It’s not often that we have a celebrity here, and we don’t exactly have one yet. But we do, perhaps, have a celebrity in the making. Say hello to Sam Alves
music), the aspiring singer and model who appeared on season 4 of “The Voice.” Unfortunately he didn’t make it past the on-air audition — shame on you, Shakira! — but he did look and sound great. The 24-year-old from Clinton starting singing in church at 14. Time to talk about stardom, and, of course, that hair.
Q. Tell me about the now-famous red pants that you wore for the audition. Did you worry that wearing a loud color might distract from your performance?
A. I told myself I would never wear anything that vibrant. Never say never. I walked into a store one day and just decided to try them out. I did, and fell in love with the pants. I was never allowed to wear that vibrant of a color on stage at church where I led worship, and I always thought that those would be great to perform on stage in. The red pants got attention from the fans. It became a hashtag sensation (#redpants #thevoice) on Twitter and Instagram.
Q. Did you get a difficult time from your mom when you switched your major from
pre-med to visual performing arts [at Worcester State University]? Medicine seems to be a slightly more stable profession.
A. My mother obviously wants my security and financial stability, but she also wants my happiness. It took a few conversations to get her comfortable with the switch. But she understood, being a former singer and recording artist herself. It would have been a safer choice to go with being a doctor, but do we really want to live life thinking we made the safe choice, or making the choices that we know we won’t regret?
Q. I love that your motto is style over comfort.
A. I’ll wear shoes that hurt my feet, but if they look great on me, who cares?
Q. You’re an aspiring model. What would be your dream modeling job?
A. I shop for Calvin Klein and Zara. Because of my slender build, I tend to find that these two brands have the best fit for my body type. I would love to do work for either of the two. But I’d have to say Calvin Klein would be on my list of goals in life.
Q. How many times a day do people attempt to touch your hair?
A. Honestly, at least once a day. I get a lot of attention because of my hair. It isn’t easy maintaining it and keeping it healthy. I have to set aside a budget just for hair care. I’ve been approached by random people wanting to touch my hair, some ask, and others just go for it. In one instance I was approached in the mall by an elderly lady who came up to ask to touch my hair. I don’t know if it’s strange that she asked or that I allowed her to do it.