It’s always a pleasure to interview The Voice contestants, and Matt McAndrew has been one of my favorite artists to chat with this season (along with DaNica Shirey and Reagan James).
Along with a steady and growing fan base, McAndrew is a lock to go even deeper into the competition, and one of the huge reasons for his success lies in his penchant for risk taking. His decision to take on the classic Beach Boys tune “God Only Knows” was straight up ballsy, especially since misfiring on the deceptively complex melody would have been understandable. Brian Wilson and crew crafted one of music’s most revered and ambitious works with Pet Sounds, and tackling any of those tracks is a tall order.
McAndrew dramatically ramped up his performance with last night’s show stopping and spirited rendition of Dozier’s “Take Me To Church.” A couple of weeks ago, McAndrew mentioned that “Drops of Jupiter” was his all time favorite performance on stage, but “Take Me To Church” literally brought the artist to his knees. Check out the performance below:
As of this early morning posting, Matt McAndrew’s studio version of Take Me To Church is #7 on iTunes, with Craig Wayne Boyd’s “You Look So Good In Love” taking the #14 spot. Overall, it was another great installment on The Voice (DaNica Shirey’s R&B take on “Creep” and Taylor John Williams’ performance of “If” were personal favorites), with McAndrew delivering the night’s best moment. Taylor John Williams definitely earned some points, however, for bringing a little Bread into the the proceedings.
So my tops were McAndrew, Shirey, and Williams. What were your favorites from last night’s The Voice Live Playoffs. Feel free to comment below!
The Voice results air tonight on NBC (8 pm et/pt).