Many singers dream their entire lives of performing onstage with their name up in lights.
So the recent appearance of former Wheaton resident Michael Lynch on the TV show “The Voice” is especially impressive, seeing as he didn’t step onto a stage until high school.
“He’s been singing his whole life. He never stops singing at home. It’s a little annoying,” his sister, Megan, said. “But he would not sing in public until senior year of high school.”
Although he was a three sport athlete at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, he never got involved in music until a teacher convinced him to try out for a musical.
While he said music had always been a part of who he was, Michael didn’t consider it as a profession. In college, he majored in communications and Spanish and minored in music.
“When I was little, I knew I would do something with music, but I never looked at it as a career,” he said. “It wasn’t until college that I decided I could pursue this 100 percent.”
After graduation, Michael threw himself into music and Spanish, moving to Mexico City and Miami to learn more about the language and Latin music – a big change for a suburban boy from an Irish family.
“I wanted to perfect everything – perfect my Spanish, perfect myself as a singer,” he said. “It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
MIchael said he and his family were longtime fans of the show, and that ever since he started his music career, he wanted to try out. He even auditioned for the previous season at McCormick Place in Chicago, but was cut in the second round of auditions.
“The lady [who I auditioned for] said ‘Keep practicing’ as I left the room,” he said. “It was almost like saying you’re not good enough in a nice way. I took it as a way for me to use that for inspiration and come back later.”
A few months after that, he not only made the show, but also provided one of the more memorable moments in “The Voice” history during his blind audition.
During that round of auditions, coaches are facing away from the stage as the performer begins to sing, only turning around if they are interested and able to add them to their team. Not only did Michael convince all three remaining judges to turn around, but his eventual coach Christina Aguilera came onstage to sing and dance with him during his rendition of “Bailamos” by Ricky Martin.
His sister and parents were present during the blind audition and said they were nervous, excited and stunned all at once.
“We were in this little room off to the side, and not caught up in the excitement of being out in the arena, watching on a monitor,” said Michael’s father, Mike, who is a teacher at St. Francis. “We had never seen him on a big stage, and to see it in front of tens of millions of people was amazing.”
While Michael was eliminated during last week’s battle round episode, he said that his experience and success on the show validated his decision to pursue music as a career.
“Out of the 40,000-some people that tried out, I made it to the final 48. It’s a cool accomplishment,” he said. “Put with the best singers, I can hold my own. And as a singer, that’s a good experience for somebody to have. It let me know I’m on the right path.”
About Michael Lynch
To follow Lynch’s journey as a musician: • Visit his website at www.michaellynchmusic.com • Subscribe to his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/gringosings • Follow him on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/MichaelLynchML and twitter.com/MichaelLynchML
See Lynch perform live
Lynch will perform at the Wheaton’s Got Talent event to benefit the Wheaton Grand Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.