Here’s more about Eli:
* He’s also been a star athlete, earning all-state honors four times at Waterloo High School while running track and cross country.
* That earned him an opportunity to compete on both teams for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes as well.
* But Eli had decided to step away from sports — and training that meant running as much as 75 miles in a week — prior to his audition on The Voice.
* “It was always a dream of mine to be a D-1 (Division I) runner,” he said in his Voice bio package. “But it was also a dream to chase the musician dream. Going to college, it wasn’t very feasible to do both.”
* And he’s been pursuing music with a flourish in 2023, releasing his first three singles, “Catalyst,” “Text When You Leave” and “Wildfire.” The latter, his most recent release, is especially impressive. Check it out below.
* “I love to play those every time I’m gigging to see how they fare in different crowds,” Eli told the Voice of his trio of singles.
* Eli has also posted a snippet of another original, “Fonder,” to social media. It’s a song he wrote with Elizabeth Evans and Andrew Lucier (Ange), two of his Season 24 Voice colleagues.
* Eli says that song will be on an EP he hopes to release later this year.
* He credits his mom for his interest in music. She enrolled him in piano lessons at age 5 and he says he’s “forever thankful” she did.
* He’s since taught himself to play guitar and drums. And while he’s in a band that occasionally gigs and plays country covers, he classifies his own music as singer-songwriter / pop.