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Local singer McLoughlin a hit on ‘The Voice’


Collin McLoughlin, a singer-songwriter hailing from Bedford, made it through the blind audition section of NBC’s The Voice, wooing audiences and judges with a rendition of Cat Stevens’ folk-rock track “Wild World.”

“I’ve been working so hard to finally get a chance like this: to finally have it all come down to one audition and to finally have it work out in my favor,” Collin said.

Collin, 24, said he dropped out of the New York University Steinhardt music business graduate program to better pursue his musical career.

“I needed a chance to go and try to live out a dream because this is the only chance in my life I can really go do it,” he said.

Collin’s mother, Nancy McLoughlin, a Record-Review contributor, said while Collin’s decision to leave school is still a point of contention, it seems to be working.

“He still maintains that the year he took off allowed him to build his Facebook and network,” she said.

Collin released a series of YouTube videos depicting his musical abilities that have racked up a total of 11 million views. His songs have pushed him into professional territory.

“He is really making his living in iTunes,” Ms. McLoughlin said. “He, in the year that he lived home, earned enough in song royalties from writing his own songs and performing to have an apartment in Manhattan. We are not helping him anymore.”

However, Ms. McLoughlin said her son spent little time in his Manhattan apartment, as he had to go out to Los Angeles to perform on The Voice.

In The Voice, contestants perform their songs to a four-judge panel who have their backs turned to the singers at first. If one of the judges likes what they hear, they hit a button turning their chair around, signifying the judge wants to put the musician on their team, whom they will coach for later competition. Performers can use instruments, as in Collin’s case — he sang “Wild World” with guitar in hand.

The judges for The Voice are established musicians Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Every judge, with the exception of Ms. Aguilera,  turned to face Collin rather early during his song. If more than one judge selects a performer, the performer is allowed to choose their team. Collin chose Mr. Levine, frontman of pop-rock band Maroon 5.

Collin said he does not rule out finishing his graduate degree and that the program benefited him.

“It was great. It sort of opened my eyes to the importance of the stuff that goes into music,” he said. “There’s so much more involved in making a career out of it than just performing and singing and writing.”

Ms. McLoughlin said an internship with songwriting team Pilot Creative helped Collin during his time at graduate school.

“His primary job was getting coffee and picking up dog poop, you know, walking the CEO’s dog,” she said. “In doing that he was listening to all the creative people writing music because he was sort of lurking and it just lit him on fire.”

Ms. McLoughlin said Collin’s interest in music began in Bedford at the Rippowam Cisqua School.

“I think Collin was always pretty musical and until somebody put a guitar in his hands at Rippowam it didn’t really connect with him,” she said.

Ms. McLoughlin said that despite Collin living in Manhattan, he still requested food from Bedford restaurants at their family’s The Voice viewing party in the city.

“My hometown definitely influences me,” Collin said. “It definitely set the groundwork for things I have done later on.”

The newest episode of The Voice will premiere on 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 on NBC.

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Collin’s interest in music began in Bedford at the Rippowam Cisqua School.