URI grad delivers knockout performance on NBC's 'The Voice'

University of Rhode Island graduate, Steve Memmolo, is the latest singer with a southern New England connection to appear on NBC’s “The Voice.” (NBC)

University of Rhode Island graduate, Steve Memmolo, is the latest singer with a southern New England connection to appear on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Memmolo, 35, who graduated from URI in 2006 and grew up in Milton, extended his run on the show Monday night when he beat challenger Silvernell in the “Knockout Rounds.”

While Silvernell sang “Praying” by Kesha, Memmolo performed Allan Stone’s, “Unaware.”

“Allan sings really high, so that’s going to the challenge,” Memmolo said ahead of his performance during rehearsal with his coach, pop star Adam Levine. “Adam has definitely helped me believe in myself as a singer. If I continue on the ‘Live Playoffs,’ I’m one step closer to my dream. If I was a little kid, my dad would say, ‘Get out there, munchkin. Show them what you’re made of.’”

Levine said he did just that and praised the singer.

“This was a really tough decision but Steve really listened to me and paid attention to the notes to really push it over the top,” Levine said.

Other coaches, including Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson, shared similar sentiments.

“Overall, vocally, I feel like Steve had the edge,” Shelton said, while Hudson added, “It was really intriguing watching you,” she said.

Now, Memmolo will be moving on to the next round.

“The fact that Adam believes in me feels amazing,” he said. “I’m over the moon I’m going to the Live Playoffs. Thank you, Mr. Adam Levine!”

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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