Former Samford student makes Top 16 on “The Voice”

Bailey Fuqua
Features Writer

 

Move over Cortland Finnegan, Samford now has a new star to call their own.

A former pre-pharmacy student and University Fellow, Phillip “Pip” Arnold spent one semester at Samford before pursuing his music career on Oxygen’s reality show, “The Glee Project” in January 2011. Although Pip was eliminated after the first episode, his future is now looking bright on Season 2 of NBC’s hit show, “The Voice.”

During the blind audition, Pip wowed all four judges with the song, “House of the Rising Sun,” and was offered a spot on every team. After hearing pleas from Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, Pip eagerly chose Adam to be his coach. Now in the top sixteen, Pip has survived an elimination round and is amazed how far he’s come.

In an interview with The Marietta Daily Journal, Pip said, “Literally a year ago, I was planning on becoming a pharmacist. And in a year, I’ve gone from singing before 16 people at Cuppy’s Coffee in Kennesaw, Ga. and West Cobb Diner to being on national television and singing for 16 million people. I thought that would never happen.”

The combination of Pip’s stellar voice, his likeable personality, and quirky bowtie make him a crowd favorite. #TeamBowTie was trending on Twitter after an episode of “The Voice,” and his cover of the Killers’ “When You Were Young,” made the iTunes Top 100 last week.

In an exclusive interview with Todd Betzold of RealityWanted Pip acknowledged fans and said, “Thank you…it’s been a crazy, crazy journey and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. I have the best fans ever…they’re always tweeting me and trying to get me more followers…they’ve been incredible.”

Although he’s singing for millions, being in the spotlight hasn’t changed Pip. Friend and classmate, Hayley Hughes said, “Phillip hasn’t changed; he is really thankful for the chance he’s been given and wants to make the best of the opportunity. But he definitely hasn’t forgotten the friends he already had.”

With still over a dozen contestants left, “The Voice” still has many episodes to go until the finale.

“Even though he does have a big fan base, he still really needs everyone at Samford to vote. Call up to ten times, vote on NBC’s website, or buy his song on iTunes,” sophomore biology major Emily Johnson said,

So be sure to show your Samford spirit and vote for a former Samford Bulldog.

“The Voice” airs Mondays 8/7c and Tuesday 9/8c on NBC.

Follow Pip: @pip_arnold, #TeamBowTie and facebook.com/pipandrew

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