March 10, 2012 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry
From his Blind Audition to his powerful duet with Team Christina’s Anthony Evans during the first Battle Round, The Voice‘s Jesse Campbell has continuously wowed the coaches of the NBC reality competition, along with the rest of the country. Well on his way to the Live shows, Jesse is an obvious contender to take home the grand prize this season, but as he revealed in a recent interview, “Pop” music wasn’t always part of his plan. Find out what led Campbell to The Voice, and how he stays true to his gospel roots after the jump.
“It really was through this life experience and that’s how I started to really hear the voice of God, and, you know, as a result of a series of what I call fortunate events, you know, I hit rock bottom and as a result of hitting rock bottom I made a choice to pull back and to continue to sing the safest thing which I thought were hymns,” Jesse Campbell explained to reporters during a recent interview.
“I had a lot of faith that I put in man and the church and then they let me down, including going to the government to get welfare until I could find a job,” he continued. “And it was like, you know, ‘Why am I sitting out here, you know, suffering for nothing? I have this talent that God has given me, so let me step outside of the box.’
“So, I chose to really do my work and when I looked with, I found that there was a serious issue of unworthiness. I didn’t feel that I was worthy to have anything and it was due to superstition that came from misunderstanding certain scriptures in the Bible, and when I realized those superstitions I was able to step outside the box.
“And in doing so, I felt as though because of the circumstances of life, having to sing on the street, having to sleep in my car, that was God’s way of speaking to me saying, ‘Hey, there is more to life than what you’ve come to know inside the church.’ So I believe that God’s people are in and out of the church and my thing is to take the limits off of myself, therefore I can take the limits off of God and what He’s willing to do through me, and therefore reach people that are all over the world, and so forth, and so on.”
Think Jesse Campbell’s “worthy” of winning Season 2 of The Voice? Sound off in the Comments section below, and don’t forget to tune in on Monday (March 12) at 8|7c when the Battle Round continues on NBC.
Visit our sister site SheKnows for more breaking news about celebrities and entertainment!
Photo credit: NBC