Tony Lucca of ‘The Voice’ Visits SHU, Thanks Students

Singer Tony Lucca visits with students in McMahon Commons last month.

News Story: December 11, 2012

Tony Lucca, one of the top three on the second season of The Voice, returns to the TV show this week for a guest performance. But earlier this semester, he was on campus at Sacred Heart University to thank a group of students who supported his nearly successful run for the title of “The Voice.”

Lucca stopped by in the middle of his cross-country tour to thank students from Sam Goldstein’s marketing class who had worked to promote him and gather votes while he was competing. “We decided to link it to our class work with a mission statement and objective,” Goldstein said. “The students encouraged their friends and peers to watch The Voice and consider voting for Tony.”

Mae Murtagh ’14 was one of the students who took Goldstein up on his challenge. “We had Voice parties in Hawley Lounge where we all gathered to watch the show. Afterwards, students voted for Tony and downloaded his songs,” she said.

Murtagh, a marketing major, worked closely with classmates Melissa Poli ’14 and Taylor Filanowski ’14. The three were extremely excited to meet Lucca in person. “It’s unreal that we are finally meeting someone we know so much about. Everyone supports the person in the competition that they like. That he would come to Sacred Heart is amazing,” Poli said.

Lucca said he was grateful for every vote he got as his third-place finish has led to many opportunities, including a record deal with Adam Levine’s recording company. Lucca, who is based in Michigan with his wife and two children, said he auditioned for The Voice, because it was the first reality competition that didn’t shy away from people with preexisting work, but rather encouraged it. “It’s been an awesome experience. When all four judges turned their chairs around, it was the most validating moment of my career,” he said.

“The students did a great job on this project. Anyone who hires them will be getting a creative and talented employee,” Goldstein concluded.

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