Jeremy also dished on his new record deal with Capitol Christian Music Group, going on tour with the Newsboys, and how adopting his daughter at age 21 inspired his latest song.
Jeremy shares how The Voice gave him a second chance at a career in the music business. Jeremy competed on American Idol season 11 in 2012, finishing in the Top 13. “But coming off Idol, and just kind of like life happening, and having to put music on pause…to be completely honest, after years of chasing it…I just kind of let it go.” He thought the “dream was gone.”
Kelly discovered Jeremy’s American Idol past when she Googled him!
“And so here 10 years later, The Voice, who does both shows like that?” (Several people have done both shows like that. Jon Peter Lewis, Mackenzie Bourg, and Dexter Roberts to name a few who did fairly well on both shows. A Voice finalist, We McDonald is competing on the upcoming season of Idol).
Kelly admitted that when she turned her chair for Jeremy, she had no idea he had been an American Idol finalist. She found out after Googling Jeremy’s name, and finding his Idol performances on Youtube. “I was like, we were meant to be together,” Kelly said.
“Not everyone gets a Nickname from Jlo”
Kelly even brought up judge Jennifer Lopez’s nickname for Jeremy, “Jer Bear.” He calls Jlo “the love of my life.” Kelly quipped, “She’s kind of the love of my life, and I’m not even a lesbian! Who doesn’t love Jlo!” Jeremy said afterward, the nickname stuck. Kelly observed, “Not everyone gets a nickname from Jlo. I don’t have one! I want one!” Kelly wants to be called “Care Bear”
In fact, Jeremy was Jennifer Lopez’ wildcard pick for the Top 13. But voters quickly eliminated him. Ten years later, Jeremy left The Voice as a Top 10 finalist after covering big songs by female artists like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. He also performed renditions of songs by Bruno Mars and Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley.
Jeremy started singing in church as a 15 year old worship leader. It’s where he learned how to connect to an audience, he told Kelly. “It’s the foundation,” he said. His faith has also helped him deal with challenges, like adopting his niece at only 21 years old. His experience as a single dad and a Christian inspired “Believe You Will.”