Michigan's Joshua Davis falls short on 'Voice' finale

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Michigan's Joshua Davis came up short on Tuesday night's finale of "The Voice."

The Traverse City singer came in third place during the season closer, behind winner Sawyer Fredericks and runner-up Meghan Linsey. Koryn Hawthorne came in fourth place.

Davis, a Michigan State University graduate who gained a loyal following as the front man of the Lansing-based roots rock band Steppin' In It, smiled and hugged Fredericks when host Carson Daly read the results at the end of the two-hour show. His wife and two children cheered him on from the audience.

Davis was coached on the show by Adam Levine, who had kind words for his student. "Joshua's got kind of an unwavering dedication to the artist that he wants to be," Levine said early in the show. "He wants to do what he wants to do, and he's always been very clear about that with me. And I think his overall sincerity in his approach is what people have really loved about him; it's what I love about him. And I love the dude."

Davis performed three times on Tuesday's episode. He opened the show with his fellow finalists singing a medley of songs by pop-rock group fun., was later joined by several of the Top 20 semifinalists during a rendition of the Black Crowes' "She Talks to Angels" and also performed a duet with Sheryl Crow of her song "Give it to Me."

On Monday's show, Davis debuted his original single "The Workingman's Hymn," and also took on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" (alongside Levine).

Tuesday's jam-packed finale featured performances by Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryan, John Fogerty, Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5 and more. The four "Voice" judges — Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams — performed B.B. King's "The Thrill is Gone" near the close of the show in tribute to the legendary guitarist who died last week at age 89.

Fredericks, the 16-year-old from Fultonville, New York, was a member of Pharrell's team. The home-schooled high school student lists Ray LaMontagne as his favorite artist, and performed Neil Young's "Old Man" during Monday's part-one finale.

"The Voice" announced on Tuesday that auditions for its next season will be June 13-14 at Cobo Center. Registration is open now on "The Voice's" website, nbcthevoice.com.