Interestingly, he chose the same song for his initial audition: "Halo" by Beyonce, despite the fact it didn't get him very far the first time. He felt he was singing it better than ever with another year of experience under his belt. And he was right. He made it through the audition process to the show itself.
At first, Smith said it was a little intimidating going on "The Voice" stage, but he quickly became comfortable in the spotlight.
"It's definitely the highest definition of multi-tasking," he said. "You are thinking of everything. The music, the words, the stage direction, the audience, what you're wearing. And you're standing in front of four superstar coaches. So it could be very easy to get nervous. But I was so happy to be there. It was such a dream come true. It was less about winning and more about enjoying the moments. I was really excited and happy. I understood how fortunate I was to be in that position."
And he said he was in such a bubble on "The Voice," he was able to tune out all the talk about him being the favorite.
"I never saw myself as the front runner," Smith said. "I always felt I was fighting for my life."
But he wasn't blind to download sales. Twice, he bumped Adele's "Hello' off the top of the iTunes sales chart for a spell: "It was so crazy for that to happen. It shows how involved people were getting."
He also embraced the way "The Voice" told his story.
"So many fans were not just encouraged by my music but my story," he said. The producers "were adamant in telling our stories in the best way possible."
Smith said he recorded his album in less than a month, working with top-notch producers such as David Foster. Despite the tight window, he said "it came out in a very organic way." He released his first post-"Voice" single "Stand in the Light" and did a quick promotional tour, performing on "The People's Choice Awards," "The Tavis Smiley Show" and "The Steve Harvey Show."
And now he's on his first serious tour with a band and a one-hour set, mixing covers of songs by the likes of OneRepublic, Sia, Sam Smith and Queen plus a few originals.
Here's what he performed on June 8 in Wilmington, DE:
And he's not worried about his voice giving out.
"I studied music in college for three years," Smith noted. "I have three years of classical vocal training under my belt. I have learned proper technique and ways to take care of my voice and properly maintain good vocal health. I've been singing almost every single day for a long period of time. I have a good team to gauge when it's best for me to shut up and be quiet. For me, that isn't easy. I love to talk and sing. I'm learning to balance it all. I want to be performing for years to come. I don't want to do something as silly as push myself too hard."
8 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016
1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta