Christians have been cheering on fellow Christian Jordan Smith throughout the recent TV song competition "The Voice," and apparently voting for him, too, as he won Season 9 of NBC's singing show Tuesday evening. Smith consistently performed religious songs, propelling them to the top of iTunes charts. He was the show's history-making contestant who finally ended Adele's five-week reign of "Hello" in the No. 1 spot, with his cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love."
"I cannot accurately express in words just how I'm feeling today. The only thing I can say is that God is good," shared Smith on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
"Last night I proved to myself and the world that what's on the outside isn't important. Instead, it's what's in your heart that matters. Music is in my heart. Love is in my heart. Dreams are in my heart. And those things reach far beyond what our society tells us should matter."
Smith said he wishes he could respond to every single message and kind word he's been sent over the last few hours, but there's just no way he could ever get to them all.
"Thank you so much for supporting me on this journey. Now, I'm asking that you continue on this path with me as I try to make a career for myself. The hard work is just beginning and I'm so excited to step fully into my calling and allow God to show me the big things. Be faithful in the small things, because those add up to something big. We did it, #TeamJordan! WE DID IT!" he celebrated.
As reported by The Gospel Herald on Nov. 16, Smith first wowed viewers when he sang a well-known hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness." While considered risky by some to perform praise songs for such a competition, this piece established his lead position among the Top 12 contestants and catapulted him up the important iTunes chart. Smith said that song was special to him because "the entire song is about God's faithfulness."
His recent rendition of "Climb Every Mountain" currently remains at the eighth spot on iTunes as well.
From singing in church with his family to singing mass with his college choir at The Vatican, Smith told The Voice viewers that God is going to provide because he is faithful. "He's like I'm going to do everything for you. All you have to do is wake up every morning, and do what you love."
The 21-year-old singer said he first would "sleep for three days" at a press conference after the season finale on Tuesday.
Before NBC's The Voice, Smith said he was "just a kid in Harlan, Ky., trying to make money for college."
"The show is nothing compared to what's next. I'm ready to start writing music and putting music out there and working hard to make this happen for myself and make a place for myself in the industry," Smith told People.
This week, Smith announced he thinks it would amazing to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
While the show certainly has showed Smith's success, it also helped him overcome self-confidence issues and embrace his high-pitched voice. "Slowly, throughout the show, it just proved that those things don't matter. It's really special to hear at the end of a show like this, to be celebrated because of those differences," he said.
Smith's coach on the show and lead singer of the widely successful Maroon 5 band, Adam Levine, maintains that Smith is a better singer than he is.
Smith just appeared on "The Today Show" Thursday morning.
Facebook fan Ronnie Epstein Bach posted Thursday the sentiment of many of Smith's fans: "Your voice is anointed and truly a gift from God. I voted for you every time and knew that you would win. You so deserved it. You are the best singer on The Voice on any show they ever had. God bless you and your family."
Another fan, Hannah Jean Thompson, thanked Smith for sharing "straightforward and without shame that you are a Christian." She penned: "We need more men like you in this world."