Meet Terry McDermott of Team Blake on The Voice

Terry McDermott was the very first singer we met on Season 3 of The Voice and traveled a circuitous route to get there.

It started in Scotland where he was a member of a six-man rock band called Driveblind.

In 2003, the band traveled to Los Angeles to do “the rock star thing,” Terry recalls.

They enjoyed enough success to release a debut album on Geffen Records a couple of years later.

But then they all got to the age where they started getting married and doing different things and the band members went their separate ways.

Terry, 35, now lives in New Orleans with his wife and son.

His wife calls The Voice “his reintroduction to a world he took a little break from.”

Terry says he “came to America with a passion and a dream” and feels “like it got taken away a little too early.”

For his audition, he sings “Teenage Wasteland.”

And for much of his 90-second performance, it doesn’t appear that dream will be rekindled.

But then all three male judges on the show turn around late in his performance.

Adam praises Terry for his “clear pristine voice.”  Christina says that voice has a “great radio quality.”

What the show didn’t show:  In addition to their debut album, Driveblind released a four-track EP, “The Future You Were Promised,” in 2008. More recently, Terry has served as lead singer for Lotus Crush and released a 10-track album with that group in March 2011. The band includes guitarist Peter Klett and drummer Scott Mercado, original members of Candlebox, which enjoyed considerable chart success in the mid-1990s, including a platinum debut album. Head to Terry’s website, and you’ll see a humorous post in which he talks about singing in a Japanese Coke Zero Commercial. He says the song from the commercial was played before every J. League (soccer) match. “Technically, I’ve been heard in stadiums all over Japan,” he jokes. “Not quite in the way I imagine, I might add.” Head here and you can listen to plenty of Lotus Crush music.

Update:  The singer from Scotland got all three male judges to turn around for his blind audition of “Teenage Wasteland.” On the first night of the battle rounds, he beat Casey Muessigmann when they performed “Carry on My Wayward Son.” He was pitted against fellow rocker Rudy Parris in the knockout round and won with “Baby, I’m Amazed.” During the live playoffs, he sang “Don’t Stop Believing.” Fans voted him into the Top 12.

Editor’s Note: Check back for live blogs every night the finalists perform on The Voice.

Terry McDermott singing “Black Hole Heart” with Lotus Crush

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4 Responses to “Meet Terry McDermott of Team Blake on The Voice”

  1. [...] 1: Terry McDermott vs. Casey Muessigmann — Interesting pairing, considering Terry is a rock singer and Casey is [...]

  2. [...] Terry McDermott: The veteran rocker turned to an old favorite — “Baby I’m Amazed” — to score a knockout round win over fellow rocker Rudy Parris. A strategical error — singing out of genre — hurt Rudy, but Terry was still quite impressive. Saying he still has the drive, the former lead singer of Driveblind will sing “Don’t Stop Believing.” Not sure this is the best match of singer and song, because Terry’s an excellent vocalist, but sounds like he’s straining on the opening verse. And, expect for a couple of big notes, it never got much better. Grade: C [...]

  3. [...] Blake: Cassadee Pope is a no brainer. Terry McDermott is better than his Monday performance and deserves to make it. Liz Davis was very good Monday and [...]

  4. [...] Terry McDermott: The singer from Scotland got all three male judges to turn around for his blind audition of “Teenage Wasteland.” On the first night of the battle rounds, he beat Casey Muessigmann when they performed “Carry on My Wayward Son.” He was pitted against fellow rocker Rudy Parris in the knockout round and won with “Baby, I’m Amazed.” During the live playoffs, he sang “Don’t Stop Believing.” Fans voted him into the Top 12. [...]

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