We at Seymour Duncan would like to show our support for our friend Laith Al-Saadi, who has made it into the top four of The Voice. And we want him to win. Laith utterly rips on guitar, and his love of the instrument comes through in every note he plays. His voice is incredibly soulful and expressive; he sounds like a classic rock singer of the 60s or 70s, beamed forward in time. Just listen to what he does with Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain.”
Seriously, when do you hear guitar this sweet and virtuosic on network television? You don’t! That’s why we need Laith to win. A vote (or ten: you can vote ten times per IP address) is a vote to tell the world that we want more of this in the media. More guitar, more lifelong musicians who slog it out every night because it’s in the very fiber of their being and they have no choice. Laith plays over 300 gigs a year.
Check out this take on B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone.” Again, prime time network TV. Broadcast all over the world.
And here he is performing at our booth at Winter NAMM in 2015, paying tribute to Joe Cocker.
Speaking of Laith’s affinity for Joe Cocker, here’s his blind audition for The Voice back in March, where he played “The Letter.” There’s a great moment when Pharrell asks to hear the guitar solo again:
The voting windows for online, itunes, and in the Voice app for the finals are:
Pacific: 5PM (mon 5/23)—9AM (tues 5/24)
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