Eric Lyn talks 'The Voice' audition: I did not think Jennifer Hudson was going to want me on her team
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/12/2017
Eric Lyn is currently a contestant on The Voice's thirteenth season on NBC.
Eric is a 26-year-old from Kansas City, KS who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. For his Blind Audition, he sang "Ooh Child."
Eric's audition was barely shown, as his performance was briefly featured during a montage of several performances. Although only Jennifer Hudson turned around for Eric, he was thrilled to have the iconic singer as his coach.
Eric will now be competing in The Voice's famous "The Battle Round," which kicks off October 16 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.
During a recent conference call with reporters, Eric shared the details of his experience on The Voice so far. Below is what he had to say.
We didn't get to see your Blind Audition, so I was hoping you could fill us in on what we missed, including why you chose your song and what type of feedback you got from the coaches.
Eric Lyn: Absolutely. I had Jennifer turn for me and that was just such an amazing experience, because I didn't think she would have turned for me because of my vocal type, because of course Jennifer has a very, very demanding sound, just a real powerful voice.
I didn't think that she would have picked me, but I was really glad because she saw me and my style and the fact that I was different. And I chose "Ooh Child" by the Five Staircases because I felt like I could make the song my own while still keeping the integrity of the song.
And I also felt that the song would, you know, engage with people and whatever they're going through and possibly be an encouragement to the world. So that's why I chose my song and that's my experience in my Blind.
Tell us about what you've been doing musically up until now. What are some of your biggest performances, and what is your inspiration and musical style?
Eric Lyn: Well, I'm from Kansas City and jazz is really prominent there, so naturally I attached myself to jazz. So growing up singing gospel music in church, jazz and then being in choirs led me to go into Fisk University, and that's where I studied classical music.
I was a part of the Fisk Jubilee Singers there. I have been in a group. I've performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, at the Cato building. I am a solo artist, just doing different things in Nashville, Tennessee and Kansas City, [and going] to open mic showcases that go on in local areas.
What happened for you professionally once you moved to Los Angeles, CA?
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Eric Lyn: When I moved to Los Angeles, I got enrolled in school for my Masters degree at CSUN, California State University, Northridge. And I am pursuing a Masters in music vocal performance and yes, I started getting into background singing.
And so I've done different things for Johnny Cash's fund. Let's see. Who else? Bobby Jones gospel, a lot of different country artists that I really don't know because when you do session work, you really don't know who you're doing it for. You're just going in to do the job.
But let's see. I'm also part of different productions here in Los Angeles. One that went viral was the Gaga for Rent video on YouTube, because I'd say that my style is very jazzy.
I don't try to be -- I swear I don't, I really try to be natural and soulful, but I think because of my connection to it as a child and growing up in old school music, it really has kind of stuck itself into my voice. So that's what I would say that's my influences and where I come from and the artists.
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