A hearty congrats to Indianapolis' own Josh Kaufman, who took home top honors last night in NBC's televised singing competition The Voice. I've stayed pretty quiet on this one (I have to admit, I'm usually out at a live show when this show is airing), but I encourage you to check out Dave Lindquist's excellent coverage of Josh's journey.
Kaufman was one of NUVO's 30 under 30 in 2003. Here's what we wrote of him then:
Josh Kaufman, (27) Jazz Singer
There may be a shortage of male vocalists on the Jazz scene, but one of its new bright lights is Josh Kaufman. Kaufman, who hails from Lake Wales, Florida, has been attending IUPUI and graduated this year with a degree in Philosophy. It is startling to hear Kaufman sing because he is such a late comer to jazz. He said that it was hearing Harry Connick Jr. in 1998 that made him want to sing jazz. Kaufman began to hang out at the Chatterbox on Wednesdays where Dick Dickinson let him sit in with his group. After that, he discovered the recordings and voice of vocalist/trumpeter, the late Chet Baker. Baker's voice set the tone as Kaufman's major influence. Like Baker, Kaufman's style is cool, laid-back and - he admits - romantic. To hear Kaufman sing with such poise, feeling and sophistication beyond his years is startling.
After losing the chance at another Super Bowl in the near future and fumbling to the Heat in the last five minutes of Game 2, Indy needed a win last night. And this one is a big one - Kaufman will be the recipient of a massive recording contract and participate in a Voice tour, amongst other various honors. Oh, and if you're a Kaufman fan, don't forget that he's currently on our Best of Indy ballot in the Best Vocalist category. You can vote here.