Virginia Beach’s Julian Awari advances on ‘The Voice,’ joins Nick Jonas’ team


VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — We all know Hampton Roads is full of amazing talent. Now, a Virginia Beach man is showing the world even more about what the 757 can do.

Julian Awari, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran who just goes by Awari on the show, wowed viewers and the stars Monday night on “The Voice.”

“I honestly was about to back out 5 minutes before I sent my audition tape, but then I decided to just go for it. I put my shirt on, went to my car, recorded myself singing ‘Amazing Grace’, and sent the tape in. An hour later I received an email saying I got a call back.”

During his blind audition, he sang SWV’s hit song “Weak,” and both Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas turned their chairs around.

He ended up picking Jonas to complete his team.

“You might think you know what coach you want to work with, but things change as your progressing, going to rehearsals and everything. You don’t want to short change any of the coaches on their opportunity to work with you. So I was very neutral and I solely went off of their argument as to why they wanted to work with me.”

“I’m excited to represent Virginia Beach, Virginia. Thank you for your support and make sure to continue to watch the show!”

You can watch Awari’s journey on “The Voice” on Mondays at 8 p.m. on WAVY TV-10.

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