Jermaine Paul is no stranger to the spotlight. He's been standing near it for years, watching stars like Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, and Alicia Keys bask in its glow. But with his recent win on Season 2 of "The Voice," he now knows what it feels like to be the star. In a recent conference call interview, Paul discussed taking home the top prize and finally stepping out of the shadows.
Jermaine Paul Recently Started Focusing on His Own Career.
The 33-year-old R&B singer actually made the decision to strike out on his own about a year and a half ago. Although he was still taking work as a back up singer on gigs here and there, he once again started to focus on his own career. But he didn't go solo, instead he worked as the front man for a group.
Jermaine Paul Had to Choose Between Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton on 'The Voice.'
He made the final step to standing on his own with his "Voice" audition. When he took the stage and belted out the Avril Levine tune "Complicated," both Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton turned their chairs around.
Although Paul had assumed he would choose CeeLo even before he went on the show, he had a change of heart. He recalled that he found it difficult to connect with Green because he was wearing dark sunglasses. Shelton on the other hand was fully engaged and ready to mentor the background singer on the road to his big break.
Jermaine Paul Learned Life Changing Lessons as a Back-Up Singer.
While some singers might have become bitter after years of being a supporting player to mega-stars, Paul acknowledged that all those days being a supporting player paid off. Obviously he had been honing his singing abilities during that time on the road.
But according to Paul those years as a supporting player helped in more important ways. He admitted, "Honestly being in the background has helped me … harness my energy and really hold on to my own truth as far as an artist -- my own originality and my own feelings and my own vulnerability."
Now he's on the path to full-fledged solo stardom, and he knows things will never be the same. And Paul admitted that he's ready for the big move, saying, "Just being out there, it just feels right. Every time I get up to sing, and I'm out there, it just feels like I belong there. It feels right. And I don't mind sharing myself with the world at all."
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