Catching up after ‘The Voice’ on Snapchat: Fort Wayne’s Nik Roach plans to focus on school, then music

Fort Wayne's Nik Roach, center, was honored May 1 as winner of "The Voice" on Snapchat vocal competition. With him in this file photo are Adam Levine, his celebrity coach during the competition, and "The Voice" TV show host Carson Daly. (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC)

Fort Wayne had three “The Voice” alumni performing last weekend at the Three Rivers Festival, and one — Nik Roach — will be playing again at 2 p.m. Saturday at the TRF Children’s Fest at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd.

Fort Wayne singers have had an amazing run during the past two seasons of the hit NBC vocal talent search show.

Last fall, Addison Agen finished runner-up. This spring, Christiana Hicks made the Top 10 finalists. And this spring, Roach won “The Voice” on Snapchat competition at age 17.

“The Voice” on Snapchat contest works like a shortened version of the TV show but takes place using the Snapchat social media program.

Roach sent in an audition video in January, and he was selected among the top 20 contestants, he told News-Sentinel.com this spring.

Celebrity “The Voice” coach Adam Levine picked Roach as one of his two team members for the “The Voice” on Snapchat competition. Each of this season’s other celebrity coaches — Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys — also selected two team members.

Contestants had to perform, and viewers then voted on the performances. Local fans’ votes helped Roach win the championship.

He was honored as “The Voice” on Snapchat winner during the TV show’s May 1 live results show.

Roach said then he hoped to try out for the TV version of “The Voice,” but his plans have changed a little.

“I love to sing and I’d love to compete, but at the moment, being a senior in high school, I should focus on that mostly,” he said via email. “As much as I’d love to sing, school is important for me.

“I do plan on finding things locally, and maybe a few states over, to get myself out there more so,” he said. “I’ve been singing locally at the Three Rivers (Festival), and my work’s Freedom Fest.”

He sang last Saturday and Sunday at TRF’s Art in the Park at Freimann Square, and he’ll play this Saturday at Children’s Fest. The event takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at North Side High School.

Roach said he’s starting to look more actively now for shows and people who need singers, but the work to launch a music career will increase dramatically after he completes high school.

“I definitely want to go places with it and try my hardest to get where I know I can be,” he said.

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