Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Singer Moves Past 'The Voice,' Reunites with Former Band

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Singer Moves Past 'The Voice,' Reunites with Former Band

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His time on "The Voice" may have been short-lived, but St. Louis singer James Irwin is still going, reuniting with his old band the Upright Animals.

Irwin was seen last month in the first blind auditions episode of the current season of "The Voice."

He was given his own segment, which included a tragic backstory. Viewers will remember Irwin talking about his twin daughters, who died minutes after being born. His tearjerker tale was capped with a happy ending: His wife gave birth to their son, Aiden, who is now a year old.

It was an unforgettable "The Voice" story.

Irwin didn't hesitate when it came to sharing his sad story with "The Voice" producers first, then the viewers.

"They ('Voice' producers) asked me what have I been through that was a challenge for me in my life what is my inspiration and it came out," says Irwin, who filmed "The Voice" in 2012.

"To date, that has been the thing to shape my character more than anything going through that and coming out of it," he says. "You can come out of a horrible tragedy and come out on top."

Irwin adds: "I knew I wasn't the first person this happened to or the last. But if telling people on national TV, 'Hey, you'll be OK,' and that helps one person, it's more than worth it."

On "The Voice," Irwin performed the Script's "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," though none of the judges spun their chairs around for him.

"I think it was OK," Irwin says, looking back at his performance. "But I didn't feel like I could showcase my voice like I wanted to."

Irwin decided to go out for the show at the suggestion of a music industry friend and sailed through.

"It happened fast I didn't have a lot of time to prepare," says Irwin, who added that he's not big on doing cover songs.

During his time on the show, Irwin became friends with Caroline Glaser, another St. Louis area contestant on "The Voice" who is on judge Adam Levine's team. (Levine stole her from her first judge Blake Shelton this week.)

"She's got a great voice, and she's extremely talented, Irwin says. "I don't think the show has showcased even a percentage of her ability."

The singers share an entertainment lawyer, and Glaser's guitar teacher is Ben Peters, Irwin's stepbrother. …

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