Benedictine College graduate Durell Anthony earns a spot on Team John Legend on NBC’s TV show “The Voice” with his rendition of “What’s going on” by Marvin Gaye.
Anthony hails from Atchison, KS, and graduated from Benedictine in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He now lives in southern California with his wife Kim and two children Kaydin and Cameron.
“When I decided to make the jump to southern California it was scary and a bold move on my part. But 11 years later and I really glad I made the jump,” Durell said.
Durell left shortly after he graduated from Benedictine. Not only was he leaving the town he grew up in, his family who loved him, but he was going into an unknown place with an uncertain future.
Anthony got his start in his hometown when he started singing at his church with his family. He continued his singing career all through high school and into college. He was given a chance to sing in Benedictine’s Concert Choral by the director Dr. Ruth Krusemark who retired from her position in July of 2019.
“He has a God-given talent, tremendous work ethic and it’s just paying off for him. I’m just really happy for him,” Krusemark said.
Durell Anthony was very involved while at Benedictine. He in Concert Chorale, intramurals, a Resident Assistant and an avid fan of the Benedictine Raven athletics.
“The best memory would have to be all the people I met. It was such a great four years and if it wasn’t I wouldn’t sit here and say that it was. Now that I’m on The Voice I have so much support from the people I went to school with,” Anthony said.
After more than 10 years since graduating and moving away from small-town Kansas to big-city California Durell has never forgotten the love he has for his family.
“The people I love the most are my family and they are the ones I want to be around the most,” Anthony said.
So many people audition for shows like “The Voice” but only a select few earn a spot. Durell Anthony is living the dream that millions have only been able to think about.
You can watch “The Voice” on NBC Monday nights at 7 pm central time to watch Durell on his journey as he inches closer to being crowned “The Voice” champion.