With NBC’s third season of The Voice just weeks from naming its winner, it feels like an eternity since Jamar Rogers thrilled audiences as a member of Team Cee Lo Green on Season 2 earlier this year.
But even though the show has moved on, Green still coaches the former New Yorker-turned-L.A. resident. “I can say Cee Lo is a man of his word. He’s awesome,” Rogers tells Celebuzz in our Hollywood studio last week.
“Immediately following the show, he was hitting me up every week, whether calling me or texting me, just to check on me,” Rogers says.
“I’ve been bouncing some of the songs I’ve been writing off of him just to see if they kind of pass his litmus test,” he continues. “And, he just had me out in Vegas [for the Christmas special, Cee Lo’s Magic Moment]. So, Cee Lo – who will forever be my coach and my mentor – but most importantly he’s my friend now. That’s crazy.”
Fans will remember the 29-year-old who basically auditioned for the series with the goal of capturing the Goodie Mob rapper’s attention. We would come to find out that not only had Rogers overcome a drug addiction, but he’s also living with HIV.
In the time since Season 2, he has been writing a book, following The Voice with a weekly blog for TheInsider.com, doing speeches at colleges and high schools, as well as touring and working on his music.
He’s very excited to talk about his new single, “High,” which will drop on Tuesday.
“’High,’ it’s my autobiographical song,” Rogers explains. “It’s just about my own personal struggle with crystal meth. But also in writing this song and touring around the country and singing it, I realized that lots of people can identify. Because, even though your struggle might not be crystal meth, we all have a vice of some sort.”
“It’s emotional, but the beat hits hard,” the singer, who says he’s aiming for a February 2012 release date for his full album, promises.
Watch our full interview with Rogers above.
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