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The Voice US | Bicolano Nathan Hermida conquers first battle

Photo via @nathanhermida
BAAO, Camarines Sur—Ten seconds was the all the time it took for 17-year-old Bicolano Nathan Hermida to make the red chair of The Voice's Levin Adam Levine turn during the blind auditions of The Voice US' 8th season.

Impressed by Hermida's "sexy voice," Christina Aguilera also pushed the red button to turn her chair for the Bicolano crooner.

Hermida serenaded the judges with his soulful rendition of "Sure Thing."

Levine praised Hermida's performance, who said,"I want to make you the centerpiece of my team. I think that's how good you are."

The Maroon 5 singer added: "I think you are ridiculous. I think you're gonna be into the finals."

Hermida picked Levine, over Aguilera, to be his vocal coach.

Yesterday, Hermida also hurdled the Battle Round of the reality show, after he defeated Josh Batstone. The two performed "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran.

He advances to the next round of the competition.

Nathan

The official profile on the NBC website describes the vocalist as " a first-generation Filipino-American who grew up singing during his family's karaoke nights. He performs in his school choir and an a cappella group, but Nathan's parents have their hearts set on him going to school for biology. Nathan hopes that with success on The Voice, he will be able to show his parents that the safest option isn't always the right one."

Nathan also shared in his NBC interview how important religion is in his family. He said:  "I always make a sign of the cross before every performance because religion is very strong in my family and in my life."

Apart from his impressive musical skills, Hermida is good in academics. He goes to Boston Latin School, a prestigious "exam-only public high school" in the United States.


Bicolano roots


The Filipino pride hails from Camarines Sur.

His mother Acela Britanico Labao-Hermida is from San Nicolas, Baao. His father Irving Hermida is from Nabua.  

"Nate," as he is called by people close to him, comes from a musically-inclined family.

His mother, along with his Aunt Mayot Abainza, were members of the Bicol Heritage Foundation, a singing group organized by former Cong. Luis R. Villafuerte.

Meanwhile, his Aunt Mafe Santiago was also a part of the University of Nueva Caceres Glee Club.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming Enot. Pirming Bago

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