Four with ties to Belmont vie for ‘Voice’ title

Four students and alumni with Belmont ties are competing on the hit reality television show “The Voice.”

Hailey Steele, of The LiNE, Nicolle Galyon, Katrina Parker and Tony Vincent all won slots on the NBC show in both the blind auditions and the subsequent battle rounds.

Greg Pillon, Belmont’s director of communications, is not shocked that Belmont is making such an impressive showing on “The Voice.”

“It’s no surprise that the Belmont connection has been consistent over the years on music competition shows like ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol.’ These opportunities provide amazing national exposure,” Pillon said.

This national exposure has come from current and former students with a variety of backgrounds. Steele, a senior, is a public relations major; Galyon graduated with a degree in music business in 2006; Parker graduated with a degree in commercial music in 2000; and Vincent majored in music business from 1991-1997, Belmont spokesperson April Hefner said.

Of the four, Parker and Vincent won their respective battle rounds and will advance to competition’s live shows. The winner receives a recording contract and national exposure.

“I feel incredibly humbled,” Vincent said. “And at the same time, really good. It’s a really exciting opportunity.”

Despite leaving campus 15 years ago, Vincent not only remembers his time on campus, but also feels Belmont was “a vital part of the puzzle for me as an artist.”

His sense of gratitude is common among these alumni, including those who did not advance to the live shows.

Although Steele did not win her battle round this season, she believes the relationships she developed on the program will be far more important to her future.

“I had the time of my life, and met some amazing artists who will be part of my musical journey for the rest of my life,” Steele said.

The competition started its second season in February 2012, and the live episodes will continue until a winner is crowned in May.

“The Voice” airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.

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