AUBURN, Mass. — Sam James, who was born and raised in Auburn, is taking another shot at stardom as he appears on NBC’s “The Voice” for the second time Monday at 8 p.m.
In February, James was chosen from more than 120,000 musicians to audition for the television show, which is a singing competition with celebrities Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as the coaches and vocal mentors.
He wasn’t chosen to continue back in February, but he has been picked to participate once again in the upcoming round of auditions, beginning Sept. 10.
According to his website, “Sam James is a singer-songwriter rising to prominence in the alternative folk-rock scene. Fresh off an extended tour, he has already amassed a sizable fan base. Inspired by such masters as Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, John Mayer and David Wilcox, James writes and performs his own songs on guitar and piano.”
His first audition aired Feb. 6. Although he was not chosen to continue in the competition, the judges gave him favorable reviews, including telling him he sounded exactly like soul and rock singer Gavin Degraw. James sang Degraw’s hit song “I Don’t Want To Be.”
Some local radio stations discussed Sam’s audition and mentioned plans to play his music, because they were impressed by his talent, although he was shown only briefly.
James has family and friends in Auburn, who will be rooting for him, hoping that he makes it into the finals this time.
James attended Assumption School in Millbury and graduated from St. John’s Prep in Shrewsbury before moving to Worcester. He now lives in Sturbridge. When James is not touring, he plays locally at clubs, restaurants and venues, including the Banner in Worcester.
To hear a sample of Sam James' music, visit his website, which is in progress.
UPDATE - There are four weeks of auditions, and James is not sure when his audition will appear on NBC. There is a chance he won't appear on Monday night.