Laith Al-Saadi did not win “The Voice” Season 10, but he proved a point made a few times by Adam Levine. A guy with an electric guitar who sings the blues and classic hard rock has a place on the show. Congrats to Alisan Porter and Christina Aguilera for coming out on top.
The man from Michigan tore the house down during the finale performance show with a version of “White Room” by Cream, that had to stir everyone who might have thought it was untouchable as a cover. Hope Eric Clapton gets a chance to hear it.
Then on last night’s finale results show, “The Voice” welcomed Joe Walsh to duet with Laith on one of Walsh’s original beauties, “Rocky Mountain Way”. Walsh looked over a couple of time during Al-Saadi’s vocals with a sly smile and a nod of approval.
He might have come in fourth out of four, but as Adam Levine said, it was a triumph that he made it to that stage and whatever happened, even if he did not win America’s votes, he proved that you don’t have to sing pop or country to get to the finale.
Adam had a blast sitting in during Laith’s rehearsals and then did the same as they sang a Beatles classic “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”. He found a play pal and someone who is on the same page musically with him. You had to believe him when he said he’d never connected with any other singer in this way. Maybe he’ll help the guy along to get his pro music career moving.
When you look at Laith’s rock covers including a very Joe Cocker-ish arrangement of “The Letter”, a ramped-up version of Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, and the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman”, the guy is a walking embodiment of that style.
It’s been sad that winner of “The Voice”, other than a few of Blake Shelton’s singers, have not had a career like that of “American Idol” champs. Perhaps this season’s decision to record the finalists’ original song, introduce them and put them in iTunes might help. It would be a shame if Laith Al-Saadi didn’t get a chance to make the big jump from club dates to concert stages.
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