Cole Vosbury with his grandmother. Vosbury is one of the six remaining contestants on NBC's 'The Voice.'
Shreveport native Cole Vosbury was the last contestant eliminated for the finals of NBC’s "The Voice."
Vosbury was one of five remaining singers heading into Tuesday night's elimination round. It was the culmination of a long journey for Vosbury.
Family and friends celebrated as he successfully survived an open “cattle-call” in Houston, the televised blind auditions and the televised “Battle Round” eliminations. Fans have continued to vote for his performances, keeping him on the show.
Vosbury was one of only seven (out of about 40,000) nationwide open-audition contestants chosen to actually appear on the program. The rest of the contestants are either repeat performers or they were invited.
Vosbury was born into a family whose musical roots stretch back into the 1950s. His grandmother, the former Nita Lynn, traveled with Gov. Jimmie Davis and with swing/bop pioneer Paul Howard (and his Arkansas Cotton Pickers). She appeared regularly on the Louisiana Hayride, as well as The Grand Ol’ Opry in the mid-to-late ‘50s. Nita had two sons, Robin and Keith Vosbury, who continue the family’s musical legacy. Both have been well-known in the local music scene for many years, and Robin has appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, New Country, and other network music shows. Today, the brothers perform (sometimes with Cole) as The Wizards of Voz.
Cole has taken the family musical legacy to the next level in both ability and in notoriety. He is mostly self-taught, and he plays several instruments expertly. Though guitar is his primary instrument these days, he is equally comfortable with keyboards, bass, and even drums (the instrument that won him a scholarship). Though Cole is left-handed, he is just as capable with a right-handed guitar played strung “upside-down.” The same holds true with drums set up “backwards.”
His current national recognition, however, is due to his soulful voice. People Magazine called him “The Bearded Soul Man,” which is a perfect description. His range is unbelievable, not only in notation, but also in musical styles. He seems comfortable with Sinatra, McGraw, Wonder, or Bruno Mars, and he performs a spot-on impersonation of Michael Jackson—instrumentally and vocally. He sings and composes with a maturity well beyond his years, and the raw emotion he displays in his performances is impressive and contagious. Though he remains humble and gracious, there is no doubt Vosbury is a musical force whose star is rising quickly.
-- By Christopher Taylor McDavid