Enumclaw's Justin Grennan appearing May 17 on NBC's 'The Voice'
By KEVIN HANSON
Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor
May 17, 2011 · Updated 11:01 AM
Many are known for their outstanding singing voice, but only one will be dubbed “The Voice.”
Enumclaw’s Justin Grennan hopes he’ll proudly be carrying that moniker, using it as a springboard to stardom.
The 1996 graduate of Enumclaw High is a prime player on NBC television’s well-received program, “The Voice.”
His path has already been a successful one, as Grennan survived an open audition period that saw between 30,000 and 40,000 contestants throughout the nation apply for the show. He was one of 60 selected by producers to actively take part in the program and survived the initial cut to advance to the “Battle Rounds” of just 32 hopefuls. Along the way, he said, there have been endless interviews and even a couple of psychological exams. The latter, he explained, are conducted to assure contestants won’t come unglued in front of a national audience.
The field of 32 is where he sat heading into Tuesday night’s televised competition. He had been personally selected by superstar Christina Aguilera as one of the eight talents she would personally coach.
Each of the “Battle Rounds” leads to a televised finale and potentially being heralded as “The Voice,” an honor that carries a recording contract and healthy cash prize.
Grennan, who has been singing since his early teen years, moved from Enumclaw to California in 2003, participating in a church mission. While singing in church, he met fellow artists who eventually came together as Justin Grennan and the Project.
The group is developing a faithful following throughout the greater Los Angeles area and recently released its debut CD, “Things I Should Have Said”
“We have a pretty decent following,” Grennan said, “but not as big as we’d like.”
The group, with its bluesy sound, is geared toward playing upper-end venues, he added, although the five-man band is versatile enough to tackle almost anything.
“We can be really laid back or we can do a huge dance party,” he said.
The success, so far, hasn’t allowed Grennan to focus solely on music. He has worked installing windows in high-rise buildings and now, with that industry slowed, he is working trade shows, pitching home remodeling projects for a contractor.
Grennan knows he’s just a couple of breaks from leaving that world behind. And the further he moves along with “The Voice,” the more opportunities arise.
The entire show has been filmed but each contestant signed a confidentiality clause, assuring they wouldn’t share the outcome with anyone.
Friends and family in Enumclaw will just have to wait and watch, he said.Contact Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor Kevin Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-802-8205.