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Jermaine Paul (born July 26, 1979) is an American singer. He was the winner of the second season of The Voice. Prior to his The Voice stint, he was co-nominated at the 48th Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, in a collaborative work with Alicia Keys as the featured artist.[1]

Jermaine Paul
Jermaine Paul with Alicia Keys.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJeremiah Jermaine Paul
Born (1979-07-26) July 26, 1979 (age 40)
Harriman, New York, United States
GenresR&B, gospel
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1996–present
LabelsT.W.Is.M Records, A&M, Universal Republic, Republic
Associated acts1Accord, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton

Early lifeEdit

Jeremiah Jermaine Paul was born on July 26, 1979, in Harriman, New York, and was raised in Spring Valley, New York, the fifth of 10 children.[2] His father encouraged his involvement in music by "turning their living room into a musical performance area". "It was loaded with instruments—piano, drums and guitars—and some of the kids, including Jermaine, formed a group to perform gospel songs in local churches."[2] By the time he was 12 years old, he began to acquire a reputation for singing at local churches and talent shows with his family. Jermaine joined numerous adult choirs.[3][better source needed]

At the age of two, Jermaine and his brother moved to Alabama with their grandfather. There, he was introduced to the guitar. He played his step-grandmother's old Gibson guitar at the local church. With some knowledge of the guitar, and the yearning to go back to New York, he wrote his first song.[3]

At the age of 14, he moved up-state to Harriman, New York (Hudson Valley). There he attended Monroe-Woodbury High School and was introduced to rock and jazz. While taking guitar lessons he was selected to join the all-state, all-county chorus, and the classically trained high school voice ensemble.[3]

Music careerEdit

At 15, Paul joined a quartet group named 1Accord and signed to basketball star Shaquille O'Neal's label, T.W.Is.M Records. He began writing and producing songs of his own. Paul auditioned for the first season of American Idol but did not receive any callbacks from the producers.[3] He began recording backing vocals for artists such as Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, Blackstreet and Jaguar Wright.[3] He was nominated for a Grammy for the category "Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals" for "If This World Were Mine" by Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul. The track was from the J Records album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.[4]

The Voice (2012)Edit

In 2012, he auditioned for the second season of The Voice singing "Complicated" from Avril Lavigne. Two of the four coaches turned their chairs (Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green), with Paul opting to be on Team Blake. He was the eventual winner of the second season.

Performances on The Voice
Show Song Original Artist Order Result
Blind Audition "Complicated" Avril Lavigne 14 CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton turned
Paul joined Blake Shelton's Team
Battles (Top 48) "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" (vs. ALyX) Billy Ocean N/A Saved by Blake Shelton
Live Show "Livin' on a Prayer" Bon Jovi 1 Saved (Public Vote)
Quarter-Finals (First Week) "Against All Odds" Phil Collins 7
Semi-Finals "Open Arms" Journey 5 Safe (123 Points)
Live Finale (Final 4) "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly 1 Winner
"God Gave Me You" Dave Barnes 8
"Soul Man" (w/ Blake Shelton) Sam and Dave 10

After The VoiceEdit

His winning song, a cover of "I Believe I Can Fly" made it up to #83 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up, "Soul Man", with his coach Blake Shelton did not break the Hot 100, reaching just #108.[citation needed]

His single "I Believe in This Life" reportedly taken from his forthcoming album premiered on The Voice on November 8, 2012.[5]



Year Single Peak positions Album
2012 "Complicated" Highlights from Season 2 The Voice
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car"
"Livin' on a Prayer"
"Against All Odds"
"Open Arms"
"I Believe I Can Fly" 83
"Soul Man"A
(with coach, Blake Shelton)
"I Believe in This Life"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Singles as back up vocals
Year Song Album
1996 "Don't Wanna Be Alone" (Shaquille O'Neal featuring 1Accord) You Can't Stop The Reign
1997 "Don't Stop, Don't Quit" (1Accord) Booty Call Soundtrack
1998 "Rivers" (Shaquille O'Neal featuring 1Accord) Respect
2003 "Diary" (Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Toné! and Jermaine Paul) The Diary of Alicia Keys
2005 "Unbreakable" (Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul) Unplugged
2005 "Gold Digger" (Remix) (Kanye West featuring Focus) Late Registration
2005 "If This World Were Mine" (Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul) So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
2008 "The Preamble" The Preamble
2009 "Airplane"


  1. ^ "The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards Roundup: R&B/Rap Fields". Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Boyle Cush, Christina. "Jermaine Paul Emerges as the Front Man". Success. VideoPlus. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jermaine Paul". Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  4. ^ PR Newswire: RCA Music Group Artists Earn 28 Nominations for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards
  5. ^[dead link]
  6. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of May 26, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2012.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Javier Colon
The Voice (American TV series) Winner
2012 (Spring)
Succeeded by
Cassadee Pope
Preceded by
"Stitch by Stitch"
The Voice (American TV series) Winner's song
"I Believe I Can Fly

2012 (Spring)
Succeeded by