Sea Cliff’s Troy Ramey advanced to the live rounds of “The Voice” Monday night, thanks to a powerful version of Sia’s “Chandelier.”
Ramey’s coach Gwen Stefani picked him to move to the next round over Stephanie Rice, though she will also move to the next round as a member of Alicia Keys’ team. They will both perform as part of this season’s Top 20 starting next Monday.
“I’m really curious to see what else I can discover about Troy’s voice,” Stefani said about her choice. “Everything that comes out of him comes right from his heart and I think that he has a lot more to offer.”
Ramey was thrilled about continuing on the show. “Being on ‘The Voice’ has been like a crazy dream,” he said. “I had no idea it was going to be this much fun. I’m enjoying every minute of it and trying to soak it all in.”
Ramey recognized the risk in tackling a hit that is as difficult to sing as “Chandelier,” but felt it was an important choice. “I think it’s gonna show my ability to morph a song into my own,” he said.
Ramey said that he had been looking for ways to work at his music full-time in Sea Cliff.
“Before my blind audition, I worked in every kind of job to survive,” he said. “I waited tables. I bartended, mowed lawns. I did asbestos and lead paint inspections. I worked for an insurance company once. I didn’t sell one piece of insurance. I just sat there and looked at the wall all day. I just wanted to play music.”
Adam Levine told Ramey on the episode that aired Monday that he is already a “huge fan,” adding “I think he’s really, really special.”
“You are a major contender to win this thing,” Levine told him early on.
Stefani said she has high hopes for Ramey in the competition.
“Your voice is so interesting,” she said. “You’re so emotional and then you’re able to have this really big range. I feel like there’s so much more that you can do that I haven’t seen yet.”