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Former Phoenix chorus performer wows judges on ‘The Voice’

PHOENIX — A man with Arizona ties is gaining national attention for his performance this week on a TV singing competition.

Steve Knill, who went to Apache Junction High School, sang “Up to the Mountain” by Patty Griffin on Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice.”

Pop singer and “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson praised his rendition and chose him to be on her team, meaning she will mentor him for the rest of the show’s season.

“So normally, I’d be like, ‘Take a little out,’ just because it was so much,” Clarkson told the 37-year-old musician.

“But, like, it was so beautiful, it was so telling, like your range is incredible. Your falsetto is sweet.”

Pop star John Legend also commended Knill’s singing.

“I agree with Kelly that, if you dial it back just a little bit, then I think your message will come through a little more strongly,” he said.

“But your raw material that you’re working with is really great.”

Knill performed with the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus from 2012 to 2013, according to his LinkedIn page. He now works in San Francisco.

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