Jason Kertson of local talented band, "Jason Kertson & The Immortals" was recently and unexpectedly booted off "The Voice" during the Blind Auditions.
Rolling Stone Magazine said, "...we kind of wonder if when the judges turned around they regretted overlooking Jason Kertson, who at 16 is such a guitar virtuoso that he can play two instruments at a time...who caught the attention of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine...With his Bieber-esque good looks and deep, deep voice, the kid could make a killing in the viewer-voted live rounds. But his mature voice may have hurt him, since the judges thought he was older…" (http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/videos/the-voice-recap-second-time-a-...)
Jason was a nice young gentleman and the enthusiasm he had during the interview was contagious.
JF: What was your favorite performance you gave during the entirety of "The Voice" auditions?
JK: The blind auditions. Lips of an Angel, at the time it was a really cool song. I had started picking up on the song. Looking back now, from experiences I have gained, I wouldn’t have chosen that song.
JF: Were you ever nervous to be in front of the judges?
JK: At the very beginning a little bit, but got more into song and it wore off.
JF: Which judge were you the most nervous in front of?
JK: I was a bit starstruck when I first saw Christina Aguilera turn around.
JF: What did you do to pump up before a performance?
JK: What I do before I perform, vocal exercises, find a place quiet, take five minutes, close eyes, relax whole body and mind, state of performing, self relaxation.
JF: Did you ever think to yourself, “I have millions of people watching me?”
JK: Yeah, it’s so weird because the way it came and went it was like I was on a virtual reality, didn’t think about it onstage, kinda surreal aura, once I was offstage, it felt pretty good.
JF: How did that make you feel?
JK: I feel so grateful for the opportunity. I was able to be on national television not many people have that much exposure.
JF: Who were you closest to in the competition?
JK: It’s interesting because everybody there is the absolute salt of the earth kind of people, like musicians, we all have gratitude toward life. By the end of the last couple days it was like family. I still keep in touch.
JF: Who do you think was your strongest competitor?
JK: To me, the Blind Auditions competition is against yourself to see what reactions you get from the judges.
Jason is sure to go far, as a professional and talented musician local to the Seattle area.