June 13, 2016

The odds were always stacked against him.

Ann Arbor's Laith Al-Saadi was one of tens of thousands of singers who applied during the open call for "The Voice" season 10. He made the cut, guaranteeinga blind audition in front of coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton.

Hemade it through the battle rounds, the knockouts, and finally to the live performance shows. He made it through week after week of popular voting, as the field narrowed from twenty to ten and then down to the final four.

And every week, the coaches, host Carson Daly, bloggers and entertainment writers would refer to Laith Al-Saadi as an unlikely success.

Laith Al-Saadi doesn'tdance. He doesn't preen. He's 38 years old, has a long beard and long hair. He doesn't sing Bruno Mars songs. Instead, he employs a powerful, well-trained voice and phenomenal guitar chops to perform authentic rock, soul and blues music.

On a show like "The Voice," that made Laith Al-Saadi an unlikely success. But it...

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