St. Paul native Nick Mrozinski, who performs locally as soul singer-songwriter “The Feelin’,” will compete on prime-time NBC talent show The Voice this season and receive training from one of the show’s four celebrity coaches, Cee Lo Green.
Mrozinski appeared on the show Monday night as part of the fourth round of blind auditions, and performed the Ben E. King tune “Stand By Me.” Before he had even gotten to the second verse, Green spun his chair around and indicated that he was choosing Mrozinksi to perform on his team, while the other judges nodded their heads and grooved to the tune from their backward-turned seats.
“You’re awesome, dude,” Adam Levine gushed, while Christina Aguilera noted similarities between Mrozinski — who competed using his easier-to-pronouce first and middle name, Nicholas David — and Aaron Neville. Meanwhile, Mrozinski’s family burst into happy tears from backstage.
Mrozinski is an active performer here in the Twin Cities and throughout the region; just last night he performed with his band at the Nomad Pub in Minneapolis, and over the years he has grown significant fanbases in college towns like Winona and La Crosse. Current listeners may recognize his distinctive voice from the Minnesota Beatle Project compilations, on which he’s covered “Across the Universe” and collaborated with Charlie Parr for a rendition of “Rocky Raccoon.”
He will compete along with 15 others on Cee Lo Green’s team on The Voice. Here’s an interview that was conducted shortly after he finished his audition: