Former AMK student makes appearance on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Former AMK student makes appearance on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

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He steps on stage with a shiny red guitar and bright lights beaming down, and as he belts out a high note, Christina Aguilera’s mouth forms the word “Wow.”
“Sweet Home Alabama” begins to play and former Texas A&M University- Kingsville middle linebacker, David Grace, sings the recognizable Lynyrd Skynrd tune.
As he stands on the stage of NBC’s The Voice, all Grace wants is for one of the celebrity judges, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, or Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, to push a button, turn around and say they want him on their team.
Unfortunately, despite the other judges’ badgering Shelton to push his button and pick up another country singer, no judge turns around, leaving Grace to end his audition on a low note.
“I’ve always said ‘reality’ shows are like rolling the dice,” Grace said. “[You] can’t get lucky all the time and that’s all it is; luck.”
The Sante Fe, Texas, native graduated from AMK with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in April 2006, a master’s science in psychology in December 2007 and four consecutive conference championships with the Javelina football team.
“[AMK] were the best years of my life,” Grace said. “[I] met life long friends, received a bachelor’s and master’s degree, won four conference championships on the Javelina football team and was hired to coach the team for an entire year with two great staffs.”
Despite not being a music major at AMK, Grace began his music career here in Kingsville while attending AMK.
“It was a passion that grew very quickly over a short period of time,” Grace said. “I’ve been around music my entire life, but never pursued or even thought about it because of my infatuation of football.”
Though football is still a passion of Grace’s, he says music is what he wants to do.
After being on The Voice, Grace said his fan base has expanded and his social networks’ followers have quadrupled.
“Just being shown on national television for five to seven minutes helped [me] out tremendously,” Grace said.
The process of being on a nationally televised show was a long and eye opening experience, Grace said.
“Let’s just say I watch television in a different light now,” Grace said.
After going in for a private audition, Grace advanced to the top 250 and then the top 125; from there he was able to go to the televised audition.
Grace spent quite some time in Los Angeles, California during this process and wasn’t too happy with the song he ultimately performed.
“I wasn’t a fan of the song the producers of the show chose for me,” Grace said. “It’s like trying to change up the Star Spangled Banner. You just don’t do it, but I did and it might have hurt my audition.”
Grace’s face spoke a thousand words as he finished his audition to see that none of the four judges turned their chairs around.
He nervously bit his lip as country star Blake Shelton explained the reason behind him not picking Grace.
“It was those dips and bends that you would take in a note and I didn’t know if you were doing it on purpose or trying to find the note,” Shelton said.
At the end of his critique, Shelton told Grace he almost pushed his button and the “what if” can be seen written all over his face.
“I took a chance and didn’t get the outcome I wanted,” Grace said.
Grace stepped off stage with a disappointed frown and headed backstage to meet his family who were watching the audition with anxiousness.
“Blake just kept [reaching for the button], he wanted to, he just,” Grace’s mother told him as he walked backstage.
“You did good, just like you always do, son,” Grace’s father encouraged him.
Graces says “Thank you Dad,” and his five minutes on national television are over.
Even though he didn’t pass the “Blind Audition” portion of the show, Grace still has hopes for the future.
“My goals are still the same, I want to get a record deal, tour and play music the rest of my life,” Grace said. “Being on The Voice just helped me get a little closer to achieving some of my goals.”

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