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Newport's Troy Ramey gears up for 'The Voice' battle rounds

Troy Ramey, who went to high school in Newport. stopped by the NBC 10 studio Friday to chat about his experience on "The Voice." (WJAR)

NBC's hit show "The Voice" is back, and this season, Southern New England has two reasons to watch: West Warwick native Johnny Gates and Troy Ramey, who went to high school in Newport.

Ramey stopped by the NBC 10 studios on Friday to chat about his experience on the show.

“When I got on that stage for my blind audition and four chairs turned around, it was just an incredible affirmation of all the hard work that I've been putting in,” said Ramey, who quit his job last year to pursue a career in music.

The Rogers High School graduate chose singer Gwen Stefani to lead him into battle.

“It's just been absolutely the most fun I've had in my entire life,” said Ramey.

Ramey is in good company, as fellow Rhode Islander Johnny Gates is also on Team Gwen.

“Johnny and I have actually become really good friends and he's such an incredible singer and a great guy,” said Ramey. “So we're just kind of all in this together.”

Of course, Ramey still has to fight to stay on the show. On Monday, he'll duke it out with Jozy Bernadette in the Battle Rounds.

Right now, pop legend Celine Dion is helping him prepare.

“I don't know how she has so much energy," Ramey said, recalling practicing with Dion. "She's, like, an absolute ball of fire."

Ramey can't divulge what he'll sing, but promises it'll be worth the wait.

“Keep your eyes peeled because it's going to be good,” he said.

You can catch Ramey’s performance at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC 10.

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