Alicia Keys' Back-Up Singer Jermaine Paul Wins "The Voice"
You remember him, don't you? You should.
Alicia Keys' one-time back-up singer Jermaine Paul won "The Voice" last night.
The man whose vocals first entered our psyche and rivaled that of Keys herself on her 2003 hit song "Diary," has made a name for himself as the second season victor.
Mentored by coach Blake Shelton, Jermaine collapsed into the country singer's arms upon hearing the news before thanking those that voted, his wife, children, parents, and "Nobody but Jesus, man, nobody!"
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Host Carson Daly revealed that only a mere 4 percentage points separated Paul and runner-up Juliet Simms.
Paul walked away with a recording contract with Universal Republic Records and a $100,000 cash prize.
Keys, who's been rallying for Paul via Twitter all season, wrote after his win: "@JermainePaul deservesssss all of this!!!!! He has more talent in one hand....;-)))) congratulations brotha!!!!!!! Shine shine shine!!!!!!"
He took center stage and sang R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" to close out the show, but let's reminisce on how we first met him below: