New national tour and album in the works for Tigard native.
by: NBC Justin Hopkins performs on The Voice, Monday

It was touted as the 'battle you had to see to believe.'

Monday's episode of the NBC singing competition 'The Voice' saw Tigard native Justin Hopkins eliminated after a battle against teammate and friend Tony Vincent.

In February, the 31-year-old singer/songwriter from Tigard rocked his way to securing one of 12 seats on musical coach Cee Lo Green's team. The reality show has singers from across the country compete for a $100,000 recording contract with the help of celebrity mentors.

Singers must "battle" other singers in duets and the winners move on to the next round of the competition.

On Monday, Hopkins had to face , a singer and former Broadway star, serenading audiences with their rendition of Journey's 'Faithfully.'


For a video of Justin Hopkins' battle, interviews and the judge's comments click here.

Cee Lo Green said that he was impressed and moved by Hopkins' performance, but chose Vincent to move on to the next round of the competition.

Hopkins said he has received thousands of messages from new fans that found him through the show.

'It's incredible,' Hopkins told The Times on Tuesday. 'The response has been, to say the least, remarkably overwhelming.'

It's a dramatic turnaround for a man who had put his musical career on the back burner before reps from "The Voice" asked him to audition.

'You almost have to have a need to perform and when my daughter was first born I didn't have that,' Hopkins said. 'I was discouraged by the music business. There was so much hype around everything.'

Hopkins' Facebook and Twitter pages exploded with new fans during the last few months.

'For me, now my love of music is so real and is such a big part of my life, it's something that I think I can balance with family and a day job and music and be a modern-day Renaissance man.

A national tour is in the works for this summer, Hopkins said, including stops in Portland.

Hopkins has also recently released a new single, 'Love on the Radio' available on iTunes and is working on a new album.

Special meaning to Monday's song

When Hopkins found out he would be singing 'Faithfully' he said he knew he was singing something special.

'My wife's sister is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, and that meant that early on my father-in-law was on the road 95 percent of the time to make money to take care of his girls. He would call and sing 'Faithfully' to her every night on the phone. When they gave us that song my gut just became a rock. It meant so much to them and we knew at that point that it was going to be rad.'

Hopkins invited his father-in-law and sister-in-law to come to the taping of the battle to hear the song.

'It was a no-lose scenario from the beginning," he said. "I got to perform for them and they got to come down and listen to me sing.'

Hopkins' battle partner, Tony Vincent, has become one of Hopkins' best friends on the show, he said, and was shocked when he found they would have to battle each other.

'Real artists push each other and when you're around great people you just live better. Tony is one of those people. He is brilliant, musically. His wife and my wife became fast friends. The bond we have can't be captured by those cameras, not even close. He was the first person I called after the episode aired on Monday. I see us colliding in near future, you can be sure of that.'

Hopkins said he plans on attending as many of the upcoming episodes of 'The Voice' as he can to root on his teammates.

The Voice airs Mondays on NBC.

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