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Jeremy Briggs performs with Relic 45 in a video that can be found on YouTube.

Sacramento’s Jeremy Briggs battles on ‘The Voice’ tonight, to sing ‘Cold as Ice’

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014 - 1:18 pm

The Sacramento area’s Jeremy Briggs is scheduled to sing Tuesday night on the NBC talent show “The Voice.”

The state-worker-by-day, rock-and-roller-by-night is in Sacramento this week, having already completed the battle round of the show’s competition. His already recorded singing “battle” duet with another member of the Shakira team has not been televised.

The first battles occurred Monday night on the Voice. Another round is scheduled for Tuesday night and a Voice spokeswoman said in an e-mail that Briggs would be in the lineup.

Briggs will sing Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” against fellow talent show contestant Clarissa Serna.

Briggs, who spoke Monday during a lunch break from his job with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, wasn’t talking about how he did.

“I’m not allowed to talk about anything that hasn’t aired yet,” he said.

Briggs, 26, grew up in the Sacramento area and played baseball at Sheldon High School and Sacramento City College. He later coached at Sac City.

He is also the front man of the Southern rock band Relic 45. The band may undergo a name change after his network experience.

“Moving forward I will probably change it over to my name,” he said.

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Briggs, who writes his own music, said the Voice gig “kinda just fell in my lap. They contacted my manager and one thing led to another.”

Without being specific, he said the experience has been positive, saying that the Voice environment has been nurturing.

The show’s format includes four competition stages: blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts and live performance shows.

Coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton have picked their teams of singers. During the battle round, coaches pit two team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.

After the vocal sing-off, the coach must choose which of the two singers will advance to the knockout round. The losing artist can then be picked up by another coach.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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