'The Voice' Contestant From Indianapolis Speaks About Experience (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - NBC33

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (NBC33) -- Josh Kaufman calls his style "old soul." He has played local Indianapolis venues like The Chatterbox, but now his hope for national stardom is coming true.

His sultry and soulful rendition of a George Michael song won over "The Voice" producers at the St. Louis tryouts, which almost didn't happen. Josh's wife was healing a broken arm after a car accident.

"I was just like, you know, what are the chances that anything's gonna come out of this? I'm just gonna stay here and help you out. And she actually was the one who was, like, 'No, you need to go. You need to do this. I don't want you to regret not doing it'," Kaufman said.

He won a ticket to the first round, singing the same song that got him there.

And yes, he was nervous.

"It just felt like every moment was happening individually, like, 'I did that okay. I did that okay. Okay, that felt good," he said.

All four judges turned their chairs. Adam Levine was first and that's who Josh chose as his coach.

"He's gone down a lot of the same kinds of roads musically that I like and I think that he'll be able to kind of point me in the right direction," Kaufman told WTHR, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.

He performed an original song, "Out The Door" at the Channel 13 studios before heading back to Hollywood, hoping to be the last man standing as winner of the sixth season of "The Voice."




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