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Harlan will celebrate Jordan Smith Monday; TV and recordings also coming

Jordan Smith on "Voice" audition, music, encouraging people

Jordan Smith wowed the judges on 'The Voice' with his rendition of Sia's "Chandelier," broadcast Sept. 21, 2015. In this interview at his parents' house in Coldiron, Kentucky, on Sept. 24, he talked about the audition, how music became part of his
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Jordan Smith wowed the judges on 'The Voice' with his rendition of Sia's "Chandelier," broadcast Sept. 21, 2015. In this interview at his parents' house in Coldiron, Kentucky, on Sept. 24, he talked about the audition, how music became part of his

According to Instagram, Jordan Smith awoke peacefully Wednesday morning with his new The Voice trophy by his side.

But life will continue to be busy for the Harlan County native and winner of the NBC talent competition show’s ninth season. The next few days will be filled with media appearances, and then Monday is his big homecoming.

Harlan County will celebrate Smith with a parade through downtown Harlan at 2:30 p.m. Monday, followed at 4 p.m. by a program at the Harlan Center, where his hometown fans have gathered for Voice watching parties the past several weeks. Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley noted Tuesday that Smith had been named Harlan Countian of the year, an honor that usually means the recipient is grand marshal of the town Christmas Parade. But because Smith was in Los Angeles competing in The Voice, he could not serve in that role, so now he gets his own parade.

“This is one of the most monumental things that has happened to Harlan County citizens in my lifetime,” Mosley said Tuesday, explaining why Harlan is pulling out all the stops to honor Smith. “It’s probably the biggest.”

Before he gets home to Harlan, Smith has some appointments to keep in New York.

He will be a guest Thursday on the Today show on NBC, followed by appearances on Access Hollywood Live and Extra. On Friday, Smith will sing two or three songs on Billboard magazine’s Periscope account.

With his win, Smith also has a new record label. Republic Records announced Wednesday that Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection is available on iTunes, and will be available on CD at Wal-Mart beginning Dec. 24. The news release from Republic said that during Smith’s run on The Voice, more than 1 million Smith singles were sold and there were more than 57 million cumulative streams of his performances on YouTube, making Smith the top-selling artist to ever emerge from The Voice. Smith is expected to begin work on his debut album for Republic next year.

Rich Copley: 859-231-3217, @LexGoKY

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