Arlington country-pop singer, 20-year-old Brandon Chase, has advanced to the “Knockout Round” on tonight’s episode of NBC’s The Voice.
Brandon’s episode, airing Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., will feature contestants singing a song of their choice against a direct competitor. As their coach makes the final decision, one contestant goes home and the other advances to the Finals Round.
Brandon’s recognition grew several weeks ago when he made it through the show’s Blind Auditions and onto Blake Shelton’s team with his rendition of Hunter Hayes’ song, Wanted. He then defeated Emily Randolph in the following Battle Round to advance with his version of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
The Voice wasn’t his first vocal audition; Brandon auditioned for choir and plays at Wood Elementary school, but never got a singing role. It wasn’t until around the age of 15 that he landed is first singing gig with the worship team at High Point Church in South Arlington.
Brandon soon became fully immersed in music. “I made it onto the worship team and never looked back,” he said. The singer eventually started playing guitar and piano and began writing his own music. His goals changed overnight, from playing baseball and going to school to full-time musician and home-schooling. He was also heavily involved with his church.
After graduating high school early, Brandon attempted to go to community college, but found the traditional schooling route wasn’t for him. He instead earned a master’s degree in music from Berkeley School of Music Online Program at the age of 18. “It was there I became passionate about what I loved to do and it was helping me grow in my gifts,” he said.
Using his new knowledge and love for music, Brandon began writing and playing full-time in the DFW area, most notably a six-month stint at Cowboys Dance Hall. He says, “Arlington was great for me, 2,000 people in there every night, I was singing 3 nights a week, 3 sets a night. It really helped me to become a performer and it helped expand everything that I was doing.” He attributes much of his growth as a musician to the local community. “It started a great growth in my fan base and a great growth in who I was as an artist, writer, performer and singer”
After making it onto the show, Brandon has received an outpour of support from fans local and far away. “It’s incredible the way the fans have received me and come behind me to support me. Being on that stage and doing what I love and being able to show that to millions of people all over the world has been so rewarding.”
Tonight’s episode is sure to feature a great performance from Brandon. He’s going head to head with his roommate and good friend from the show. Regardless of the outcome, he will always feel like a winner. “At the end of the day, we both did our best and the outcome would’ve been good either way, we supported each other and we knew going into it that we were both going to be alright.”
What does the future hold for Brandon? Brandon won’t tell us the outcome of the show, but says he plans on releasing new music next year and hopes to hit the road to get to know his fans.