Exclusive: Mark Hood Climbs “The Voice” Mountain With Unwavering Talent

The Voice - Season 9


It’s pretty impossible to give Bill Withers a run for his money, but The Voice artist Mark Hood delivered the goods with his rendition of “Use Me” during the Blind Auditions. With Pharrell as his coach, Hood advanced through the Battle Rounds after a memorable duet with Celeste Betton on “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (Gwen Stefani described it as her favorite battle).

THE VOICE -- "Team Pharrell Battle Reality" -- Pictured: (l-r) Celeste Betton, Mark Hood -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
THE VOICE — “Team Pharrell Battle Reality” — Pictured: (l-r) Celeste Betton, Mark Hood — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

It’s a shame Betton didn’t get stolen by any of the coaches, and during our interview Hood was quick to praise her skills. Giving credit where credit’s due is important to Hood, as he talked about growing up in Chicago, collaborating with Pharrell, and why having faith has been an integral aspect to his life.

Below is our chat, which I edited on Soundcloud, and if you want to check out certain sections of the interview, the breakdown is right under the media bar:

**Singing with Celeste Bratton and working with Pharrell and Missy Elliott. (0:00 – 1:15)
**Working with and getting support from Pharrell, who described Hood as an “anomaly.” (1:37)
**On being grateful to be alive and the importance of his faith (2:37)
**Describing The Voice as more of a family type of atmosphere than a pure competition. (3:37)
** On what how Chicago has shaped him as a person. (4:30)
**Sharing his experience on The Voice with fans. (5:16)

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