Hawaii singer Joseph Soul’s journey toward winning season 19 of the NBC reality singing contest, “The Voice,” ended Tuesday when the 34-year-old Maui-born Makakilo resident did not make the cut as one of the nine survivors of the live Top 17 Performances competition on Monday.
Soul, a member of Team Gwen, coached by Gwen Stefani, had made his bid for a win with a fresh and imaginative arrangement of “How Deep Is Your Love” that successfully reframed the Bee Gees’ 1977 pop hit as a contemporary urban ballad.
“Amazing job @josephsoulmusic!! Loved every second of your performance gx,” Stefani tweeted Monday after Soul’s performance.
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) December 1, 2020
Imaginative arrangement notwithstanding, contestants from more populous states prevailed.
Soul represented Hawaii and Hawaiian values throughout his time as a contestant with gracious posts on social media.
“Thank you all for your love and support,” he wrote Monday night on Facebook. “It’s been an incredible journey on @nbcthevoice and I hope mine doesn’t end here but even if it does, the opportunity to hopefully bring joy and peace to those who may need it has been such a blessing to me. Couple that with the chance to show my home and culture to the rest of the world and really I’ve already won.”
In an Instagram Story posted Monday, Soul acknowledged Grammy Award-winners PJ Morton and Yebba as the originators of the version of “How Deep Is Your Love” that he’d used on the show: “You guys can find their version on Spotify or YouTube. It’s amazing. I think that PJ is incredible and Yebba is incredibly underrated.”
The live Top 9 performances will air at 7 p.m. Monday on NBC.