RI man set to make debut on NBC’s ‘The Voice’
Another Rhode Island man is competing on NBC's “The Voice.”
Johnny Gates, who hails from West Warwick but has been pursuing a music career in Los Angeles, is getting the opportunity of a lifetime.
Contractually, he can't speak to the media until his audition airs, so NBC 10 News caught up with his mom and dad to find out what he's all about.
They said their son’s voice has caught the attention of big acts before.
"He opened up for Rod Stewart a couple of years ago,” said John Gates, Johnny’s father.
Now, he's hoping to turn heads the latest season of “The Voice.”
His family saw his blind audition.
“What's going through your mind is everything from day one -- Hendricken, the band, traveling. Everything goes through quick,” said John Gates, Johnny’s father.
In 2003, Gates graduated from Bishop Henricken in Warwick.
"Nice catholic boy right there,” said John.
During the next five years, his band played around Rhode Island.
By 2008, Gates and his band members moved to Nashville.
"He did really well out there,” John said. “He had Taylor Swift's producer.”
The band signed with a music label, but projects fell through.
In 2015, Gates made the move to Los Angeles.
Now, the band's taking a break while Gates competes on the show.
"Everyone is so, so, talented and then to see my son up there with his talent -- it makes you proud,” Maryanne Gates, Johnny’s mother, said.
Gates' family says Johnny's grandfather was instrumental in developing his passion for music.
"Johnny’s grandfather, god rest his soul, would be sitting right here. He'd be playing the piano. Johnny would be sitting on the side of him,” John said.
Beverly Giorgio, Johnny’s grandmother, praised her grandson.
"He's a great kid, we have a good time together, huh?” she said, “He eats a lot when he's home. I have to cook a lot."
There is no doubt the Gates family is serving up plenty of support.
Gates still isn't sure when his audition will air, but NBC 10 will follow his journey all season long.