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Kannapolis Native, Kameron Marlowe, Advances on NBC's "The Voice"

Oct 24, 2018 03:08PM ● By Jason Huddle

Kameron Marlowe

Kameron Marlowe, 21, from Kannapolis, bested his first opponent, Kayley Hill, on NBC's "The Voice" as the pair performed Hootie and the Blowfish's "Only Wanna Be With You" last night (Oct. 23). 

Marlowe, who also plays guitar, made what he called a "strategic" decision not to play and instead, simply sing the song. This allowed his competition, who plays guitar as well, to both play and sing during the round. It was a move many musicians who also sing would not have made. "It was strategic," Marlowe told Cabarrus Magazine during a phone conference call, "I felt free to connect with the song and then I could connect better with the audience."

Marlowe also said he and Hill were not initially excited about the song choice their team coach, Blake Shelton, had picked out for them. "We were not happy with it," he explained. "But then we decided to strip it down and make it more intimate and it worked out well." After the performance, Shelton declared Marlowe the winner of the round, thereby eliminating Hill from the competition. 

Marlowe, who grew up on country music, got his start singing in church when he was 10 and later joined a band in high school that played gigs around Kannapolis. He now performs as much as possible and is a worship leader at Elevation Worship. He says there are a few places he misses back home, like the Park Road Soda Shoppe in Kannapolis. "I miss it so much! I would go in there about every day."

Last year his mother was diagnosed with a degenerative disc injury in her back and had to stop working. Marlowe decided to quit college and get a job to help out. Before The Voice, Marlowe was working full-time as an auto parts consultant. Despite having to be away, he says his family is completely behind him. "(My mom) has been so supportive," Marlowe told CM as he discussed his family. "I don't think she could care less about her back, as long I stay on the show."

To do that, Marlowe will next have to win in the "Knockout Round" in order to advance to the live shows, where the public is allowed to vote for their favorites. The knockout round is similar to the battle round, in that Marlowe will be pitted against another member of Team Blake and Shelton will then pick a winner to advance. However, this time the song selection will fall on the competitors, rather than the coach. The knockout rounds begin next week. The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday evening at 8pm on NBC.

Article By: Jason Huddle

Photos Courtesy: NBC

To view the clip of Kameron Marlowe's battle round performance, click on the link below.

https://www.nbc.com/the-voice/video/kameron-marlowe-vs-kayley-hill-only-wanna-be-with-you/3817140

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