LONDONDERRY — As former Londonderry High School student Josh Logan advances to another round on NBC’s “The Voice,” audiences tuning in across the nation are discovering a talent that local music fans have known about for quite some time.
Live rounds of “The Voice” will premier Monday night, Nov. 4. Those watching at home can cast their votes for their favorites after watching live television performances by the 20 finalists, including Logan, 33.
After acing the show’s blind auditions last month, Logan chose celebrity host Christina Aguilera as his coach.
The local musician advanced to the knockout rounds earlier this week, going head-to-head with fellow Team Christina member Amber Nicole Monday night for the right to remain on the team.
Celebrity host CeeLo Green promptly stole Nicole for his own team after she lost that knockout round to Logan.
During a telephone interview late Wednesday afternoon, Logan, who is a singer and guitar player, said he was feeling pretty confident as the live rounds loomed closer.
“In looking back, I think that the key is consistency in a contest like this with so many talented people,” said Logan. “I’m looking forward to playing an instrument in the future and maybe to show some other sides of my voice that people maybe just haven’t heard yet.”
He said working with Aguilera has been a memorable part of the process as has the overall environment of the program, which he describes as an “honest, friendly competition.”
“There’s so many different things every time we attack a new song,” he said. “Every time I work with (Aguilera) I think I get more comfortable in who she is personality-wise. Now it’s just a matter of seeing what this song does and now she kind of knows what my voice does.
“I want to soak it all in like a sponge. And I want to do the best for her and show her that time spent with me is well spent,” he said.
Logan remains on Aguilera’s team after belting out Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” before television audiences earlier this week.
Wearing his trademark black fedora, Logan sounded eerily similar to the legendary soul icon, causing Aguilera and the fellow coaches to dance in their seats and audience members to jump up to their feet.
“It’s magic,” Aguilera agreed, as she declared Logan the winner of the knockout round. “I love how he keeps surprising the coaches.”
A father by age 17, Logan once struggled to pay his bills and worked in the construction industry after withdrawing from Londonderry High School. He later earned his GED and entered the local music scene in his late teens.
By 2006, Logan thought he’d finally gotten his big break after being chosen to compete for the hit CBS television show, “Rockstar: Supernova.”
Though his appearance on the program made him a household name as one of the show’s top 15 contenders, Logan didn’t make the final cut and returned to the Manchester area once the show concluded, where he’s been performing inside crowded local venues ever since.