Coming out of “The Voice,” there isn’t always a great reason for optimism in a career lasting longer than a few months. This is an industry that is all about “what have you done for me lately,” and it is also structured in a way that does not always focus on the artist after the show.
In some ways, the format better explains why shows like “American Idol” and “The X Factor” have been fare more successful in cultivating stars in the long-term: They have actually industry people on their judging panels, and therefore there is a little bit of time to build up some of that connection before the show wraps up. There’s incentive to keep working with these people because you care about them. On “The Voice,” these people are all artists with their own jobs and obligations; while they may support you, it’s more on their free time rather than their job to help you succeed in your own career.
Ironically, Sundance Head was on “Idol” before joining this show, and now, he may be better-positioned to be a star than almost anyone else who’s been on the show.
1. He’s more than just a country singer – The comparison to Chris Stapleton, which Blake Shelton made all the way in the blind auditions, is really apt. He’s got that ability to bend genres and take songs that you wouldn’t think are right for him and turn thing into country crossover hits. He’s got soul, and he understands that country music is about the story rather than just the common tropes.
2. Great musicianship – He’s the sort of guy who would easily put on a great show and sell out crowds — for country music in particular, touring is a key cog in becoming a star.
3. A history around music – His father in Roy Head had a top five hit decades ago, and he’s always been around music in one way or another. Therefore, he’s not someone coming into this without a support system who understands the work that is needed in order to become a star.
4. A lotta love from the show – This is probably the corniest reason why he’ll be successful, but it’s true: If you’re a super-nice guy, people want to support you. We’re not saying that any past winner wasn’t nice, but it’s just so cool to see how much love and support has come out for him over the past day from both the coaches and the other contestants on the show.
The biggest reason, more than any of these, as to why he’ll be successful is merely his talent. The guy’s a great singer, but more than that he’s a songwriter who already understands a good bit of what it means to record music and put out there meaningful stuff as opposed to mass-produced studio flair. He got a chance to celebrate an iTunes #1 hit that he wrote himself. While it’s going to be more challenging from here, it wouldn’t shock us at all if Sundance returns to “The Voice” next year with a top ten country hit.
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