Jamar Rogers Claims ‘It’s My Life’ in Emotional Performance on ‘The Voice’
In an emotional performance, ‘The Voice‘ hopeful Jamar Rogers brought every pent up feeling to the stage with his own original version of Bon Jovi‘s ‘It’s My Life.’ The 30-year-old New Yorker who has seen his second chance on the singing show after battling drug abuse, HIV and a storied past was tearful as he told his coach Cee Lo Green about how one of his songs actually saved his life.
Hearing how his music had so deeply affected the life of one young talent — who never though he’d make it to 30 — Green was deeply moved, saying, “It’s very gratifying … it feels very purposed.”
Taking the stage in acid wash jeans a T-shirt and a black leather jacket, Rogers put a rough edge on the classic song, belting out the chorus and truly claiming every lyric as his own. With a backdrop of flames (the judges are loving the pyrotechnics this season) and background dancers, Rogers not only seemed to surprise himself, but he amped up the audience and got each judge to sing his praises.
“Jamar, you’re so amazing man!” Adam Levine cut in. “It’s funny because – I’m not sure you guys even know this – but you were the first person we heard in the blinds.” Pointing out that Cee Lo was the only to turn around for Rogers, Levine added, “You are exactly where you need to be man.”
“I agree,” Blake Shelton chimed in. “And also I don’t know that there’s ever been a better pairing of a song with a person. Great job. Y’all are doing really good and it irritates me.”
Even Xtina left her usual cold shoulder by the wayside to say, “I love that you made that song your own, and you truly sang that like it was your life on the line, and that’s what I loved about it.” She went on to tell the now tearful Rogers that he’s one of her favorites in the whole competition (aside from her own team, of course).
But the tears really started flowing down Rogers’ face when his idol, Green, took a moment of silence to just let the audience communicate their “love” to the singer. “J-Bird,” he said, “I want to pause for a moment. Listen to the love. That’s your love. Your love has very very little to do with me. J, you are such a strong, such a sweet spirit … I love you sir. You’re such a survivor.”
Watch Jamar Rogers Perform ‘It’s My Life’ on ‘The Voice’