Season 16 of The Voice came to a close on Tuesday night (May 21), with Maelyn Jarmon winning the competition and earning new coach John Legend his first victory.
“I was so excited to see John running up to the stage, how excited he was,” the 25-year-old songstress told Billboard of the moment she won. “It was such a magical moment.”
As for working with the EGOT member closely over the course of the competition, Jarmon said that Legend pushed her out of her comfort zone and truly believed in her to deliver. His biggest piece of advice? “To trust my instinct as an artist and as a singer,” she explained. “Having him validate my choices and say what I was doing was interesting – – he would say that working with me was like a collaboration, and that was fantastic. You strive for that and to have him say that is amazing.”
She took the stage with Legend during the finale, as well as with Sarah McLachlan to perform her well-known ballad, “Angel.” In the future, Jarmon said she would dream to collaborate with John Mayer, Sara Bareilles or Chris Martin, all of whom she respects for their incredible storytelling abilities through music, a quality that can only be noticed by a true songwriter herself.
With that said, Jarmon is no beginner in music. Her Instagram page is loaded with electric performances and onstage photos throughout New York City despite being deaf in her right ear and with only 80 percent hearing in the left ear. The honeyed-voice songstress unsurprisingly garnered a four-chair turn during her audition and blew the crowd away with her first original tune performed on the show, “Wait for You.”
A seasoned songwriter herself, Jarmon was still open to collaborating with other songwriters for the powerful pop tune. “I thought it was a great time to utilize [working with other songwriters] and try something new,” Jarmon explained. “I was given a choice of five songs, and two of them were actually written by an amazing singer-songwriter, Hayley Warner. She is such a cool chick.”
“I tend to write mid-tempo grooves but the lyrics have emotion behind them and they’re very singer-songwriter lyrics,” she continued. “The songs still mean a lot. They can be catchy and they can be fun, but it has a real foundation. I recognized that in this song, and it was fun because it was something different than what I have done on the show, a little more up. It was just a wonderful experience and I love that there were interesting choices in the song as far as the melody and I really connected so well with it.”
“Wait for You” seems to be a taste of what’s to come in the future for Jarmon, who hopes her new music moving forward will be catchy enough for people to groove to, but everything will have a meaning. “That’s just the artist that I am. I only write about real human experiences and my experience.”
Watch the moment Jarmon won The Voice below.