The Voice returns Monday, Feb. 26, with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson as coaches and a new blind audition twist.
Check back then and throughout Season 14 for complete coverage on Voice Views. Meanwhile, here’s a bit about Wilkes.
* A music veteran, Jason Wilkes grew up in Cedartown, Ga., now lives in Waleska, Ga., and labels himself a country-pop artist.
* At age 16, he joined a Christian rock band called High Flight Society that wound up releasing an album and a pair of EPs with Wilkes as lead vocalist. At one point, they served as the backing band for country star Sam Hunt, awho also hails from Cedartown.
* High Flight Society stopped touring in 2012 after the band’s drummer Scotty Lockridge died suddenly at age 31. For a while, Wilkes worked as a worship leader.
* He then joined a Christian rock band called Disciple as a bass player, background vocalist and co-lead vocalist. He was part of the band for its 2014 “Attack” album, which reached number 44 on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Christian albums chart. In fact, Wilkes has a song-writing credit on three of the album’s tracks.
* In 2014, Jason took to KickStarter to fund an EP under the stage name Wilkes. He described the project as pop-rock music meets worship. “Shells,” the resulting eight-track project, was released in late 2015.
* More recently, he’s moved his music in a country-pop direction. He released a three-song EP called “No Filter, Part 1” last year as well as a single called “Stealing from Heaven.” You can find all four songs on digital music sites and as free downloads from Wilkes’ website. I’ve embedded the excellent “Stealing from Heaven” below.