Wooster Grad Seeks Stardom on The Voice
Darius Scott Dixson '13 impresses the stars
Darius Scott (a.k.a. Darius Dixson), a 2013 graduate of The College of Wooster, is making his pitch to become the next singing sensation on NBC’s The Voice.
A member of “Team Pharrell,” Scott made quite an impression in his cover of Usher’s first hit, “You Make Me Wanna…” in the blind audition, and then dazzled Pharrell Williams and fellow coaches Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton with his rendition of George Benson’s hit “On Broadway.” The performance elicited high praise from Levine, who said, “you are the most ridiculous vocal mechanic I’ve ever heard in my life,” and Williams, who added, “[it] was like watching a guy share his ambitions [with] the world in the best melodic way possible.”
Scott’s success comes as no surprise to Lisa Wong, associate professor of music and director of the highly acclaimed Wooster Chorus, who said, “[Darius] has incredible vocal agility and musicianship. Those two skills, I think, give him an edge over the other performers.”
Another of Scott's mentors, Susan Wallin, who served as his voice teacher and coach and worked with him on a one-on-one basis to develop his voice and singing technique, said "I am so proud of him. His years of hard work are really starting to pay off."
Can he win the ultimate prize and become a star? “Absolutely,” said Wong. “He is very talented, and has been since a young age. He has a great ear, a great voice, and he is a joy to work with. I have no doubt that he is taking coaching very well from Pharrell, who, by the way, said, 'I think Darius can teach me a few things.'"
As far as his niche in the music industry, Wong believes Scott has a range of options. “I think he is really talented in many genres,” she said. “When he was here at Wooster, he was equally comfortable singing classical, gospel, or popular music, but I think R&B might be his strongest suit.”
As for his tenure at Wooster, Scott, who also played drums in the Wooster Jazz Ensemble, said simply, "I love my alma mater."