2 former BYU singers appear on 'The Voice'

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    April 25, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    In his bio, Innes talked about how he was dumped at the altar, and how he used music to get through it. Clearly he went to BYU. :)

    The group from the "other BYU" is called Midas Whale, and they're still in the competition. I, personally, am hoping they go all the way. They have such a great and quirky sound. Duos rarely get past the battle rounds, and I think they're just different enough to go further. So I really hope they do well in the upcoming rounds. They're pretty funny guys--great sense of humor--which is refreshing. They also have a great coach, which hopefully will stretch them musically to try some new/fresh stuff and not just cute mormon fireside sorts of performances. And yeah they've all passed the battlerounds now... should be fun to watch for them.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    April 24, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    Wiscougar was trying to defend Mr. Innes' decision to have a beard. While TrackStar was the commenter who started the "beard" discussion with his initial comment that had nothing to do with the article.

    That being said it's awesome to have the church, our area, and especially these individuals gain so much positive exposure. I have seen all three male performers on the Voice and they are amazing. Good for them and hears to them finding more success on the Voice and the music scene. We can always use more good music.

  • justmesal MOUNTAIN VIEW, WY
    April 11, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    hahaha I so enjoyed the banter between Wiscougarfan and BYU Track Star!
    Earlier in The Voice auditions there was a duo, one had long hair, and they were both from "THE" other BYU in Idaho. What was fun was when we saw the YouTube of their audition they were with two friends. My son said I know them! (Talking about the friends) He told me he had been their home teacher up at BYU-Idaho and told me their names so it was fun seeing their names listed in the BYUI paper.
    Anyway lots of Mormon talent on the Voice this season.
    Oh by the way my son is home from BYUI this semester, a return missionary, and has a beard. The seminary teacher invited him to come talk to the seminary
    class about his mission and a lot of my friends are always telling me how good he looks in his beard. He can keep it until he goes back up to school. :)

  • Peter R Provo, UT
    April 11, 2013 3:26 p.m.


    This article is about two talented young individuals and how their experiences at their alma mater haloed them in their post baccalaureate endeavors, and the best you can do is to criticize the man's facial hair? You're losing the forest for the tress. Actually, it's not even a tree.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    April 11, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    RE: BYU Track Star

    "BTW, ask your Stake President why he doesn't grow one?"

    Actually, I did talk to him about it when he called me to be a Stake Institute teacher and then again as a Seminary teacher (I've also taught Seminary and Institute in two other states). His response was "sure, keep your beard... it doesn't matter." Now, admittedly I do have to shave over the summers when I work as an EFY speaker, but I suspect that has something to do with being a BYU sponsored program, and they do have a policy on facial hair (while the church more generally does not). FYI, I don't currently sport a beard... I shaved it yesterday because my five year old daughter asked me to.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    April 11, 2013 2:04 p.m.


    Okay, I raise the white flag and surrender. You are correct. I won't shave my breard for the rest of the day. BTW, ask your Stake President why he doesn't grow one?

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    April 11, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    RE: BYU Track Star

    And some of us try to emulate the Brethren, but do so with facial hair. There is no official doctrine regarding what we grow on our face.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    April 11, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    RE: Wiscougarfan

    Some of us try to emulate the Bretheren. This was discussed last week here in the Des-News.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    April 11, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    RE: BYU Track Star

    A lot of us BYU alums have beards, but that doesn't mean we don't bleed blue. Perhaps what you are missing is the fact that he is no longer enrolled at BYU. Thank goodness we don't have to abide all aspects of the honor code after we graduate.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    April 11, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    I am confused as I am sure a lot of non-Provo music scene people are. Mr. Innes, in attempting to link himself with his alma mater BYU, leaves the reasonable but unspoken impression that Beards are acceptable at BYU. Am I missing something?

  • CactusCoug Gilbert, AZ
    April 10, 2013 10:35 p.m.

    Good for Ryan Innes, great young man from a great family. Just to correct/complete the record, he may live in Holladay, Utah, now but he is and always will be an Eagle from Thatcher, AZ!