Click above to watch Fauquier High School graduate Mike Parker’s winning performance Tuesday night on “The Voice.”
Mike Parker, a 2013 Fauquier High School graduate, advanced Tuesday night during the first battle round on “The Voice,” the NBC TV show.
In a dueling duet, Mr. Parker and Natasia Greycloud of Nashville sang John Mayer’s “Gravity.”
But, Mr. Parker’s coach and judge Jennifer Hudson ultimately chose him as the winner in the first round of voice battles.
Last week, Mr. Parker’s rendition of NE-YO’s “So Sick” prompted Ms. Hudson to turn her chair at the last second and choose him during blind auditions.
As a singer, Mr. Parker, 23, released a single, “Raise a Glass,” on Sept. 1, 2018. He has two other originals, “Galaxy” and “Put Me in the Game,” on his Instagram account.
Mr. Parker lives in Prince William County, near Gainesville and currently works in construction.
His mom, DeJuanna, could see her son’s passion for music at a young age.
“He has been singing since he was in elementary school,” Ms. Parker said in a phone interview Wednesday. “He did a talent show at P.B. Smith Elementary . . . He played the piano and wore a white suit and sang a song he learned at church and everyone was taken with it.”
With three older siblings, Mr. Parker grew up in a musical family in Warrenton.
His father, Mike, played the saxophone and his sister, Samone, played the drums. Ms. Parker sang and was active with the Fauquier Community Theatre at Vint Hill.
“I think growing up with music always in the home, that certainly had an impact with Michael,” Ms. Parker said.
The local singer starred on the football field at Kettle Run, scoring five touchdowns and intercepting six passes during his junior season, when the Cougars advanced to the state semifinals. But, he ultimately graduated from Fauquier High.
“I think sports are his talent, but singing is his gift,” Ms. Parker said.
Many people have said his voice reminds them of singer-songwriter John Legend, she added.
Ms. Parker remembers her son performing in many talent shows throughout middle and high school.
“Performance has always been in his DNA,” Ms. Parker said.
Reacting to last night’s results on “The Voice,” Ms. Parker said: “We are in the moment where we are seeing what Michael has been gifted with.
“Seeing him walk in that gift is nothing short of amazing and a blessing to us. This is just the beginning. This show has an expiration date, but his career will continue on. We are seeing it as a place where he gets a wonderful head start,” she added. “We are elated and appreciative of all the encouragement we have gotten through all the media we are connected to.”
Mr. Parker will perform at Harry’s restaurant at Airlie 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.