CURVE, Pa. – Cresson native Josh Gallagher was one of the most popular stars on NBC’s “The Voice” last year, carrying a wave of fan support into being one of the show’s finalists.
Gallagher grew up with a passion for music and baseball. On Thursday night, he will combine to the two for a performance at Peoples Natural Gas Field to celebrate Opening Day with the Altoona Curve.
His musical journey began in Cambria County, but in 2014, he and his girlfriend, now wife, Lindsey, packed up and moved to Nashville. Two years later, he made a run on “The Voice” that launched him into the national spotlight.
Backing for Gallagher has been felt all over the country and even throughout the world, but it’s been especially felt from his home in Pennsylvania.
“The support has been great,” Gallagher said. “There’s a new season of ‘The Voice’ on now, but even still, after it was all said and done, everyone is still so supportive. They’ve had my back.”
Last June, Gallagher was selected out of more than 40,000 auditions to join the eleventh season of “The Voice.” In his first appearance on the show, his singing caught the attention of superstars Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys. He joined Shelton’s team and later ended up with Adam Levine’s group, and nationwide fan support propelled him into the show’s final four in December.
Gallagher first picked up a guitar and started learning how to play when he was ten years old.
“Dad got me a guitar,” Gallagher said. “I started picking around and taught myself how to play.”
He has performed in front of thousands at the Rose Bowl, at Heinz Field for a Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game and in front of millions on television. But there was a time when Gallagher kept his singing talents a bit more to himself.
“I was pretty shy about it whenever I was younger,” Gallagher said. “I wouldn’t even sing for my parents. Not a lot of people knew that I played and sang.”
After high school, Gallagher left to attend Penn State-Greater Allegheny, and any choice to stay shy about his music went out the window.
“The dorm walls are so thin, I would try to play quiet so people wouldn’t hear me, but people kept knocking on the door, whether my door was open or not, and they would ask if that was me playing,” Gallagher said. “It was a little bit of a transition.”
While music is easily his most notable talent these days, he was always drawn to the game of baseball. He played in high school at Penn Cambria and went off to college to continue playing.
“It was my thing,” Gallagher said. “It was always in my blood. My dad was a catcher. He played ball at Slippery Rock. It kind of carried over to me. I started catching at a young age, 10 or 11. It was a lot of fun.”
Growing up less than a half hour away from Peoples Natural Gas Field, Gallagher made his way down to the ballpark quite a bit.
“We would go to Curve games all the time,” Gallagher said. “We always used to go when they would have fireworks.”
One of his favorite memories? Getting down on the field as a kid and running the bases after a game.
Since finishing up on “The Voice,” Gallagher has returned to playing shows around Nashville, as well as hitting the road to play in places like California, Texas, North Carolina and, of course, Pennsylvania.
His homecoming concert on January 28 at the historic Mishler Theatre in Altoona sold out in six minutes, and a second concert had to be added. That one promptly sold out, too.
Gallagher will be singing the National Anthem prior to Thursday’s Altoona Curve home opener at Peoples Natural Gas Field, doing a Meet & Greet for fans with tickets to the game, and performing after the game before the post-game fireworks show. Tickets are available now by clicking here, by phone at 877.99.CURVE or by stopping by the PNG Field box office.