Jordan Smith, the winner of last year’s The Voice, has proclaimed that he will use his new-found fame to glorify God. Smith delivered several powerhouse gospel songs during The Voice competitions, clearly foreshadowing Jordan’s path he would follow. Songs such as “Mary Did You Know,” “Hallelujah,” “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” and the more recent performance at the Super Bowl of Gospel, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” gave no doubt Smith’s choice was to sing gospel. Smith definitely started off using fame to glorify God.
According to Charisma News, Smith said at a press conference last week that he had been devastated when he didn’t get chosen for The Voice in 2014. “It was difficult because it was something that I wanted very badly,” Smith said.
“I had this dream in my heart to be a part of the show and I thought that I was meant to do it. I really thought for a very long time, for a few years, that I was meant to do this. When I auditioned and didn’t make it, it was a little devastating.”
The press conference was held after a special chapel service at Lee University on Thursday, February 18, when Smith returned to his “second home” last week. Jordan said he didn’t think he was ready when he auditioned the first time, and that the year he had to wait to audition again helped him prepare to cope with everyday tasks such as working two jobs, attending class, and traveling and singing in Lee University’s alternative chapel band.
“With that whole entire year of preparation, I see that when I actually got to be on the show was the exact right time,” Smith said. “I’m a very firm believer that even the right thing at the wrong time can be the wrong thing for you.”
Smith has since performed at the People’s Choice Awards, sung the national anthem at sporting events and traveled around the country meeting with press. Smith has also just released his first album, Something Beautiful.
Smith also performed at the Super Bowl of Gospel 2016 as reported in a previous Inquisitr article. His amazing rendition of “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” captured the audiences as his true calling – to glorify God – was revealed. In the video below, Smith is singing the same song at Lee University last week.
Smith said that he made a prayerful decision when auditioning for The Voice the second time. He decided that he would maintain his attitude throughout his music career, that he would stay grounded in his faith and read the Bible and keep a prayerful life.
“It’s very important for me to keep that foundation so I have that to build everything else on,” Smith said. “It allows me not to get caught up in this whole whirlwind…it’s easy to get caught up in that and become stressed and worried but…once I prepare myself in that way, I go into every situation feeling already prepared, already ready, knowing where my strength comes from [and] knowing where my help comes from.”
Smith also said he chooses to prioritize his fiancee and family as well as his relationship with Christ. “They are reality,” Smith said.
“This whole journey that I’m on; it’s all so new that it hasn’t settled in that it’s real life yet, but I know that these people have been with me through this whole thing. They’ve made sacrifices and they’re still making sacrifices for me to be able to [sing] as a career and do what I love, so it’s important for me to remember that and stay grounded in that.”
Smith includes his fellow classmates and band at Lee University as well, saying, “The people [at Lee], and the school and everything I did here formed me into the musician, and the person and the man that I am.” With Jordan Smith’s new fame that will most assuredly continue to grow, his desire to glorify God will be definitely be fulfilled.
[Photo By Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]