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Front Page March 6, 2018  RSS feed

Justin Kilgore wows them on The Voice

By Vanessa Goodwyn


Justin Kilgore, performing at The Horses Mouth in 2010 under the stage name Aiden Kross. 
Photo by Vanessa Goodwyn Justin Kilgore, performing at The Horses Mouth in 2010 under the stage name Aiden Kross. Photo by Vanessa Goodwyn One of the best things about being from a small town is that we feel a special sense of kinship that urban folks just don’t get. So local phones were lighting up last Monday night as friends called friends to ask, “Is your TV on?” and “Are you WATCHING this?” The excitement was due to the fact that one of our own, Justin Kilgore, was appearing on the popular talent discovery program, The Voice – and stealing the show.

Kilgore has been developing his vocal chops in country, folk, and pop music since graduating from Buffalo High School in 2005. The singer/ songwriter lives and performs in Austin now. He recently auditioned for and earned a spot on the season premiere of The Voice, so Justin travelled to Universal Studios with his mother, Patricia Hays Glass, and several friends.


Justin Kilgore – as we knew him “back when” – BHS cheerleader favorite in 2005. 
Photo by Vanessa Goodwyn Justin Kilgore – as we knew him “back when” – BHS cheerleader favorite in 2005. Photo by Vanessa Goodwyn Justin impressed all four judges with his blind audition, as he put his own style to a rendition of Chris Young’s “Tomorrow” that showcased his range, from mellow to impassioned. (If you missed it, find it on-line so you can appreciate what all the fuss is about.)

Justin chose to team with Kelly Clarkson, who won out over judges Alicia Keys and Adam Levine. In a new feature this season, Keys used her only “block” during Kilgore’s performance to freeze out Blake Shelton, who was clearly frustrated that he didn’t get a shot a snagging Justin for his own team.

Enthusiasm is running high as the competition goes to Week #2, and supporters are confident that Justin will go far in The Voice’s competition. Regardless of what happens on that show, it seems certain that Kilgore’s career is off and running and this young man has what it takes to be a star. On his personal Facebook page last Wednesday, Justin had already garnered over a million hits on YouTube and his Facebook video was tapped for over 3 million hits. A clip of his audition aired on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week, and his song broke the Top 50 on the iTunes Top Country charts.

Buffalo is proudly claiming Justin Fever. Family and friends are sporting Team Justin tee shirts, produced locally by Stitches & Little Britches. Local family ties include his parents, Patricia Hays Glass and Aaron Kilgore; sister Raina Kilgore and niece Maddie; grandparents Doris and (the late) Aaron Kilgore and Billie and (the late) Bill Hays; aunt and uncle Barbara and Jerry Hays. Kilgore is receiving overwhelming encouragement from alumni who went to school with him at BHS, where he was a cheerleader and played in the Bison Band. The Buffalo Press can proudly report that Justin was featured in the 12-28-2010 edition in David Parker’s column, “Where the Music Plays”, as he performed at The Horses Mouth under the stage name he was using then, Aiden Kross.

“I can not believe what is happening right now,” Justin posted. “There are no words to describe how much all of this outpouring of love and supports means to me. Thank you all for believing… My heart is full.”


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