Arden Lambert


March 8, 2019


March 8, 2019


March 8, 2019

The Voice’s Matthew Johnson had an epic four-chair turn with his stunning rendition of Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile.”

Matthew Johnson, John Legend, the voice
via The Voice’s Official Facebook Page

Matthew Johnson’s Performance

Coach Blake Shelton already had his hand hovering over his button, ready to push in case a talented artist was sent their way. And true enough, as soon as Johnson sang his first note, the veteran coach immediately hit his button, followed closely by fellow veteran Adam Levine.

Coach Kelly Clarkson and newbie coach John Legend, turned their chairs soon after the chorus hit, making Johnson’s performance a stellar four-chair turn worthy one. With his cool baritone and his obvious passion for what he was singing, who didn’t enjoy the performance?

Watch the audition here!

After Johnson sang, Levine humorously shouted “in honor of Jennifer Hudson!” before hurling his shoe to the artist – something that former coach JHud herself did whenever a talented singer came out and performed for them.

John Legend, The Voice, Matthew Johnson
via John Legend’s Official Facebook Page

Eventually, kindred spirits found each other and Johnson picked Legend to mentor him throughout the competition. And for the most part, it looks like it’s a perfect fit!

I Smile

“I Smile” is a song originally sung by gospel singer-songwriter Kirk Franklin. The song mainly talks about gathering strength from the Lord despite tough times.

Kirk Franklin, I Smile, Matthew Johnson, john legend, the voice
via Kirk Franklin’s Official Facebook Page

The song’s melody is cheery, which compliments the lyrics that portray the struggles of man’s everyday life, but seems to find strength whenever we are reminded that God will always be there to guide us in times of need. It reminds us to take every challenge in our lives in stride, and that we will not be left behind by our Lord.

I smile, even though I’m hurt, see I smile
I know God is working so I smile
Even though I’ve been here for a while
I smile
It’s so hard to look up when you’ve been down
Sure would hate to see you give up now
You look so much better when you smile, so smile

Listen to the original here!


Matthew Johnson



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