The Voice's Josh Logan Talks Supernova, Stevie Wonder and Criticism Over His 'Crazy' Cover
As a veteran of 2006′s Rock Star: Supernova, Josh Logan knows better than any of his current Voice counterparts what national TV exposure can do for the career prospects of a working musician — and how important it is to capitalize on said momentum.
“After Rock Star, I was definitely doing more high profile gigs. I was playing in Iceland. I was playing in Canada. And I was making a hell of a lot more money than before,” Logan recalls. “The problem was, I really didn’t move as quickly as I should have. I dropped the ball.”
Logan says he won’t make that mistake now that he’s coming off an 11th-place finish on Season 5 of NBC’s ratings juggernaut. “I’m going to maximize this experience [of being on The Voice],” he insists. “Now that I’m home, I want to hit the studio and work on a single or a three-song EP. And then I want to be on the road. I want to be living out of a suitcase in a different city every day.”
TVLine caught up with Logan to talk about his favorite Voice performance, his affinity for Stevie Wonder tunes and his reasons for rejecting the coaches’ criticism of his cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”
TVLINE | You’d already made a name for yourself on Rock Star: Supernova. Did that take some of the pressure off for your Blind Audition [to Alex Clare's "Too Close"]?
I initially auditioned [for producers] in New York City, and I played “Too Close,” a James Morrison song and “Man in the Mirror.” So when I got to the Blinds, it was a toss up between a few songs, and I ended up with “Too Close” because I really am a big fan of Alex Clare and I figured the song was fresh in people’s heads from that Internet Explorer commercial. Plus, there were some things I was going through that made me connect with those words. I’ll tell you what, though: I had some nerves sitting there waiting for my turn to go on. Staring at the backs of those chairs was pretty significant. All I could do was imagine it was like a bar gig where [people] are not paying attention to me as usual. [Laughs] They just go out to drink and you’re trying to get their attention with your music. You just want to spin their heads, and that’s what I was trying to do in the Blinds — spin the coaches’ heads. And I spun three of them.
TVLINE | In the Battle Rounds against Michael Lynch, you guys had to tackle Maroon 5′s “Harder to Breathe” — in front of Adam Levine. Was that intimidating?
Well, me and Mike became buddies, too, so that made it even more difficult. It really wasn’t intimidating to sing it to Adam, though. I just wanted to sing the hell out of the song and have him be proud of it. And I think he was flattered by that performance. That was one of my favorites, looking back.
TVLINE | The coaches usually pair like-vs-like in the Battles and Knockouts, but for the latter round, [your coach] Christina [Aguilera] put you against 17-year-old R&B singer Amber Nicole. Were the two of you wondering, “Wait! How did this happen?”
I couldn’t believe that pairing at all! [Laughs] Plus, they had us go first, and I hadn’t even had time to warm up my voice, to do the typical regimen I do to be prepared to sing — especially sing a Stevie Wonder tune that’s up there for me range-wise. And Amber is such a powerhouse. She’s 17 years old and she can just belt. I was like, “I’m going home. That’s it for me.” [Laughs] And she really kicked ass on the stage that day. I was really worried that was going to be my last performance, but I guess Christina saw it a different way. She really believed in my voice and what I was doing. But it was a good knockout and interesting to watch back.