February 21, 2012
By Adrian Gomez
The spotlight was bright and Albuquerque native Tony Vincent rose to the occasion.
The La Cueva alum – and Broadway veteran – sang his heart out with “We Are The Champions” on night four of the blind auditions on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”
His rendition of the Queen classic was enough for judge Cee Lo Green to choose Vincent to join the R&B musician’s team.
Vincent, 38, marks the third New Mexican to be featured on national TV in the past week. In addition to Vincent, 17-year-old Meghan Wiggins has been featured on CW’s “Remodeled” and former University of New Mexico soccer player Andrew Weber on CBS’ “The Amazing Race.”
After Vincent’s performance, Green heckled his fellow judges by saying “are (you) guys’ ears burned up? Could you not hear him? Was it not obvious that this guy has a wonderful voice? I love your voice, great performance.”
Green went on to praise Vincent for having the confidence to take on a song by Freddie Mercury and said Vincent’s voice was progressive.
Vincent most recently starred as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s “American Idiot” in 2009 and recently finished his run on the show.
“Broadway has been a total blessing and my heart lies in the pop/rock worlds,” Vincent said during an on-air interview. “It’s a place that I really want to return. There’s a lot riding on this for me. I have a baby on the way and this is an opportunity for me to continue to do what I love and support my family at the same time.”
He began his career on a national tour of “Rent” before joining the cast on Broadway in 1999.
He was featured as Simon Zealotes in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remake of the film “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 2000 and when the production was revived on Broadway that same year, Vincent earned critical acclaim starring as Judas Iscariot. In 2002, he originated the role of Galileo Figaro in the rock band Queen’s smash hit “We Will Rock You” in London’s West End.
“I chose ‘The Voice’ as the platform in my next step because the show has a amazing amount of integrity in my opinion,” he said. “It’s really vocally driven, and I thought that was very important for me as an artist.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal