Local Man a Contestant on "The Voice"

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

NBC's primetime show "The Voice" is the hottest thing on TV these days. And a local man found himself right in the middle of all the action Monday night.

For the last six years, Geoff McBride has made a living performing at nightspots off 30-A. But Monday night, he and several dozen of his friends and family gathered at one of those spots to watch the entertainment-- Geoff McBride in his national television debut on NBC’s "The Voice."

People are used to watching Geoff McBride perform every weekend at First Note Music Hall in Blue Mountain Beach but Monday night, they sat next to him to watch him sing on the big screen.

"I'm representing Santa Rosa Beach, Florida!," McBride said on the show.

"It's been a very, very grueling experience basically for the family and I but it's been worth it all," said McBride on Monday night.

Singing Stevie Wonder's classic hit, “Higher Ground”, McBride captured the attention of celebrity judges Christina Aguilera and C-Lo.

“That's what I’m striving for, to reach higher ground and I’m sure everybody is so that's why I chose it," said McBride.

Since McBride’s pretty much sworn to secrecy, his friends and family were sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to hear which judge he would chose to work with. When the moment arrived, NBC cut to commercial!

We asked several people to speculate as they sat in suspense and almost everyone chose Christina Aguilera. His friends and biggest fans know him best—he picked Christina!

McBride’s gotten past the blind audition and although he can't disclose too many details, it's safe to say he's headed back to Hollywood!

"Not allowed to say but I’ve got a long road ahead of me and a lot of things in front of me and I look forward to my career," said McBride.

Geoff McBride will be playing this weekend at the First Note Music Hall in Blue Mountain Beach. If you're interested in going to one of the intimate shows, reservations are required.


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