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“Tyshawn Colquitt is no stranger to singing competitions. A current contestant on NBC's "The Voice," he is also a six-time winner of Showtime at the Apollo. The 23-year-old from Avondale won his first competition on the Apollo stage at the age of 13. He appeared on the television show "Live At The Apollo" and won three times as a teen and another three times as an adult. (You can check out a video of one of his Amateur Night appearances in 2016 here.) He was also in the finals of the 2014 New Wave European competition to discover the world's next best pop star and appeared on local legend Bootsy Collins' latest Album "World Wide Funk." The oldest of 12 children in a family that has sometimes struggled financially, he said he has felt the pressure of that financial burden. It is also a big motivation, he said. He's funding his run at musical stardom with Pound 4 Sound, a pound cake company with his mom, Eutivia Lee. Mom makes the cakes. Colquitt delivers them with a song. "The song has to match the intensity of those cakes," he said. "The cake sets the bar." Tyshawn Colquitt sings during the Blind Auditions on "The Voice." Tyshawn Colquitt sings during the Blind Auditions on "The Voice." (Photo: Tyler Golden/NBC) He said the Blind Audition was strange in that he had never sung to the back of chairs before. "It's nerve-wracking because you know who's sitting there. They are Right. There. I almost forgot my pound cakes," Colquitt said. He tried not to overthink the moment when the band started. One deep breath and he was fine. "I thought 'you got this.' And I started to sing. When I hit the high note, Jennifer turned, and it was like a fresh breeze hit me," he said. Blake followed, but Colquitt chose Hudson. He said comments from the other judges were just icing on the cake. "Kelly Clarkson's comment about my voice being like Brian McKnight meets Mariah (Carey) was probably the best compliment I have ever received," he said. "I watched their expressions and all of their comments later, and it just meant so much." He said he's well aware of the opportunity and platform "The Voice" is to his musical aspirations. "Now, people from A&R are watching, my work is getting recognition…I feel like the sky's the limit," he said. He almost missed his chance. Colquitt drove to Indianapolis for a private "The Voice" audition. "It was a bad snowstorm and so difficult getting there," Colquitt told an Indianapolis Star reporter. "I was two hours behind. I thought I missed my opportunity. I wore this super-loud suit, and the guy said, 'Just this time, I'm going to let you come in. You better do your thing.' He allowed me to get through the door. Here we are.” He said he appreciates the support of his family, who he calls his biggest fans, and also the support of hometown fans. Colquitt also graduated from the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati (He won the Corbett Mayerson Award there.) "We see our supporters and it's so encouraging," he said. "It means a lot." Fans can follow Tyshawn at: YouTube channel: bit.ly/colquittYouTube Instagram: tyshawncolquitt Facebook: Tyshawn Colquitt Website: tyshawnsings.com Twitter: @TyshawnColquitt Tonight's episode of "The Voice" airs at 8 p.m. and will include the final Blind Auditions and the first of the Battle Rounds on WLWT-5.”