By Kelly Legg

Luke Edgemon from “The Voice” is one of top contestants in Season 4 of the NBC reality singing competition series. Originally hailing from Lakeland, Edgemond is the grandson on Jim Campbell, CEO of Christian Radio Station Joy FM 94.1.

The 24-year-old singer was originally on Shakira’s team, however, ended up on Blake Shelton’s team before being recently eliminated.

The entire City of Lakeland rallied support for the singer as their hometown favorite. Edgemond lived in Lakeland until his family moved to North Carolina when he was 11. He attended Lakeland Christian School and started his musical career at the age of five when he learned to play the violin.

“As a small child he started to play the violin and he started to play tunes he heard without music,” said Campbell. “He definitely is gifted and oh, my….what a musical ear he does have.”

In recent years, Edgemond began to make a name for himself in Hollywood. He was a contestant on Season 9 of American Idol and is currently cast as one of the men’s back-up vocals on the popular television series, Glee.

Musical giftedness runs in the family. Not only does his grandfather own a Christian Radio Station, but his mother is also a singer. His Christian foundation is evident through his family, as his father is a minister and Edgemond was raised in a Christian home. Campbell and his wife, Ruth have always been his biggest fans.

“We encouraged him to sing and play in all the music groups at school and church that were applicable to his age whether it was music or drama,” said Campbell. “We attended all of those activities supporting him.”

His ride on “The Voice” was nerve-racking for his family to watch and they are proud of how far he succeeded.

“I want Luke to serve God with all his heart, work hard and be the best he can be in his music profession,” said Campbell

With his talented signature blend of pop and R&B, Edgemond is sure to continue to blaze a name for himself in the music industry. Follow Luke on Twitter at @LukeEdgemon.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.