Williamstown singer-songwriter Dawson Coyle, a contestant on The Voice season 12, plays an original song at Calvary Chapel Church in Vineland, March 21, 2017. Carly Q. Romalino
Williamstown's Dawson Coyle was knocked out of the competition Tuesday. But the show biz lessons will linger, he told the Courier-Post.
MONROE - Dawson Coyle walked on sunshine in the battle rounds of "The Voice" and shared struggles Tuesday in the NBC talent competition's knockout round.
But the 18-year-old Williamstown singer-songwriter won't move on to the show's live rounds.
Coyle, singing "Demons" by Imagine Dragons, lost the knockout round to Anatalia Villaranda, who performed Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs."
He told the judges — particularly his second coach, Alicia Keys, who stole him from Blake Shelton in the battle rounds — he's watched the show since its first season in 2011, dreaming "one day I'll be on that stage."
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Coyle also discussed his Tourette's syndrome diagnosis and a devastating fire at his family's house last year.
In his weeks filming the show, holed up in a Los Angeles hotel during tapings and coached by two of the show's four judges, he learned a few things about show business.
Coyle shared his top four lessons with the Courier-Post:
"Don't put yourself in a box as a vocalist," he said.
"Push the outer limits even when you think you can't."
"Sing every word with emotion and passion," Coyle said.
"Connect with the song on a personal level."
"The music industry is a lot of fun, but a lot of work," the teen explained.
"I've discovered through this process I want it even more."
Grow, but don't change
"I learned not to change who I am and to stay true to myself as an artist, sharing my gift knowing that I will connect with who needs to hear it at the given time," Coyle said.
Williamstown resident Dawson Coyle was recently named to Team Blake in The Voice national singing competition. Video produced by Justin Odendhal