Colton Smith

Colton Smith, 21, of Albertville, was selected by Jennifer Hudson on ‘The Voice.’ 

Albertville has a new up and coming star that is now shining of NBC’s The Voice.

Colton Smith said starting back from the days when he was at Albertville High School, he has always known that he wanted to be a singer. Even though he currently calls Nashville, Tennessee home, Albertville is his hometown.

“I think that there’s a lot of people, not just necessarily going into music, but that just kind of want a way out,” Smith said. “Because, Albertville is, I mean it is an awesome small town and everybody is so supportive, but also there’s more out there, you know? So, I think that a lot of people in a lot of different aspects kind of want a way out. So, I think the one thing that I would say, especially to high schoolers, is never settle. Like, if you have a dream, and you know what you want to do, and you know where you want to go, never, never settle for anything less. Always push for it and never settle.”

Smith said even though he grew up watching American Idol, The Voice “blew them out of the water” for him. He said that the blind auditions were the reason that he knew that he really wanted to try out for The Voice.

Smith said he thought moving to Nashville was a culture shock, but he described being in Los Angeles, California as, “It’s like being in a different world.”

He went on to say, “It’s super-fast paced and I love it.”

Smith secured a spot-on Team Jennifer Hudson by singing “Alive” by Sia.

“I’ve been singing “Alive” for a couple of years now,” Smith said. “It has always been a meaningful song for me, just because the message is about persevering through whatever life throws at you. And, I think that is a super important message, especially right now.”

Even though The Voice has a styling crew that helps the contestants with “looking like a Rockstar,” as Smith said, he decided to go with his own clothes for his audition.

“I have always had an eccentric style,” Smith said.

Anyone watching The Voice when Smith auditioned could tell that he was more than excited to see Jennifer Hudson turn around for him.

“There’s no words to describe that feeling, seeing her face when she turned around,” Smith said. “There’s not enough words in the dictionary to describe how that felt. She’s so cool and real and down to earth. But also, like, she has a vision and she knows what she wants and she’s a hard worker. So, she has such a good balance of being like a real person that you can talk to but also knowing like this is work, we are doing job and we have to get things done. And, like, she always is grinding so I look up to her in that aspect so much.”

Smith said no matter what happens in the show, he feels very blessed to be there. Which he describes as an experience that he wouldn’t trade for the world.

“I think that it’s all in God’s hands, and that just kind of what I keep telling myself. Whenever I feel nervous or whenever, you know, because there are so many talented people on this season, like, everyone is so good. Whenever I feel down, I just keep telling myself that it’s all part of God’s plan and if it’s in His will it going to be done. So, that’s just kind of my saving grace I think.”

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