â??The Voiceâ?? winner Jermaine Paul has ties to Syracuse

Cast members for the new television series "The Voice," from left: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Gree, and host, Carson Daly.

Jermaine Paul is now in the spotlight after being named the winner of "The Voice" on Tuesday night's season finale.

It came down to 33-year-old Paul, from Team Blake, and indie-rocker Juliet Simms. Host Carson Daly says there was just a four percent difference in the vote totals for the two. Tony Lucca came in third, and Chris Mann came in fourth.

Watch Jermaine Paul perform Jackson 5â??s "I Want You Back."

Paul is originally from Harriman, NY, and after years as a backup singer for stars like Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige, Paul has a shot at becoming the next big star.

According to, Paulâ??s sister, Theresa Paul Ladd, is a music teacher in the Syracuse schools. She says her students at McKinley-Brighton Elementary School have been following "The Voice" with her this season.

Syracuse University says that Paul almost played for the SU men's basketball team.

"I couldn't believe they actually voted for me. It's a dream come true. Honestly, I didn't see it coming," said Paul.

Paul has won a recording deal with Universal Republic Records and a grand prize of $100,000.

Paul closed the show with "I Believe I Can Fly," as he hugged his wife.

Watch Jermaine Paul perform "I Believe I Can Fly."

"I just wanted to give my best performance every time I hit the stage, and come from my heart, and it worked out," said Paul.

Did you watch "The Voice" finale? Did you vote for Jermanie Paul or were you rooting for someone else? What was your favorite performance this season?

(Information from the Associated Press and NBC News was used in this report.)

Fan of #TheVoice? Last's night's winner, @JermainePaul, was almost a member of the SU basketball team!

â?? Syracuse University (@SyracuseU) May 9, 2012