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Interview with Sundance Head, winner of of "The
Voice" on NBC 12/15/16
Moderator: Austin Stack
2016 2:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank
you for standing by and welcome to The Voice Winner
conference call for press and media. During the presentation
all participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards
we will conduct a question and answer session. At the time
if you have a question please press the 1 followed by the 4
on your telephone. At any time during the call you need to
reach an operator please press Star Zero. As a reminder this
call is being recorded Thursday, December 15, 2016. And with
that I would like to turn the call over to Ms. Kaitlin
Blanco with The Voice PR. Please go ahead.
Blanco: Hi everyone. Thanks for joining our call
today.Joining us today from team Blake and the winner of
Season 11 we have Sundance Head. Out of respect for all
journalists queuing up please ask only one question at a
time. You will have the opportunity to follow-up. I will now
turn the call over to the question and answer portion. Go
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen if you would
like to register a question please press the 1 followed by
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please press the 1 followed by the 3. If you are using a
speakerphone please lift your handset before entering your
request. And with that our first question comes from the
line of (Emily Katharina) with (55 Mission). You may proceed
with your question.
Emily Katharina: Hello. Thank
you so much for taking this call today.
Head: Yes maíam.
Emily Katharina: Oh itís a
pleasure to talk to you today. I was wondering if there are
any songs in particular that you would have loved to have
covered during the show that you didnít get to and what that
Sundance Head: I wanted to cover ďGeorgia
on My MindĒ and I had been asking if I could do it for about
three weeks leading up to the finale. And I was just never
able to do it but itís one of my favorite songs of all time.
And I really wanted to have the opportunity to do it on the
Emily Katharina: Excellent pick. Well - oh
sorry? Well excellent choice. And thank you so much for
answering that question and best of luck to you.
Sundance Head: Thank you. Thank you very much.
Emily Katharina: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question
comes from the line Jamie Steinberg with Starry
Constellation Magazine. You may proceed with your question.
Jamie Steinberg: Hi. So such a pleasure to speak with
you and congratulations.
Sundance Head: Thank you.
Jamie Steinberg: So whatís the best piece of advice that
Blake gave you that you took to heart while you were on the
series and that youíll carry with you?
For me it was just to believe in my own abilities and my own
talent and trust what got me on to the show to begin with.
And to also, you know, take each song and try to connect
with an audience and to try to, you know, connect with the
lyric as much as possible when covering a song. And I tried
to do that the whole time.
Jamie Steinberg: All right
great. Thank you so much.
Sundance Head: Yes maíam.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Mark
Franklin with Voice Views. You may proceed with your
Mark Franklin: Itís (unintelligible)
Sundance. Congratulations on the win.
Mark Franklin: Hey I watched your post
show interview from Tuesday night. And you talked again
about how you felt like you were able to handle The Voice
better than American Idol because you were older and more
mature at this point. I was wondering if you could be a
little bit more specific and point to a couple of specific
situations that you thought you handled better on The Voice
then you might have if it was American Idol nine years ago?
Sundance Head: Well first of all I didnít really have an
identity as an artist even to myself. So that was the first
major problem with the whole thing. And secondly I didnít
realize how important it was to pick a genre of music or a
style of music and really to try to target a fan base and
try to continually target that fan base. On Idol I was all
over the place. And really none of it was any good. And I
took a lot of lessons. I learned from that and tried to
apply them to my life going forward. So thatís - those are
two of them.
I mean the list for me we could talk
about that all night long and itíd be a very lengthy
interview. Maybe one of these days we can get into that but
thereís just so many things I did wrong on that show. As a
person I wasnít a very good person to begin with so I was
selfish about a lot of things. You know, Iíve said before if
I could meet myself again Iíd probably punch myself in the
mouth. So not a very good dude, you know? But thankfully
Iíve had a reprisal and I get a second shot and hopefully I
can do things right this time.
Mark Franklin: Okay.
Well thank you very much and best of luck.
Head: Thanks buddy.
Operator: Our next question comes
from the line of Jeff Dodge with BuddyTV.com. You may
proceed with your question.
Jeff Dodge: Yes, hi
Sundance. Howís it going?
Sundance Head: Iím doing
wonderful buddy. How about you?
Jeff Dodge: Good. So
kind of looking back kind of each going each week was there
ever a week where you thought you might be going home?
Sundance Head: Well I didnít feel like I had a very
strong performance on ďBlue Ainít Your ColorĒ to be honest
with you. Whenever I went out to perform that song my guitar
was out of key in the beginning. So I wasnít sure what key I
needed to start in. And if you listen back to the actual
performance you can hear that something is wrong in the
beginning. Luckily for me (Paul) the bandleader bailed me
out of there and gave me the right note on his piano when he
wasnít even supposed to be playing. But theyíre such
professionals and Iím sure itís happened before he
immediately recognized what was going on and bailed me out.
But it certainly was embarrassing for me and a moment that I
would never like to have to go through again.
what I did also learn the most important part of that lesson
for me was when a show has a guitar tech and they bring you
your guitar and youíre going to go on stage itís in tune.
You donít have to check it to make sure itís in tune. And
that was my mistake. I wanted to make sure it was in tune so
I tried to double check it. And Jason Warrior was absolutely
killing everybody in there on stage. So my tuner wouldnít
pick up anything and I had already detoured. And so I was
just completely a mess. So that was the week I thought that
was it for me really.
Operator: Our next question
comes from the line of Rebecca Murray with ShowbizJunkies.
You may proceed with your question.
Good afternoon and congratulations.
Rebecca Murray: I was wondering first how
did you feel when they told you, you were going to be
singing with Kiss? And then what was it like to actually
take the stage with them?
Sundance Head: Well when
they told me I couldnít - I really was blown away that they
agreed to do it and even the fact that I was going to have
the opportunity really was amazing. My brother took me to
see them before he died a month before. And I rode his
shoulders for the whole concert so Iíve always had a really
strong emotional bond with Kiss, their music and so I
couldnít believe it.
And then when we ran through
rehearsals I was missing everything up. I just - I didnít
know - I was dropping lyrics. And I know all of their songs
and every lyric to it. I mean I could be the lead singer if
I had to. But when the minute when we were standing there I
just was I was so amazed that it was actually happening I
didnít really know where I was. The rehearsal was like one
of the most intense things that ever happened to me. It was
like the first time I had ever been alone with a girl in a
bedroom as a teenager I really just had no idea what to do
and I was just so overthrown with emotions and it just was
such a wreck.
Luckily Paul and Gene were such sweet
guys that they really talked to me and tried to calm me down
and tell me hey man, you know, weíre just dudes like you
man. And itís our honor to be up here with you. Just relax
and, you know, take it easy. And so I was able to take their
advice when the real performance went down. And still I even
got choked up a little bit didnít know if I was going to be
able to actually sing because I was actually crying. But I
donít think anybody could see that.
But as soon as -
I was standing underneath the drum riser before the when the
intro started when they kicked in to Detroit Rock City I
felt the risers moving. And the moment was so huge for me
that I just for a second thought I canít even - I canít
possibly go out there. But I knew I absolutely had to so I
did it somehow. But that besides marrying my wife and having
three children thatís probably the fifth most important
thing thatís ever happened to me in my entire life even more
important than winning The Voice I think was just having an
opportunity to play with kiss on stage as ridiculous as that
sounds thatís how much it meant to me.
And I know
thatís an experience that no matter what happens if I go on
to actually be famous or I donít do anything else for the
rest of my life thatís a moment in my life that I will never
be able to have again. And I know that. And itís - it was
such a thrill. And Iím just so thankful to NBC The Voice
that they allowed me that opportunity and Iím so thankful
that Kiss would agree to do that.
Well you sounded fantastic with them and congratulations
again on the win.
Sundance Head: Thank you very much.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Beth
Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World. You may proceed with your
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi Sundance.
Sundance Head: Hello. How are you doing?
Kwiatkowski: Iím great. So when you compare the success you
found on American Idol versus The Voice it sounds like you
took The Voice more seriously most likely due to personal
growth and, you know, more determination since you have a
family and everything. But how would you compare your talent
then and now? Like do you believe your voice has truly
gotten better as well as your performance ability and
everything that goes along with it?
Everything about me is better. I think as an artist right
now as a singer, songwriter and performer Iím probably at
50% of what I can be. And I think when I was on that show I
was probably at 5% maybe, maybe not even that good. Really I
donít even know how I ended up on that show. I tried out for
that show just on a whim. And really I had no talent. I mean
I really didnít know any songs. I couldnít really play
guitar. I didnít know myself as a human being much less as
an artist and I hadnít discovered my vocal abilities.
Really I donít think Iíve - I learned how to sing the
way I sing now up until probably about a year and a half to
two years ago when I noticed that I could really soar on
notes vocally and go kind of into operatic vibrato and
sustain on notes during chorusís and things which I had
never noticed before. And it just kind of happened. Iím not
even sure how. But once I realized that then thatís when I
started to write songs around the ability that I had
discovered and also, you know, use it in my daily operations
making a living back in Texas playing music. So I just tried
to make it better and better and better every opportunity
that I had.
And I know that itís going to get a lot
better still. And Iím very excited about, you know, having
that opportunity to grow as an artist and a vocalist with a
label the presumably will be behind me helping me discover
even more talents that I donít know about. So I mean yes
itís not even really a comparison. The experiences were so
much better. I was so much more prepared as a person. I knew
exactly what I wanted to do going into this. Exactly what
kind of strategy I had which was to sing. I was going to try
to cover as many female songs as I could that were females
that I thought were super wonderful singers with great
songs. And I tried to stick to that strategy as much as
possible and it did pay off for me.
And I had no plan
whatsoever going into American Idol at all. And so I also
was very ill-prepared for the record deal that I received
from Jolene Cherry Universal. And the record label seemed to
collapse rate around that time 2010 whenever the Internet
and everything was really taking off. And so they really
only kept the artists that were selling a lot of records for
them and everyone else kind of got cut out. And I held - I
used to hold a lot of resentment about that whole deal
towards Jolene and Universal. But, you know, now I realize
that probably most of the problem that was with that
contract lied within me and my immaturity as not only human
being but as an artist. And Iím just really thankful that I
may have the opportunity soon or even possibly one day to do
hug Jolene Cherry and personally thank you for the
opportunity that she gave me and to let her know that I
understand now that it was absolutely me that screwed that
whole thing up and not them at all which is ironic, you
Beth Kwiatkowski: Thatís great. Thank you
Sundance and congratulations.
Sundance Head: Thank
Operator: Our next question comes from the line
of MJ Santilli with Mjsbigblog.com. Please proceed with your
MJ Santilli: Congratulations Sundance.
Sundance Head: Thank you very much.
My favorite moment of the final performance on Monday was
the duet you did with Blake of your dadís song. And I read
that, that was a complete surprise to your dad that he had
no idea you were going to do that. Is that...
Sundance Head: I wanted - that is true. I wanted to surprise
him. I mean he had caught wind of something because he was
kind of poking around. He was asking (unintelligible) whatís
going on and other stuff. And so he knew something was up
but he didnít know really what was going to go down. And I
was just so thankful that Blake would allow me to do that. I
mean he wanted to do a duet song. They didnít know what song
that we wanted to do together. They pitched a couple of
songs to me. I had emailed Blake and said hey buddy what do
you think about doing ďTreat Her RightĒ my dadís song on the
show as a duet?
And without fail I mean he emailed
right back his reply was letís do it. And I was just so
excited to have the opportunity to bring my dad joy on a
national stage like that because I mean heís been doing
music his whole life. And thatís all heís done is bring
happiness to people and joy through music. And I know for me
personally heís been such a wonderful father and heís given
me so many talents and told me so many things itís like
having a mentor every day that you can ask questions to and
live with. And I know that Iíve been so blessed to have that
opportunity. And I just was so thrilled to be able to bring
him a little excitement.
MJ Santilli: Yes. It must
have been gratifying to bring that song back to a huge
audience some of which may have never heard the song before
and they were reintroduced to it?
Sundance Head: Yes.
I was really gratified about that. And I mean I still think
thatís one of the greatest songs ever. Itís just a simple
MJ Santilli: Loved it.
Head: ...itís got so much rock Ďn roll in it and so much
attitude and, you know, the hey heys in the chorus and the
screaming he did in the song. And to me it was just one of
the most iconic songs from the 60s I think, you know, of
course I have a biased opinion obviously.
But - and,
you know, and he - I have him to think for a lot of the
talents that I have. He was much older than all of the other
parents whenever I was growing up and he had been through a
lot more. And so he was always the cool dad. You know, and
he would treat me and my friends with a lot of respect like
we were just his buddies. And he introduced us to a lot of
music that we probably would have never even heard there
were, you know, maybe outdated for our generation or
something of that nature. But really we were fortunate to
have him in our life to show us the records that he had and
to spend the time to talk about what he liked about certain
artists and why he thought their music was popular. And I
certainly remember all of those conversations and try to use
them every day when I have the opportunity.
Santilli: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question
comes from the line of Beth Beacham with Hollywood Junket.
You may proceed with your question.
Beth Beacham: Hi
Sundance Head: Thank you
Beth Beacham: Oh sorry about that. I had
you on speakerphone. So I know you were on Blakeís team the
whole time but you must have some observations you noticed
with other teams. And I want to know what have you observed
that whatís different about Blakeís coaching style thatís so
Sundance Head: Well I donít - I canít
really speak on behalf of past coaching experiences. But
what I can tell you from what I noticed was for me at some
point he realized that I had a direction and a sound and an
arrangement style that I was looking for. And he allowed me
to pursue it with the band with (Paul) and the guys. And I
think thatís when I really started to ascend on the show as
far as the performances, and the song choices and the song
arrangements are concerned. And I could tell that it was
making an immediate difference.
I really canít - I
really donít know about the coaching styles of the other
coaches because I didnít experience that. I know that
thereís a lot of things I did see that I really admired from
the new female coaches. I really donít know much about
Adamís coaching style but I do know that Alicia and Miley
both were very engaged in rehearsals also wardrobe. They
were very, very personable with the artists that were on
their team. And they treated them with tons of respect. And
they really, really wanted to be involved in everyday
operations with their team. And that to me I thought was
outstanding from just an outsider view. I canít, you know, I
really wish I could answer that question a 100%. I just
really donít have anything that I could really comment on
regarding their coaching style because I didnít personally
receive anything from them.
I can tell you that
Alicia Keys gave me a ton of confidence whenever she gave me
the nod on her song ďNo One.Ē And when she received my
arrangement it really made me feel really wonderful and I
really could tell that we connected during that short amount
of time on that stage. And I also feel the same thing
happened between Miley and I when I covered her song. I
think that she really enjoyed hearing it a different way
from someone else. And I know personally as a songwriter
that itís always flattering to hear someone cover your music
as long as they do it well. And so I knew how important it
was for me to go out there and have really good performances
on both of those songs. So it was an extremely huge
challenge for me and a thrill and something that I really
looked forward to and helped me to grow as an artist on the
Beth Beacham: Okay. And you guys are all so
greatly talented. And I know with Blake he has won the most.
So is there anything that you can pinpoint like that he has
been so, you know, done so well with so many people?
Sundance Head: Well I think Blake is just a badass. Heís
very sweet. Heís a very genuine guy. He makes you feel
really comfortable. You know, Iím not sure how much of it he
influenced me that I didnít even realize it just because
heís so casual with his delivery and his suggestions. So I
think Blakeís really sneaky. I mean he may make it look
like, you know, I was out there doing all of the heavy
lifting but it was probably his idea all along. And the only
one who knows that is probably Blake Shelton.
Beacham: Okay great. Thank you.
Sundance Head: No
Operator: Our next question comes from the
line of (Diana Spear) with (Celeb Secrets). You may proceed
with your question.
Diana Spear: Hello?
Sundance Head: Hello. How are you doing?
Spear: Hello. Hi. Good how are you?
Iím doing wonderful.
Diana Spear: So
congratulations amazing news. And I was wondering
(unintelligible) American Idol youíve evolved a lot as an
artist. But when it came to actually winning The Voice do
you think that the song made all of the difference because,
you know, it was your dadís song? And also did you feel like
you did it justice during that performance?
Head: I think that I did have a lot of momentum going into
the last episode especially the finale. For me I felt like
everything was lining up the way that it should have been.
It was the right time for me. I had been - I was being
rewarded from the world. And I had been putting a lot into
everything that had led up to that day. And I really felt
like my hard work was finally paying off. The song choices
that they gave me and, you know, from playing my dadís song,
to being able to play with Kiss, to singing ďAt LastĒ for my
finale song, and to be able to sing my original song
ďDarliní Donít GoĒ which I wrote by myself for the love of
my life it just felt like it was just too perfect.
mean I thought it had to be going the right direction but
you still have to tell yourself thereís a possibility that
maybe you wonít win. So I just tried to keep it at an even
keel and not really get to sure of anything really. So - but
I certainly could feel an energy that I hadnít felt before.
And I could tell that people around me were feeling that
energy because the other contestants were making comments
about certain things, and people were predicting me to win
all of a sudden and there was just a huge change in
everything. And I really do owe it most of it to the finale
performance. But I had told myself if there was any - if I
had any shot and if there was any way that I was going to
come down to the wire on the show I was going to do
everything that I could do to make sure that when I left the
stage and I walked off from The Voice that I did not have a
single regret. And I did that every time to be
Diana Spear: Does that mean
excuse me - amazing. And does it mean that deep down you did
have a gut feeling that told you I might be able to win
Sundance Head: I did. I actually - it was
actually the day of the results show when I thought I might
win. And I got extremely scared and come to the realization
that maybe I would win. And I was completely unprepared for
winning because I have thought that Wť and Billy were going
to win. They - on social media they had thousands and
thousands of more people that were following them, and
tagging them and that - and liked their pages and things.
And I had hinged most of the - this on that aspect of
the media. Of course I was completely wrong. And I seemed to
be wrong about a lot of things mostly by the sometimes I get
things right. And I could tell that the songs that we chose
were the right songs. And I really felt like if I couldnít
win after the performance I gave Monday then I just canít
win period because I know that there was nothing I could
have done any better than what I did on Monday ever. And I
felt real good about that.
And I prayed to the Lord.
And I just told him, you know, whatever path you lay for me
is the path Iím going to take. Iím not even going to
question it. If I win I win if I donít win I donít win. Iíll
just have to, you know, just continue to try to grow as an
artist, a father, and a husband and a human and just try to
get better and to have more positive things happen to me.
And Iíve also realized that if you have positive thoughts
and you walk in a positive line of thought throughout your
day a lot of positive things happen just from thinking that
way. Itís just funny how you can just think that positive
things are going to happen and have really positive thoughts
all day and then youíll find at the end of the day that a
lot of times just your train of thought determines the
outcome of a lot of the small moments in your daily activity
that you may not realize. And thatís one of the things that
I realized over the summer that Iím going to carry with me
for the rest of my life and try to apply every day. And Iím
really thankful that I was able to see that.
Diana Spear: Thatís great. Congratulations. Weíre so happy for
you and best of luck for the rest of your career. We really
wish you the best.
Sundance Head: Thank you. Thank
you very much. And I can totally see your face right now. I
absolutely know who you are.
Diana Spear: I know.
Thank you. Itís so great meeting you. Youíre amazing.
Sundance Head: All right, thank you.
Our next question comes from the line of Mark Franklin with
VoiceViews. Please proceed with the question.
Franklin: Yes Sundance I was wondering if you could talk a
little bit about song choice. Were most of the songs that
you wound up singing your idea, or where the songs you were
given were there any you were a little bit skeptical of?
Just talk a little bit about that if you would?
Sundance Head: Sure, most of the time they were my ideas. I
can tell you that ďMe and JesusĒ was Blakeís idea. He said
hey guy - well the song per se wasnít but his idea to do a
gospel song was totally his idea. He said Sundance I think
right now is a good time for us to do a gospel song. I think
people want to hear one right now. Thereís a lot going on in
America right now and people are divided. And they donít
really I think even know why anymore. And I think we just
need to bring it back around and try to, you know, really
have a positive message about love, and unity and, you know,
And so I immediately said well thatís a great
idea. And the original song that we were going to do was a
different song let me see here when Jesus - oh ďOh Happy
DayĒ was actually the one we were going to do first. But the
song only had a verse and a chorus and it would just repeat
and repeat and repeat. So I told Blake I said man Iím not
sure that thatís the right one. So we ended up going with ď
No OneĒ by Alicia Keys that week which was the backup song
for me. Thatís the one I wanted to do but Blake wanted to do
the gospel. So we were going to do ďOh Happy DayĒ but it
didnít work out because the arrangement just - there wasnít
enough stuff going on. It was too simple. So we ended up
doing ďNo oneĒ by Alicia Keys.
And that song really
changed everything for me. So then the very next week we
went in to revisit the gospel theme. And we agreed to do ď
Me and Jesus.Ē I took it to my room and I immediately heard
a bluegrass barnburner revival type of arrangement on it. I
recorded it, emailed it over to him said what do you think?
And he goes man I think itís great. We got with the band. We
went over it. They equally liked it. And then, you know, the
rest is history.
I told Blake from then on I said I
know what weíre going to do man. Every song that we have
from now on till the end of time - till the end of the show
as long as Iím on it weíre going to go out and weíre going
to sing songs that have positive messages about unity, love,
respect, you know, anything that has to do with just really
And so I knew immediately what kind of
ride we were going to take. And so that - so it really
changed everything for us I think. And it was a message that
kind of stumbled upon us by accident but we immediately
recognized it. And he as a coach immediately saw the
demographic and knew that, that may be the demographic that
we could win. Of course middle America probably votes the
most, you know, because East Coast is busy and West Coast is
late. I mean thatís a no-brainer really. So thatís just one
of those things that Blake knew. He just knew that. And his
intuitions were right. And thatís one of the reasons why
heís the most winning coach of The Voice.
Franklin: And that was a great performance.
Head: Thank you buddy. Okay I feel like...
Sundance Head: No problem man. I really
felt like just the Holy Ghost on that song man. I mean I
joked about that. I wanted to have a religious mosh pit but
I felt like I was fired up man. I mean I was really fired
up. I was shaking a little bit. I really felt moved during
Mark Franklin: Yes. That was one of
my favorite performances from the entire season.
Sundance Head: Thanks buddy.
Mark Franklin: Yes, best
Sundance Head: Thank you man.
Operator: Our next question comes from Jeff Dodge with
BuddyTV.com. Please proceed with your question.
Dodge: Sundance so you mentioned a little bit ago about your
original song and how personal it is to you. Had you written
that before The Voice or did you write that while youíre on
Sundance Head: No. I wrote that before The
Voice. That song is on the record we just released earlier
this summer before I went on the show. Itís from the record
titled Soul Country which was going to be our breakout
record to the Texas music scene. And it was. We were
nominated for song of the year with ďDarliní Donít Go.Ē And
I got nominated for New Male Vocalist and New Entertainer of
the Year. I guess I couldnít go to the music awards and I
couldnít really promote it so - because I was on the show.
So I just kind of let things just kind of slide by but I was
just thrilled that it was recognized by the people back in
Texas that I admired and that I was working so hard to get
their attention. But thereís a couple of songs on that Soul
Country record that I wrote for Misty.
One of them is
a single that I had out now back in Texas called ď13 yearsĒ
which was about our wedding anniversary. And this - sheís
such an inspiration to me. And sheís - I canít say it
enough. I mean she really is everything to me. And any
success that I have people need to understand that Iím
really probably not even part of it. Itís mostly just
because she believed to me that much that she pressed me and
gave me the strength that it takes to go out and do it. And
I mean I can tell you one thing if Misty could sing she
would have already taken over the world. I can promise you
that. Thatís the kind of ambition that she has. Sometimes I
wonder why she even, you know, married me to begin with
really so Iím just thankful thatís all.
And yes. And speaking of songs like how - whatís itís been
like to see, you know, various songs that youíve covered on
the show to see them do so well on the iTunes chart?
Sundance Head: Well thatís really what itís all about man. I
just want to have the opportunity to have people hear me
create, do music make art. And I really pride myself on
being able to take someone elseís song and make it my own.
And thatís something that Iíve been doing now for a couple
of years in our live shows. If you come and see my band and
we play live usually I play mostly covers and then Iíll
throw, you know, 20% of I mean mostly originals and Iíll put
20% of covers in there.
And a lot of times people
donít even realize that whatís going on they donít know the
difference because it all sounds like Sundance Head. And
thatís really important to me. Itís something that I believe
really distinguishes me from the other contestants. I know
exactly what I sound like, what I want to sound like, what
Iím good at what makes me sound the best. And for me Iím
just lucky that Iíve been able to recognize that recently.
And so itís important for me to find out what those virtues
are and exploit them on the stage whenever I have that
opportunity and everythingís really coming together for me
at the right time. And it should. And thatís the way things
I mean Iíve tried to force myself along -
for a lot of times Iíve tried to force everything. Iíve
demanded people listen to me. I mean how can you believe it,
you know, why this happened? Why wonít these people get
behind me? Why wonít this promotion company help me? And
once I let all of that go and just started to make music
again for my own pure enjoyment and just for my own soul
thatís when I began to notice everything was changing for me
in a positive manner. And I just hope that I can continue to
recognize those things whenever they appear to me going
Jeff Dodge: Okay great. Well good luck going
Sundance Head: Thanks buddy.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Nicholas
Roman with Rickey.org. Please proceed with your question.
Nicholas Roman: Hello Sundance. Congratulations on the
Sundance Head: Hey thanks buddy. What can I
do for you today?
Nicholas Roman: Sure I just wanted
to ask what was your favorite performance from a contestant
on another team?
Sundance Head: Oh man thatís easy.
Man that has to be Wť on the finale when she did that
Broadway tune. I just really I thought - I saw her do that
in rehearsal ďDonít Rain on My ParadeĒ I believe is the name
of it. When I seen that in rehearsal I mean Iíve got to tell
you Iíve never seen anything like that. And sheís only 16 or
17 years old. I could tell you right now I was completely
blown away. And sheís going to be famous.
You guys if
thereís anything that weíre getting from this interview
today please make sure that you guys remember when I tell
you that Wť McDonald is going to be famous. And thatís the
bottom line. Her talent I mean just to be able to remember
those lyrics I mean it was like three or four pages of
lyrics. There was seven different tempo changes in that
song. She delivered it like a master. Like she had been
doing it for 20 or 30 years, it was effortless to her. And
you can see the love for music on her face. I mean she sang
through her teeth while she was smiling. Itís like sheís a
freaking seasoned pro, you know, sheís a killer. And thatís
why really thought that she was going to beat me. I would
have not felt sad one minute. She definitely deserves to be
in the limelight and she will be no doubt about it.
Nicholas Roman: And not to put you on the spot but okay so
you performed songs by the other coaches Miley and Alicia
but if you were to have done an Adam Levine song do you know
what kind of - or what song you would have done?
Sundance Head: Well, you know, I donít know man. Adam songs
are very poppy. Maroon 5 to me itís, you know, I think when
I hear him sing a lot man I donít know if other people
relate to this like I do but I really hear like Michael
Jackson. I mean Iím not sure why but I just do, his
phrasing, his tone, his delivery the way you can kick so
much ass in the falsetto. And I just, you know, I have
considered doing a couple of different songs but I thought
really that, that was dangerous territory for me because his
voice is - itís - his voice is so absolutely unique I didnít
really want to even take a chance to go that direction.
Nicholas Roman: Oh I understand. Well thanks so much sir
and have a great day and congratulations on all this. This
Sundance Head: Thanks a lot buddy. And you
have a Merry Christmas.
Operator: Our next question
comes from the line of Krista Chain with The TV MegaSite. Please
proceed with your question.
Krista Chain: Hi
Sundance. How are you?
Sundance Head: Iím doing
great. Iím fixing to put my pants on and go meet with
Universal Music Group for a meet and greet somewhere that
Iím having to walk to down New York Sixth Avenue at night
while itís snowing so...
Krista Chain: Oh no.
Sundance Head: ...Iím kind of nervous about that whole deal.
But I did bring a pocket knife just in case.
Chain: Well I apologize. I was a couple of minutes late to
the call. But my question was it looked like that you and
Blake had a pretty good relationship. I was just wondering
what your favorite moment with Blake was?
Head: Well I had many favorite moments with Blake and most
of them were off camera and probably the conversations were
very candid. So I mean heís a really sweet guy. Heís a very
big time joker. He tells a lot of bad dirty jokes that
really arenít funny. He - his sense of humor is just - very
different. A lot of times he says things just to make
himself laugh I think. I really do. Like Iím sure Blake
could just make himself laugh all day if he was alone
somewhere by just speaking to himself in the mirror. I mean
thatís the kind of guy he is.
Heís a very, very, very
sweet dude very laid-back guy. I would probably say my
favorite absolute favorite moment probably for me is
whenever he came to my side up there during that press
conference at the end and was asking the record label to
absolutely do what they could to make sure that they held up
their end of the bargain. I thought that was very admirable.
Thatís something that he certainly didnít need to do. And it
just reaffirmed everything that I had believed all along
which is this guy is a badass. He deserves to be peoples
champion because he is the peopleís champion.
mean for me and nothing against the other coaches and
theyíre all very nice but I think Blake is pretty much the
whole show. I mean everything hinges around him and just
what a cool guy he is man and how likable that he is. And
itís just - itís very entertaining to me to look at him when
he does these skits and does all these things to make him
not necessarily come off as the smartest guy all of the time
which he absolutely is the smartest guy all of the time. In
fact itís all of us thatís getting played mostly you know?
But heís got it figured out man. Heís just a great
character and he knows that. And he knows when to turn it on
and went to turn it off. And Iíve just been I think really
Iím just really proud that I was able to build a
relationship with Blake that I know that weíre going to
have, you know, throughout this whole thing and probably for
the rest of my life. You know, after I won we had a press
conference I was whisked off with my family and Blake went
his direction. And that could have very well been the end of
everything. I may have never spoken to him again. But Blake
texted me later that night and said hey Sundance hereís my
phone number, store me on your phone make sure you call me
if thereís anything you ever need. And just to let you know
man thatís the kind of guy the Blake is every day. And Iím
sure Iím not the only person that feels like heís reached
out to me both as a mentor but also as a friend.
Krista Chain: Okay great. And I wanted to tell you I really
enjoyed your performances.
Sundance Head: Thank you
very much. Where are you from?
Krista Chain: Iím from
Sundance Head: I can tell. I can tell. I
love the way you talk.
Krista Chain: Thank you.
Sundance Head: You all have a good one.
Chain: You too.
Sundance Head: All right.
Operator: At this time I would like to turn the call back
over to Ms. Kaitlin Blanco.
Kaitlin Blanco: All right
then that wraps our call for today. Thanks everyone. Enjoy
the rest of your day.
Operator: Ladies and gentleman
that does conclude the call for today. We thank you for your
participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.
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