Welcome John Holiday
We’re joined on the Starline by an award winning countertenor and one of the contestants on Season 19 of “The Voice” on NBC. We welcome John Holiday.
AG, let’s go Beyond the Mic how did you prepare differently for your Julliard audition than for the one for “The Voice”?
Your tone is crisp and clear. It’s almost like a bell. How did you get into singing?
Let’s talk about that. You’ve sung at the Apollo and other halls across the country. What has your time on the voice taught you?
With your range as a countertenor so rare, how often do you have to change arrangements to suit your voice?
The Rockin’ 8
Time is running out, so it’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.
There is no Pressure.
1. Which is your favorite of the Wagner’s Ring Cycle?
2. (Laugh) opera respects opera Favorite Christmas song?
3. If you could sing a duet with any Jazz star, alive or dead who would it be?
4. As my son is currently at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, what’s the one tip you’d give him?
5. Favorite thing for breakfast?
6. Do you think you’ll ever get your pilot’s license?
7. Favorite plane to fly in flight simulator?
8. The one lesson your students will learn from your experience on “The Voice”
He wants to learn to fly, love egg mcmuffins and encourages students to listen to their teacher. Countertenor star from The Voice John Holiday, thanks so much for talking with us today.
And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.
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John grew up singing in church and learned to play piano with encouragement from his grandmother. John later joined the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas and they were invited to perform with the Houston Symphony. It was there that John experienced opera for the first time and remembers being inspired after seeing and hearing someone of color perform that style of music. He decided to pursue opera himself to break more barriers as a young gay black man. John now performs opera in four languages and works as a jazz singer. He currently lives in Wisconsin with his husband, Paul, where he is a voice teacher at the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University.
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