“The Voice” Chooses Collin McLoughlin, and Collin Chooses Adam Levine
As a son or daughter, if you want to see your parents break out in cold sweats, tell them you want to drop out of school to pursue your dreams of conquering the world with your mellifluous voice. Local Bedford-native Collin McLoughlin did just that, as he left his studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music to pursue his dreams.
While most parents think their child is a gifted prodigy in everything and anything, 24-year-old Collin, got the validation he needed from celebrity judges on the reality singing competition, “The Voice.” Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera swiveled their chairs so only their backs were facing Collin at the start of his audition, which is routine in the blind audition phase.
Once Collin burst into his rendition of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World,” three of the judges showed their approval by rotating their chairs so that their eyes came face to face with Collin’s. The only judge that was impenetrable was Christa Aguilera’s unwavering chair. The remaining judges, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine, greeted Collin’s performance with high praise and vied for his allegiance to their respective teams.
“You’re one of the purest singers I’ve heard, one of the best tones in terms of pitch. I think you should probably be on my team.” Extolled Adam Levine, who aside from being a judge is the front man to alternative rockers, Maroon 5.
Cee Lo Green also chimed in, “I really, really dig you. I got you immediately. I would love for you to be on my team.”
In the end, Collin sided with “Team Adam.”
Before Collin McLoughlin became uprooted into the world of reality show stardom, he rose through the ranks of local Bedford schools. First attending Rippowam Cisqua School for middle school up until he attended Wooster School in Danbury, CT, for his remaining high school years. Collin then hung around the Northeastern region, attending Colgate University, for his bachelors. After taking a more parent-pleasing approach to the music industry by starting Colgate’s first record label entitled Broad Street Records, Collin wanted a more hands-on role, which culminated in a positive response on “The Voice.”
More often than not, a parent’s disapproval of their child chasing far-fetched dreams is commonly accepted as the autonomic reflexive response for all things irrational or unpractical. Occasionally, as in Nancy McLoughlin’s case, Collin’s mother, you get a kid talented enough to beat the odds.
Collin will move onto the next round of “The Voice” where he will sing a duet with another fellow contestant. Now, all Nancy McLoughlin has to worry about is making sure Collin never forgets his Bedford roots.