LOS ANGELES (WSFA) - Alabama native Kirk Jay never imagined he would make it this far. From a childhood of poverty without lights and running water in his family’s Bay Minette mobile home to the bright lights of a national stage with millions of people watching, he’s about to find out if America picked him as the winner of NBC’s hit show, “The Voice."
He has the faith instilled in him from his adolescence, molded in the days spent playing drums at church and singing in the choir. He remains humble enough to admit it doesn’t matter which of the final four contestants has confetti fall on them and a record contract drawn up.
Kirk wants to win, obviously, but he feels he’s already won.
"We’re gonna have a great time no matter what happens tonight.”
Kirk was introduced at the beginning of the season with a video revealing the struggles of his life. The nation learned of the days when he didn’t have food to eat and was forced to use the bathroom outside.
And then the nation heard his voice.
Based on reaction from the millions of replays his performance garnered in the hours following, it appeared they liked what they heard. And they kept listening and saving him from being cut in battle rounds
Kirk chose to start his journey on “The Voice” with an aptly appropriate song for his life, “God Bless the Broken Road” by the country music band Rascal Flatts.
“Those guys are who inspired me to do country music, hearing “God Bless the Broken Road” on the radio for the first time blew my mind,” he said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “And from that point on, man I would go and just listen to these guys and all kind of country music.”
When he stands on the stage for the final time Tuesday night, he won’t be standing alone. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney - the men who make up Rascal Flatts - will be right there performing a duet with the Montgomery resident.
“Surreal,” he said describing the opportunity.
And yet it could have all turned out differently. That first night on stage, needing to make a breakout first impression on judges in the blind auditions, Kirk was sick with throat issues. A single sour note could have sent him packing.
“I was sick before my [blind auditions] too,” admitting he prayed to God for just one judge to turn around their chair and he would be happy.
When the song came to an end, Kirk was looking all four judges in the eyes.
“I ended up getting a four-chair turn and made it to the finale. I just want to thank God and just all the motivational support people gave me along this journey.”
“I’m sick now,” he admitted, saying he felt “horrible” during Monday night’s final performance in which he belted out an original song called “Defenseless.” He had to have B-12 steroid shots “and all that fun stuff.”
Now, he and three other finalists wait for the answer, to be aired starting at 7 p.m.
While he waits, he remembers his roots and rests his voice.
“I just want to say to Alabama, no matter what happens tonight, y’all guys are amazing and I wouldn’t be this far without you guys, so thank you so much and I’m so happy to come home and see you guys..." he explained. “It’s not about me. I want to do it for my family and my people and everybody who supported me back home.”
Kirk travels the South with his band, Kirk Jay and Kuntry Funk.