Gary Carpentier snagged the very last spot on Season 13 of The Voice, earning a spot on Team Adam Levine.
He joked in interviews that being the last contestant picked for Season 13 might be a good omen.
After all, the contestant in the same position in Season 12 — Chris Blue — wound up winning the show.
Gary didn’t quite make it that far. The 26-year-old from Oswego, N.Y., was bumped from the competition following a battle round match with Emily Luther.
Only a tiny snippet of their battle aired Monday. But their performance of “Send My Love” by Adele still cracked the Top 200 on iTunes pop chart.
And on Facebook, Gary is celebrating lots of new fans and seeking out gigs while planning an EP and a marriage to the fiancee we met during his blind audition bio segment.
Here’s what Gary told Voice Views about The Voice and his career plans.
Voice Views: How did you feel the battle round went, and can you fill us in on what happened since it was montaged?
Gary: I felt like our battle was really, really great. Our song selection, execution, and performance was top notch, I thought. Blake and Jennifer both said I won. Miley said if I had gone earlier in the blinds, that I would’ve been a 3-4 chair turn. It hurts losing, but I’m so proud of my partner Emily. She’s an amazing artist and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes.
Voice Views: I know the battles were filmed a while back. What have you been doing musically since then?
Gary: I’ve been writing, gigging, and really planning my wedding. Trying to capitalize on this exposure and really get my career moving in the forward direction.
Voice Views: Where do you see The Voice experience taking you musically?
Gary: I’d hope that it allows me to play all over the country and eventually form a touring band. I’d love to share my music with the world and show them that there is truly a career after the show.
Voice Views: I read somewhere, you were working on a debut EP. If so, what can folks expect musically? And do you have a timetable for releasing it?
Gary: Timetable wise, I’m hoping for early next year. Folks can expect some indie/alternative/singer-songwriter material. But moving forward, id really like to move more towards a big band/jazz route.
Voice Views: Other than the friends you met and made while participating in the show and the hometown support, what do you think will stick with you about The Voice experience?
Gary: Mainly the confidence I’ve gotten from this experience. My voice has grown so much stronger. My control, stage presence, and overall performance has made me feel so much more confident and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.
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