Is Fruitport man 'The Voice'?

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Fruitport native Sam Cerniglia participated in a blind audition for NBC’s reality singing talent show “The Voice.” On Friday, Cerniglia confirmed on his Facebook page that his audition will air Tuesday, Oct. 1.

On the show, musicians Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green choose participants based solely on their voices. If they approve, the contestant has the opportunity to join their team.

Throughout the show, contestants compete in battle rounds, knockouts and live performances. The show airs at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays locally on WOOD-TV.

Cerniglia said he couldn’t comment on his big moment until after his audition is broadcast.

The 2006 Fruitport High School graduate studied vocal performance at Central Michigan University before transferring to Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied contemporary, urban and popular music.

Throughout his years in Fruitport schools, Cerniglia participated in choir, musicals and community events, and studied privately. His Facebook biography describes him as a “soulful crooner” who has studied opera, jazz, blues, pop, indie, R&B and soul music. He lists his influences as Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Marc Broussard, Lou Rawls and Andy Grammer.

“I’ve taken everything I learned in school and on stage, wrapped it up, and tucked it deep into my heart filter,” the biography reads.

His sister, Sophia Cerniglia, said it’s been nerve-wracking waiting for the audition to air because it’s exciting for her older brother to try something new with his music.

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