Before this week’s Live Finale, we wanted to look back at Team Gwen’s final contestant heading in to win it all, Jeffery Austin. The 21-year-old from Chicago, Illinois shared that he hadn’t performed in over six years before appearing on The Voice. Jeffery works currently in New York at a public relations firm and had passed on his dream of studying music in college.
Jeffery has always been very special to Gwen since she turned the only chair for him back in the first round of competition. Gwen was taken over by his vocals and called his blind audition “a beautiful, beautiful performance.” “You have so much in that voice of yours, it’s pretty amazing.”
During the battle rounds, Gwen paired up Jeffery with fellow Team Gwen artist Noah Jackson and again was impressed with him and his growth in such a short time. “I can’t believe how far you’ve come and I mean the attitude you have and the way you move.” Unfortunately during the season, we were only able to see a brief clip of his performance included in a battle montage.
Jeffery really started to break out on his own with his powerful performance of Adele’s “Turning Tables”. He triumphed over fellow Team Gwen artist Kota Wade during the knockout rounds.
Week after week, Jeffery continued to deliver solid and emotional performance that connected both with Gwen and America over the live playoffs. One of his most memorable performances came from this past week’s semifinals with his signature ballad take on Cher’s pop classic “Believe.”
After announcing the top 3 artists that had secured their spot in the season 9 live finale (Team Adam’s Jordan Smith and Team Blake’s Emily Ann Roberts and Barrett Baber), Jefferey was named one of the three artists eligible to perform for the final fourth spot moving on. He was paired against Team Blake’s Zach Seabaugh and Team Pharrell’s only artist still in the competition, Madi Davis.
America pulled through for Team Gwen and Jeffery and he was named the winner of the Twitter Instant Save and claimed the last spot in next week’s live finale. When asked to speak about Gwen during the final moments before the announcement, Jeffery said, “Coming into the competition, one chair turn, it was Gwen. She’s believed in me this entire way, she’s opened my eyes on how to perform and open myself and share my emotions that I’ve kept inside for a long time. She’s let me pursue something that I’ve always wanted to do and I can’t thank her enough.”
While we’re crossing our fingers for another duet between Jeffery and Gwen, they did join the stage together with fellow Team Gwen artists Korin Bukowski and Braiden Sunshine during the top 11 eliminations.
We’re wishing nothing but the best for Jeffery Austin in The Voice live finale and he holds a strong shot of winning the competition for himself and Team Gwen! It would be so incredible for Gwen to take it all and be the first female Voice coach to win in the show’s history.
Fans can also look forward to a duet between Jeffery and Gwen during the finale of Stevie Nicks and Don Henleyâ€™s 1981 single, “Leather and Lace”. Yahoo revealed that the two have recorded their duet which should appear on iTunes soon!