By Breegan Petruska
A Rockford man is one of three Michigan singers featured on NBC’s 20th season of the singing competition, “The Voice.”
Bradley Sinclair, 22, opened his season, auditioning with “Say You Won’t Let Go,” by James Arthur. He excited judges with his range, getting two chairs turned from Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas. After receiving comments from the judges, he secured a spot on Jonas’s team.
“I was definitely on the fence of who I wanted to pick, ultimately I went with Nick, just because it was a gut feeling of this guy that I’ve looked up to for a long time in his career,” Sinclair said in an interview with eightWest.
While living in Rockford, Sinclair performed in many Grand Rapids venues including the Pyramid Scheme and the Intersection. After realizing he wanted to pursue a career in music, he quit his job at the Apple store and moved to Tennessee in pursuit of his dream.
To follow along with Sinclair’s music career, you can follow him on Instagram @bradleysinclairmusic.
The youngest competitor on the show this season is Rachel Mac, 15, of Romeo, a rural Detroit suburb. Auditioning with the song “Let Him Fly” by Patty Griffin, Mac received one chair turn, grabbing her spot on Team Jonas.
Mac, a sophomore in high school, comes from a family with a musical background and is very musically involved herself. At school, she performs in musical theater, choir, marching band, and leads her youth worship team.
On April 12, Sinclair went against Mac in their first round of the battle rounds. Together they performed “Your Song” by Elton John. Although he got an abundance of positive feedback from the judges, Sinclair did not win the battle, and will not be moving forward in the competition. Mac will be moving forward in the next week of competition for the knockouts.
You can watch Mac as she moves forward and follow her on Instagram @rachelmac.
Rio Doyle, 16, of Adrian, is another Michigan native competing this season.
Performing “When We Were Young” by Adele for her audition, Doyle got one chair turn and secured her place on John Legend’s team.
Doyle was born with music in her veins. She credits her musical talents and inspiration from her mother and spends lots of time writing music, singing solo, and performing with her worship band.
On April 12, for her battle round, Doyle along with another contestant, Carolina Rial, performed “Somebody I Used To Know” by Gotye. She received high remarks from her coach, along with battle advisor and R&B artist Brandy, on the strong and unique tone of her singing voice. Doyle pulled through, winning her battle, and will move on to next week’s knockout round.
To follow along on her music journey, you can follow her on Instagram @riolana.doyle.
Mac and Doyle will be performing in the knockout rounds on Monday, April 19 at 8 p.m. on NBC.