Former “The Voice” contestant Chris Jamison performed a set of covers and original songs at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s (SMCM) Lewis Quadrangle Pub on Jan. 30 at 8:30 p.m. This show was a part of SMCM Programs Board’s Late Night @ The Pub series
Chris Jamison is a musician who appeared on Season 7 of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” in 2014. The Pittsburgh native fared well on the competition as the second runner up and was mentored by Adam Levine during his run on the show. Jamison lightheartedly disclosed that the Maroon 5 singer “doesn’t respond to [his] text messages anymore.” During his performance he serenaded the crowd with his large vocal range and songwriting skills. His keyboard player, referred to mononymously as Claud, backed up his powerful vocals with smooth jazz riffs.
Jamison opened up his set with the Top 40 song “Attention” by pop artist Charlie Puth. The musician put his own spin on the hit, engaging his falsetto in an R&B rendition. He followed up the high energy tune with the classic “Killing Me Softly” by Fugees. Articulating each lyric with a certain preciseness and soul, Jamison belted out the tune.
Jamison also showcased songs that are currently unreleased to the public. “Coffee in the Morning” is a song about his unconditional love for his wife that he mentioned was inspired by the relationship between characters Jack and Rebecca NBC drama series “This Is Us.” He mentioned that he sang this song at his wedding, and dedicated it to his wife. The tear-jerking tune kept the audience entranced, as he disclosed his struggles with beer in college, his desire for kids in the future and his commitment to his wife through song. The record will be released in the Spring.
As a change of pace, Jamison performed the song “Paris in the Rain” by artist Lauv. Modifying the original song’s lyrics, he brought laughter to the crowd as he sang, “When I’m with Claud, when I’m at the Pub…Feels like Paris in the Pub.”
Connecting with the audience, Jamison revealed his journey to become a musician. When he went to college in Columbus, Ohio, he would play three-hour long acoustic sets in lounges and bars. Sometimes he played to an empty room, or just to family members. He left college after two years in order to compete in “The Voice.” Jamison advised that the audience to stay in school and not follow in his footsteps. Overall, he revealed that he enjoys playing in intimate environments, since it allows him to engage with his audience more.
Jamison continued his set with another original named “Guilty” which he released in August 2016. It is available to stream on the music service Spotify. The hit “Issues” by Julia Michaels was followed by a medley that he typically performs at college shows. The ten-minute goosebump-inducing medley included the songs “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith, “The Best Part” by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R., “Done For Me” by Charlie Puth, featuring Kehlani and “Havana” by Camila Cabello.
During his jazzy cover of “How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees, it was clear how passionate he is about singing. His face bared emotion as his body rhythmically moved to the music. He followed up with another original song that has yet to be released entitled “Exception.” He especially highlighted a line in the song that he was proud of, referring to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise: “I’ll treat you like a lady, I don’t need no ‘Fifty Shades.’”
The latter half of his set continued with a powerful cover of Maroon 5’s “Sugar.” The audience wanted more, so as an encore Jamison closed the night out with an emotional performance of Ed Sheeran’s ballad “Perfect.”
To keep up with Jamison’s latest musical ventures, follow him @IAmChrisJamison on Twitter and Instagram and check out his profile on Spotify.