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The Voice (2012) finalist comes to Steamboat Springs

After his role as one of the finalists on the The Voice (2012), Nicholas David has been busy creating, recording and now touring for his newest EP "Make Hope." The soulful singer songwriter will be in Steamboat Springs on Saturday for a unique show at the Chief Theater.

— "Music from the heart, for the heart" is a motto Nicholas David lives by.

Be it his appearance on NBC's talent show, "The Voice," live performances around the world or soul-infused albums, he knows how to strike a chord with audiences.

On Saturday, the Nicholas David Trio will travel to Steamboat Springs for the first time in what is expected to be an intimate show at the Chief Theater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show follows at 8.

"His voice has its own distinct sound," said Ryan Fleming, a local fan who saw the 2012 season of “The Voice,” when David placed third. "He's never trying to sing someone else's version of a song; it's from his heart, and he pours his heart and soul into the music."

The singer songwriter from Saint Paul, Minnesota, worked with CeeLo Green on the show, wowing audiences with his vocal flexibility by adding his own personality on covers ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Corrine Bailey Rae. Prior to his run on the show, he had five critically acclaimed albums which saw national radio airplay, and he was also a major supporter of charity projects and events such as "Make Hope," his most recent EP.

"A lot of this music is basically me processing the past few years and defining my outlook and perspective on life," David said. "We are hoping to make music as a vehicle for change."

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Incorporating multiple genres and influences, David's approach to singing and songwriting has allowed him to go on this "Make Hope Tour," but through it all, he still remembers his experience on “The Voice.”

"One of the things that CeeLo Green told me was 'just stay true to you,' which is hard to do unless you're CeeLo because look at him — who does he sound like?" David said. "No one sounds like him. But ultimately, he taught me to stay true to myself. The only thing that was hard was learning how to define it."

After a while, he learned that his style is inspired by 1940s- to 1970s-era clothing, and his music is soul, also described by a fellow musician as a cross between Mumford and Maxwell. But when he was performing covers on the show, he stepped up to the challenge to make those songs his own by adding a new dimension.

"I try to find a way to make these songs my own by finding something that I can relate to," he said. "It's about finding that timeless message or common thread to make it mine and something that I believe in, because when you do, you can pour yourself into it."

Many who watched David evolve through the course of the show said it's an experience to go to his live performance to watch and listen to him and his trio with their intricate three-part harmonies.

"Hearing his music and seeing him live in person — just the way he handles himself on stage and draws you into his music — is awesome to watch," said Ginny Rangitsch, a Steamboat local who is also a fan of David's music. "His music is so soulful, and it hit me on so many levels and brought me back to those memories, because it's one of those old styles I grew up with. There's not a lot of that left anymore."

Tickets for the show are $12 and can be purchased online at chieftheater.com or at the Shoe Chalet and Boutique, next-door to the Chief.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If You Go…

What: Nicholas David Trio (The Voice Finalist 2012)

When: 8 p.m Saturday, August 1

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $12