The Voice season 19 finalist, John Holiday dropped the first song from his upcoming album “Alive in Me.” In an interview with Parade, the John Legend team member, and singer with the surprising countertenor voice, shared why he chose to record the song.
“This particular song really spoke to me,” John told Parade. “When I was a young kid, especially as a young, Black, gay kid, I didn’t really see myself reflected in a lot of love songs that were out there. But one thing I knew for sure is that there had to be some representation out there for someone that looked like me. I wanted for something to be out in the universe that represented that for me, that represented love and that represented the ideal of searching for love and surrender.”
His coach, John Legend hasn’t heard the singer’s new music yet, even though the two are in touch every three weeks or so. The former team member wants his The Voice mentor to be surprised by it.
“What we were like on the show was something that has transcended the show,” John said. “Our relationship has been just wonderful post show. I can email him and ask him questions about anything.”
Songwriter Diane Warren sent John songs for his album
After The Voice, John stayed in Los Angeles to meet music industry people.
“I did stay afterwards to talk with people,” John said. “I met with Greg Wells, who’s an agent producer. Diane Warren wanted to write music for me and had sent me some songs for the album. We’re still trying to see if they’re going to make it onto the album. I met with Tony Bracy, who works with Justin Bieber.
“I met with some record companies and some record execs,” he said. “I talked with Tony Maserati, Max Gousse and many, many incredible people along the way who were really excited to work with me and get to know me from having seen me on The Voice, or prior to my arrival on The Voice. Some of the people were already starting to talk with me, so it just helped to have the national attention from The Voice.”
Recently, John got engaged and is planning to get married next July. And tonight (August 10) John will be performing selected songs by Gershwin at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Listen to John Holiday’s “Alive in Me” below.