After making it to the top 10 on The Voice, 27 year-old contestant Chris Kroeze is already thinking about how his newfound fame might affect his career following the show.
Though America still has to decide whether or not the Team Blake Shelton frontrunner will walk away the winner of season 15, Chris knows one thing won't change regardless of what happens on the NBC series: He’ll continue to perform for troops in the Middle East as long as he can.
“I’ll do it as long as the opportunity presents itself," he tells Ikaroo.info. "It’s something that can go away at any time, if it gets too unstable over there. They’ll pull it and they won’t fund it anymore."
The reason why he's drawn to serving the armed forces abroad is a very personal one. “My dad was military and so were my grandparents, so it’s a way for me to give back without being in the service myself,” he explains.
In addition to his work overseas, Chris is also passionate about his hometown of Barron, Wisconsin. A few weeks ago, he dedicated his performance to a 13 year-old girl who was abducted from his city. "She still hasn't been found," he said on the episode. "It's just unsettling, you know?"
Besides continuing to fight for these meaningful causes, what Chris also hopes to gain from the show is the chance to slow down and focus on songs that speak to his style.
“I’ve been playing 250 shows a year and 250 times a year. I’m playing in bars for four hours, playing cover songs," he says. “I want to do more of my own original music and probably not play so many four hour shows—and hopefully not play 250 shows a year."
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.