After fan voting during this week’s finale, the Grass Lake teen came in behind winner Bryce Leatherwood and three other finalists. The recap and a video at Local Spins.
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To say it was an unexpected, head-spinning and buzz-generating journey might be an understatement.
Hailing from the tiny mid-Michigan town of Grass Lake (pop. 1,119), 16-year-old Brayden Lape made it all the way to the Top 5 of this season’s singing competition on NBC’s “The Voice,” before finishing in fifth place on Tuesday night.
Country singer Bryce Leatherwood, 22, of Georgia, was named the winner of Season 22.
Lape, who sang Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” and Corey Kent’s “Wild as Her” during Monday’s live performance segment of the finals, had impressed judges and fans alike during his long run on the popular TV show even though he only started singing regularly a couple of years ago.
After fan votes were tabulated, Lape finished fifth, making him the first contestant to be eliminated on Tuesday night.
“I’ve grown so much” (since the show’s blind auditions last August), he said, before thanking coach Blake Shelton and hugging all four judges before leaving the stage.
Like Leatherwood, Lape – who cites pop star Shawn Mendes as an influence along with country singers Brett Young and Parker McCollum – was a member of Team Blake during this season’s competition.
Lape is the son of Kari and Bryan Lape, and plays football, baseball and basketball as a sophomore at Grass Lake High School in Jackson County.
He told Local Spins that he hopes to continue the music side of his budding career by recording and releasing some music in 2023.
“I have written some originals on my own and also teamed up to write a couple more songs,” said Lape, who dedicated the finale performance to his supportive hometown. “I plan on recording and putting out music next year. Stay tuned.”
Read more about Lape in this Local Spins interview.
VIDEO: Brayden Lape, “Humble and Kind” (The Voice Finale)
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