Davon Fleming – who thrilled audiences, but was eliminated as a finalist in the NBC singing competition “The Voice” – is getting another gig:
He will become a Baltimore city government consultant.
Under an agreement requested by Mayor Catherine Pugh on today’s Board of Estimates agenda, Fleming will be paid $65,000 to develop a youth arts program.
“As a consultant to the Mayor, Mr. Fleming will develop the operation of a program for City youth that focuses on the performing arts and community enrichment,” the spending board document says.
“Mr. Fleming will be paid at a rate of $45.00 per hour, not to exceed a total amount of $65,000,” the document says, providing no other descriptions of Fleming’s duties or the 26-year-old’s qualifications.
At her weekly press availability in City Hall today, Pugh introduced Fleming as the Grand Marshall of the city’s 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, scheduled Monday.
(Pugh originally announced she was replacing the parade with a day of service to be anchored by United Way of Maryland. Amid criticism, she restored the parade, which now will take place along with the “day of service” on Monday.)
Singer, Worship Leader
In a video that ran before his Voice audition in October, the Park Heights native said his upbringing “made me who I am today because I’m a fighter.”
He was eliminated from the show last month when the contestants went down from eight to four.
According to his biography published by NBC, Fleming is “a worship leader who assists with the musical arrangements for the church choir performances.”
Pugh organized a homecoming rally at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on December 20 to greet Fleming after he returned from the competition. ”You are a star. You’re Baltimore’s star,” she declared at the rally.
The mayor arranged to have him sing at her candlelight vigil for the families of homicide victims last month.
He also sang the National Anthem before the Baltimore Ravens regular season finale.
According to the BOE, Fleming started work as the mayor’s consultant last Wednesday (January 3) and will serve to January 3, 2019.
The spending board, chaired by City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, unanimously approved Fleming’s contract without comment or discussion.