Birmingham native D. Smooth advances to “The Voice” finals

dsmooth Birmingham native D. Smooth advances to "The Voice" finals
David Mitchell, also known as D. Smooth, competing on season 23 of The Voice. (David Mitchell on Facebook)

An Alabama native could win this season of NBC’s The Voice. David Mitchell, who performs under the name D. Smooth, has advanced into the finals of season 23.

Keep reading to learn more about D. Smooth and his journey to the finals.

Raised in Birmingham

Although Mitchell now lives in Montgomery, he was born and raised just outside of Birmingham. According to, the Minor High School graduate has performed locally in places like the Eighty Eight and Encore Theatre & Gallery in Birmingham, B.B. King’s Blues Club in Montgomery and the Comedy Club Stardome in Hoover.

D. Smooth is one of two contestants with Montgomery ties, the other being 15 year old singer Ryley Tate Wilson, who competed in the semi-final but was not voted into the finals.

As his profile on The Voice says “D.Smooth was about to take the stage at the Season 21 Blind Auditions when the teams filled up. Looking back, he’s grateful he didn’t get a chance to perform at a time when he wasn’t giving 100% to music.” Now that he’s back at The Voice, he’s ready to “give it his all.”

Success on The Voice

On the show, D. Smooth has impressed judges by adding his own flair to popular songs such as Khalid’s “Location” and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and “Perfect”. He has especially caught the attention of Kelly Clarkson, who has been his celebrity coach throughout the season.

“Kelly turning for me as early as she did, it kinda surprised me,” D. Smooth said during the show. “It was a reassurance, you know, and at that point I just had to keep singing. I didn’t even look at her when she turned around. I just looked at the crowd.”

Gearing up for the finale

Watch D. Smooth perform “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran on The Voice. (The Voice on Youtube)

Don’t want to miss the finale? Make sure to tune into the The Voice finals live on NBC Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23.

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Grace Howard
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