Alicia Trevithick can’t believe it has taken this long for America to get acquainted with Lee Koch.
Koch performed Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” on NBC’s “The Voice” during Monday’s episode, the last of the show’s blind auditions. Celebrity coach Christina Aguilera selected the 27-year-old Temecula resident to be on her team of 12 to start the season.
“We’re like, ‘Why isn’t this guy famous? Why don’t more people know about him?’ He’s such a talented artist,” said Trevithick, co-owner of Great Harvest Bread Co. in Temecula with her husband Brad.
Up until recently, Koch has been a baker at Great Harvest. He and his wife Nicole started as employees last summer and worked for about six or seven months, including over the holidays. Koch was the morning baker and would arrive at 3:45 a.m. to make dough and bake the breads. Nicole supervised the counters in the morning.
“They’re a super neat couple,” Trevithick said. “They’re just really precious people. They are the cutest thing ever. And they’re both really talented.”
Trevithick further used adjectives like “genuine” and “ridiculously adorable” to describe the couple, who would kiss every time they passed by each other in the bakery.
And there were benefits to having a singer and musician working at the store.
“It’s a blast. We have dance parties back there. He’s really, really fun,” Trevithick said.
In addition to his musical talents, Trevithick said Koch’s dedication and loyalty for the job stood out.
“He really was fantastic. And he was so good at it, because he really cared,” she said. “It really mattered to him.”
Trevithick got to know the Koch family’s five siblings about three years ago after meeting Koch’s sister, Kristen. Both women had sons in the same kindergarten class. From there, Trevithick got to know the entire family. Kristen is now her best friend, while their brother James is a current baker at Great Harvest.
Trevithick said Lee and Nicole return to the bakery on occasion to help, and they may come back in the future. However both are busy pushing Koch’s music career, which he was ready to abandon as a career before “The Voice” came along.
She’s just glad more people will be able to experience Koch’s talent beyond his close family and friends and his local fans.
“It’s just a treat for all of us to have access to him all the time,” said Trevithick, who, with her husband, built a stage just for Koch to play on during their backyard parties.
On this Facebook page, Koch wrote he will be heading to Nashville in March. While Trevithick couldn’t reveal much, she said music is definitely Koch’s focus right now.
“I think (“The Voice”) really confirmed for him that, yeah, maybe I should keep pursing music for a while,” she said. “We couldn’t be more excited for him. We’re hoping for bigger and better things for them.”
Watch Koch’s progress on the show; “The Voice” airs at 8 p.m. Mondays.