Following his stint on “The Voice” (Season 3), Avery Wilson is making waves on his own! The 20-year-old is finding success as an RCA-signee with the new single, “ Change My Mind,” featuring Migos, which follows his first single, “If I Have To.” Not only can he sing, but he’s also fluent on the guitar, piano, and keyboard.
Avery participated in a quick Q&A with Singersroom, telling us a bit about his upbringing and his road to the music big leagues.
Peep it below.
When did you know you wanted to become a singer?
When I was younger, I wasn’t focused on singing. I was more into sports and dancing, really just being a kid. My dad heard me singing in the back of the car one day and said, “you’re gonna stop all that extra-curricular stuff you’re doing and focus on your singing because you don’t know the gift you have.” That was around 8 or 9 years old.
Who are your inspirations?
My inspirations range from Usher, Chris Brown, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion – they are the reason my sound is the way it is!
What made you audition for “The Voice”?
At 16 years old (junior year in high school), I wanted my voice to be noticed around the world so I thought to myself, what better way to achieve that goal than to maximize on a TV Show?! I had three auditions lined up – “The Voice”, “X Factor” and “American Idol.” It just so happened I auditioned for “The Voice” first and made it.
Was there anyone on “The Voice” that you got really close to or encouraged you the most?
I got close with all of the cast members. We became a family the longer we stayed on the show. As far as coaches, I got to experience interaction with them all; they were real, incredibly amazing people and artists! CeeLo Green and I were the closest because he was my coach. He really cared about the human being in a singer and what made them go to that place that brings out the emotion when you sing. That’s why I chose him as my coach.
What are your future goals?
I want to inspire my generation to go down the paths that haven’t been traveled before! We, “the millennials,” are blessed with so many gifts that we can’t be afraid to use them. My ultimate goal is that I want to change the world/culture musically and have an effect on people like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston did.
Is there anyone you would like to work with in the music field?
There are so many! Beyonce, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Arianna Grande, Sam Smith, to name just a few.
Is there anything from you we can look forward to?
Great music. I have been working hard on my debut album on RCA which should be ready by some point in 2016. And I’m currently touring with Sevyn Streeter, which has been a blast. But you can definitely expect to catch me on more tours throughout the end of this year and in 2016. If you haven’t heard my latest single, check it out – it’s called “Change My Mind” featuring Migos. It gives you an idea of how versatile the new album is going to be.