smith is already a star.

The 21-year-old college student from the small town of Harlan, Kentucky, managed to knock Adele from the top spot on iTunes after singing Queen's "Somebody to Love," during the semi-finals Wednesday night.

Jordan Smith's rendition of "Somebody to Love" on NBC's "The Voice" knocked Adele off the top of the iTunes charts. Watch his performance here.

In an article for People Magazine, Smith's coach Adam Levine said, "I don't need to say anything at all because that's one of the best things I've ever seen in my entire life."

When Smith sang the Christian hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" on the show a few weeks ago, it also topped the charts on Billboard and iTunes.

Click here to see Jordan Smith sing the hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" on NBC's "The Voice."

Smith said church is where his love for singing began. His parents are both musicians and raised him in the church choir from a young age in the congregation of House of Mercy in the town of Wallins Creek, Kentucky.

"I love to lead worship and my parents really encouraged me to sing in church," said Smith. "My faith is who I am and I wanted to share that with the world," he said in a recent online interview with djchuang/"Spinning Up Disruptive Ideas."

Smith, a senior at Lee University, is also a member of the Lee University Campus Choir which points to the role faith plays in his life. Lee is a Church of God school in Cleveland, Tennesee.

He said he chose the college because of its Christian focus.

"My faith is the thing that gives me strength and that I find joy in. At the end of the day with my problems and concerns, I can turn to God and I can have peace in my situation. That's been the main thing that's carried me through this. My relationship with God has kept me grounded and has been my foundation through all of it."

Regardless of how "The Voice" turns out for him, Smith said he's not worried about the future.

"This platform has opened so many doors for me and has allowed me so many opportunities to make music in lots of different ways," he said.

"At this time, I'm just waiting prayerfully and doing my best. Whatever happens, I know I will continue to make music and lead worship wherever I go. While my future is unsure at this moment, I know who holds the future, and I will continue to move and trust in God's plan for me." 

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