The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2012, No. 2: Juliet Simms nearly wins 'The Voice'
(It’s the end of the year, and just as we did in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Soundcheck is counting down the year’s top local music stories as determined by your humble Soundcheck editor. We’ll be counting down two each day through New Year’s Eve.)
Sure, Tampa bands Tallhart, Merchandise, Zulu Wave and The Applebutter Express all found some measure of national success in 2012. But they did it the old-fashioned way. If you really want to rocket to the top in today's media landscape, you need to win a reality show.
Local singers have come close before, notably American Idol alums Jessica Sierra and Michael Lynche. This year, local singers Shannon Magrane, Jeremy Rosado, Nathalie Hernandez and the Distinguished Men of Brass did well on shows like Idol, The Voice and America's Got Talent.
But no one has repped the Tampa Bay music scene quite like Juliet Simms on The Voice.
Before she wowed the judges with a show-stopping performance immediately following this year's Super Bowl, Simms was a proud alum of the Tampa Bay music scene, having fronted Warped Tour veterans Automatic Loveletter. (Her brother, Tommy, was also a longtime local performer in groups like Win Win Winter).
Week by week, the Clearwater-raised blues-rock singer looked like the candidate to beat. And then, finally, in May ... she just missed out, placing second to soul man Jermaine Paul. Tampa Bay will just have to wait for its first reality singing competition winner.
Still, Simms has given herself a more than solid platform from which to launch a successful career. She's already performed here once, and she's signed a management deal with her Voice mentor Cee-Lo Green. Her first single, Wild Child, debuted this month; look for an album this spring.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE TOP TAMPA MUSIC STORIES OF 2012:
No. 10: The return of arena rock
No. 6: The USF Sun Dome reopens
No. 5: Tallhart goes national