FULTON – Oswego native and “The Voice” contestant Gary Carpentier recently visited Fairgrieve Elementary to share messages of perseverance and strength as he detailed his musical journey.
As soon as he was introduced by Principal Jean Sampsell, scores of students erupted in cheer as they recognized the singer from the popular music reality television show.
They also applauded his main message: you can make something of yourself, even coming from a small town.
His messages were reflective of the Fulton City School District’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiative.
Throughout his time on “The Voice” he was responsible for learning music and accepting constructive criticism and respectful of the judges’ opinions.
He made it to the team of Adam Levine, lead singer of the popular band Maroon 5, when Levine turned his chair around after Carpentier sang a portion of the Michael Buble song, “Home.”
“Those 90 seconds changed my life,” he said.
He ultimately was cut from the competition, but he said he will never give up music.
Students in grades kindergarten through six heard messages of encouragement and to never give up on their dreams.
They also asked Carpentier several questions about other “The Voice” judges, his favorite instrument to play, his love of singing and how well he can dab, which is a dance move reflective of confidence.
Carpentier concluded the assembly with a rendition of Buble’s “Home” and “Circle of Life” from the Disney animated movie “The Lion King.”
He then whisked away to the classroom of second grade teacher and childhood friend Renee Ferlito where he chatted with the young students and posed for photographs.