The Voice top four finalist Jeffery Austin stood out on Season 9 for his plaintive balladry, but his new single, “Bulletproof,” is unexpectedly effervescent. The synth-driven track, mixed by Peter Mokran (Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Prince, Flaming Lips) and co-written/produced by Sayers Club music director Nick Rosen (Bruno Mars, Macy Gray, Feist), still addresses Austin’s go-to topics of heartbreak and loss — but its uptempo chorus gives off an ‘80s vibe a la Bleachers or Carly Rae Jepsen, and the song showcases entirely new facets of the crooner’s vocals.
Top four finalist Jeffery Austin knows he’s the dark horse of The Voice Season 9. He was a one-chair turn in the Blind Auditions, his Battle Round was montaged, and he only made it to the finale via the Twitter Save. Sitting at the legendary Henson Studios on break from this week’s iTunes session, he still can’t seem to believe his luck, having just fulfilled a dream of recording a duet with coach Gwen Stefani … which Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks can exclusively reveal will be Stevie Nicks and Don Henley’s “Leather and Lace.”