‘The Voice’ Contender Bryan Keith on His ‘Moment': ‘I Feel on Top of the World Right Now’ (VIDEO)

By: Lauren DiMascio / November 13, 2012

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If there was a breakout performance when the Top 12 took the stage on Monday night’s edition of NBC’s The Voice, it was from Team Adam contender Bryan Keith.

The Bronx native took a risk by singing Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and it paid off earning him high praise from all the coaches including his own coach, Adam Levine, who told him, “this was your day and this was your moment to show America what was happening.”

Blake Shelton even told him the performance put him in front of the pack on Levine’s team. So just how is he feeling?

“I feel on top of the world right now,” Keith told Celebuzz on the red carpet after Monday’s show. “I kept telling people before I went on that stage that this was going to show a different side of me and this was going to be a breakout moment for me and I’m so proud of myself.”

He continued: “It shows a different side. It was a tribute to Amy Winehouse. It was emotional. It’s a dark song and I’m a very dark person especially in my originals, in my own written music. This, I just had to get into the story, get into the character and I used it as if I was talking to her myself and it worked out.”

Choosing one of Winehouse’s signature tunes was 100 percent Keith’s decision, as he told us, “I chose it and I pushed to get it. I feel like I stepped up to the plate and I made it what I wanted to be.”

The 22-year-old also mentioned that he was “blown away by [the performances of]  Trevin [Hunte] and Terry [McDermott]” on Monday. He even said that Melanie Martinez’s take of Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup “had [him] almost crying.”

While the singer hadn’t talked to his Dad, two-time Grammy winner Ray de la Paz, yet on Monday night, he did tell us how excited he is to show his Dad that he can make it on his own.

“My father is starting to see me in a completely light than he ever did before. I’m doing something that’s on a whole another level in getting recognized than he did,” said Keith. “I’m so thankful for his influence and he knows that but he knows that I’m building my own person – my own career. He’s sitting watching me after all these years of me watching him.”

Assuming the soulful singer should continue, his strategy for the rest of live rounds is to keep reaching higher.

“I set the bar pretty high for myself,” he said. “I’m just going to try to out do myself again. I’m always trying to do better than I did the last time so we’ll see what happens.”

The live eliminations of The Voice take place Tuesday at 8 PM ET/ tape delayed PT on NBC.

Do you think Keith will make the cut? Whose performance did you like best on Monday? Sound off in the comments below! 

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