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Los Angeles artist and 'The Voice' finalist Cam Anthony: "Music was therapy for me"

Heather Newgen

Fans of The Voice know Cam Anthony as the undeniable talented singer on Team Blake who shines on stage this season of The Voice. But before the 19-year-old made it to the Emmy-award winning show, he was already on a path to stardom.

In his early teens Anthony opened for Patti LaBelle on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," in LA, performed at the White House for the for the annual Easter Egg Roll and at 12 he was signed by Dr. Dre. and spent years performing and recording until his contract ended.

Now the gifted artist is in the finals on The Voice season 20 with Blake Shelton as his coach who recently took heat for saying Anthony will be the show's first superstar.

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THE VOICE -- "Live Finale Performances" Episode 2014A -- Pictured: Cam AnthonyTrae Patton/NBC

"I definitely take note of it, but it's not pressure--it's validation and more fuel to keep on pushing. I take it with a grain of salt and try to stay humble," Anthony said about his coach's prediction after The Voice night one finale.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the singer turned to music as an escape.

"Music was therapy for me. Living the life I was living at the time, it was necessary to get away from a lot of the violence and things we were facing in our community. Now it's another way to speak to people and relate," he told News Break.

A lifechanging moment happened for the young artist when he posted a YouTube video of himself belting out Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" that went viral.

Opportunities came his way and he moved to Los Angeles in 2019 to continue the pursuit of his musical career.

He quickly became a fan favorite and frontrunner on The Voice with powerful performances like Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" and Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down," which he sang in the blind audtions that earned him a three chair turn.

Nick Jonas, John Legend and Shelton all pushed thier red button for the singer, but Jonas blocked Legend, which ultimately didn't help him much since Anthony chose the country singer as his coach after the seven time The Voice champion said he wouldn't have anyone else on his team that sounded like the contestant.

It was an unlikey pairing that worked. Anthony made it to the Top 5 Finalists along with Team Legend's Victor Solomon, 22 , Team Nick's Rachel Mac, 16, Team Kelly's Kenzie Wheeler, 22 and Team Blake's Jordan Matthew Young.

For the finale, each contestant performed two songs and for Anthony's first song of the night, he delivered an inspirational cover of Cynthia Erivo's "Stand Up," the theme from Harriet.

The performance was so emotional it moved Shelton to say, "On my 20th season, God put this young man in my life on The Voice that may change everything for this show," the country star praised. "I want people out there to know that the only thing bigger than Cam's talent is his heart and his mind."

"Cam you are just so ready for this stage, you're ready for any stage you want to be on," John Legend chimed in. "It's just incredible, watching you up here."

For his second song choice, the Los Angeles resident surprised everyone with a dynamic version of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," which made his coach declare if he didn't win, "I'm gonna burn the building down!"

"There are people who are born with talent, and then there are people who are born with whatever you were born with," Shelton raved. "We all know what it is that we're witnessing here, congratulations, Cam. You're a star, man."

Will you vote for Cam?

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Heather Newgen has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 2004 and covers a variety of topics including travel, lifestyle, all things Hollywood related, fun things to do in and around LA and human interest stories. In addition, she travels the world volunteering and launched The Voluntourist in 2017 to inspire others to give back responsibly. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog Murphy, but you'll often find them in Joshua Tree on weekends. Follow her @iamthevoluntourist

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