Smith takes third place in NBC’s “American Song Contest”


Lee University alumnus Jordan Smith finished third in NBC’s “American Song Contest” live music competition with his original song “Sparrow.” The winners were announced following Monday’s grand finale, featuring the top 10 performers.

Based on the worldwide phenomenon “Eurovision Song Contest”, the “American Song Contest” is an 8-week live entertainment event where 56 artists, representing their state, territory or district, competed to win the American vote for the best hit song.

AleXa, representing Oklahoma, came in first, while Colorado’s Riker Lynch took second place. Although Mr. Smith placed third, he received more points from the judges than AleXa and Lynch, who each received more votes from the public.

Mr. Smith, representing the state of Kentucky, is a singer-songwriter best known for winning Season 9 of NBC’s hit television series ‘The Voice’, a title he won while he was a student at Lee. He holds the record for the best-selling artist in “The Voice” history and is the first artist to replace himself at No. 1 on the Christian Billboard chart.

While at Lee, Mr. Smith studied music business and was a member of Lee Singers and the LeeU Tech Crew.

Mr. Smith currently resides in Corbin, Ky., with his wife Kristen.

To see Mr. Smith’s grand finale performance of ‘Sparrow’, visit american-song-concours/642437678.

For more information on NBC’s American Song Contest, visit


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