Londonderry to L.A.
Local singer finds his 'Voice' on hit show
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent |
September 26. 2013 9:18PM
New Hampshire resident and former Londonderry High School student Josh Logan aced the blind auditions during Monday night's airing of NBC's "The Voice." Logan will compete in the show's upcoming battle rounds in front of millions of television viewers later this fall. (COURTESY Jason D Sliviak /JDS Photography)
LONDONDERRY — Millions of viewers tuning in to NBC's "The Voice" earlier this week had their first encounter with the soulful voice of singer Josh Logan, who captured the interest of celebrity coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine during the show's latest round of blind auditions.
But for those familiar with the southern New Hampshire music scene, Logan's latest success come as little surprise.
Logan, 33, has been performing around the Granite State for more than 20 years.
"I was singing jingles from the Indiana Jones movies around the house when I was just a little kid," the former Londonderry High School student said during a phone interview on Thursday.
By the time Logan reached his preteen years, he was getting standing ovations after belting our karaoke tunes inside area venues during his mother's stint as a karaoke host.
"From the moment I first stepped on a stage, I was bitten by the bug," he said.
Several years later, he formed his first band and the rest, as they say, is history.
The path to stardom was a rocky one. Logan became a father at age 17 and withdrew from school, opting instead to earn his GED and work for a Londonderry construction firm.
His early days as a teenage dad were rife with challenges, but he never strayed too far from his dreams.
"I'd play gigs whenever I could," he said. "After a couple of years, it began to pay the bills, and I walked away from construction."
In 2006, Logan believed his moment had arrived. After being chosen as a contestant for the hit CBS television show "Rockstar: Supernova," Logan became a household name, performing before millions of viewers twice each week and sharing the stage with the likes of Dave Navarro and Tommy Lee.
Though chosen as one of 15 finalists, Logan didn't make the final cut and returned to the Manchester area after the show ended, where he continued to play local venues and record new songs.
While he's sworn to secrecy on how he fared on "The Voice," Logan said he's definitely feeling somewhat more acquainted with stardom this time around.
"This has been absolutely surreal," he said. "You begin to get older and you reach a point where you think only the young bucks are going to be getting the gigs."
"So I'm up there trying to simply do the best I can," he said. "I realize this is probably the last time I'll be on television. But then again, you never know."
Filming for this season's "The Voice" began earlier this summer and Logan, who recently returned to New Hampshire, said the show "was run like a well-oiled machine."
"From the moment I got off the plane in Los Angeles, they took care of me," he said.
During Monday night's blind auditions, where Logan wowed the coaches with his rendition of "Too Close," coach Shelton showed interest in Logan almost immediately, followed by Aguilera, Levine and Green.
"I love that song," Aguilera told him. "You're different. You can do it all. I definitely want to work with you."
Logan chose to work with Aguilera as his celebrity coach, as did fellow finalists Matthew Schuler, Jacqui Lee and Destinee Quinn. Blind judging will continue this Monday and Tuesday, though those who want to find out how Logan fared in the upcoming singing battles will have to wait until later this fall.
In the meantime, Logan is performing at Clark's in Milford Friday evening, with a handful of upcoming shows scheduled in the surrounding area this fall, though he admitted he's cutting back on some of his gigs for the time being.
"I'm taking sort of a partial hiatus right now," he said. "Right now I have to let everything run its course and just enjoy it."
Logan said it's proven challenging not to spill the beans to his friends and relatives, especially those coming out to see him play at local venues.
"There's just so much I want to tell them — it's been difficult," he said. "But I also want them to wait and see for themselves, to watch and experience it all with fresh eyes. For me, that's been the most exciting part."