PROVO — Four contestants with Utah ties who appeared on NBC's "The Voice" have come together with Refinement Records to produce a concert series this summer. Ryan Innes, Amy Whitcomb and the group Midas Whale will combine with Provo-based band Fictionist for the tour.
The series will hit Utah on June 14 in Provo at Branbury Garden. Local tryouts have taken place to determine the opening act for the Provo concert. Concerts will also take place in Safford, Ariz., and Rexburg, Idaho.
Although not all performers were born in Utah, many have found their success while in the Beehive State.
Innes and Whitcomb attribute much of their success and confidence to their experience performing with BYU singing groups.
"Vocal Point gave me the first real opportunity to be a soloist. I had always been in the background in the choir or something like that," Innes said. "I really got a chance to find a voice that I didn't know I had."
Along with performing in BYU's group Noteworthy, Whitcomb, a Florida native, expressed gratitude for her experience of performing at different venues in Utah County.
"Singing with Noteworthy in college at BYU was the first real consistent outlet for performance that I had and I think that it helped build me a lot as a musician," Whitcomb said. "The Orem and Provo, Utah, communities have just wrapped their arms around me as a vocalist and a vocal teacher."
Midas Whale consists of Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan Hayes, who came to "The Voice" from BYU-Idaho, where they had originally formed their group. They have already released their first music video, and are in the process of creating an album. The duo's unique sound, although only featured for a few weeks on TV, has already garnered national attention.
Rolling Stone recently published an article on Midas Whale after the release of its music video.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: The day that folk-rockers Midas Whale were knocked out of this season's 'Voice' knockout rounds was the day the music died," Lyndsey Parker wrote.
Sammy Schultz, VP of artist management and owner of Sammy's Cafe, has worked with each artist for many years and decided it was important to join the three contestants together for a concert tour to bring them to their fans after a successful run on the national show.
More information about the tour is available on Refinement Records' Facebook page.