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Interview with Chloe Kohanski of "The Voice" on
NBC UNIVERSAL Moderator: Abby Freemire
December 20, 2017
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you
for standing by. Welcome to The Voice Winner Press and Media
Conference Call. During the presentation, all participants
will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a
question and answer session.
At that time if you have
a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
telephone. If at any time during the conference you need to
reach an Operator, please press star 0.
I would now
like to turn the conference over to Abby Freemire from The
Voice PR. Please go ahead.
Abby Freemire: Hi
everyone. Thank you so much for taking the time to join our
call today. If youíd like a transcript, feel free to email
me at AFreemire@mprm.com. And out of respect for all
journalists, please try to ask only one question at a time.
And youíll have a chance to follow up. And on the line we
have The Voice winner, Chloe Kohanski. And I will now turn
it over for questions for her.
Operator: Ladies and
gentlemen, if youíd like to register a question please press
the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You will hear a
three-tone prompt to acknowledge your request.
your question has been answered and you would like to
withdraw your registration, please press the 1 followed by
the 3. If youíre using a speakerphone, please lift your
handset before entering your request. One moment please for
the first question which comes from the line of Mark
Franklin from Voice Views. Please go ahead.
Franklin: Yes, Chloe congratulations.
Kohanski: Thank you so much, Mark. Thank you.
Franklin: Hey. I saw the interview you did right after the
show last night where you said the first thing you want to
do is start working on an album. I was wondering if you
could share a little bit more about your vision for that
album and the sound youíll be going for.
Kohanski: Well I think itís pretty clear, you know. Iíve
stayed true to the path that I started the show on and I
just want to make music that kind of stands the test of
time. I want to bring classic rock back into pop culture. So
I want to kind of blend the older, timeless sound with some
modern influences as well and, you know, really just kind of
do my take on the sounds that I have been covering. You
know, itís one thing to cover other peopleís songs that are
already so brilliant, but to actually be able to create and
write songs like that is the true proof of an artist. So Iím
excited to just start dreaming it up and working on it.
Mark Franklin: Yes. And have you already written some
songs for a potential project or do you have some friends
maybe back in Nashville youíre hoping to work with on a
Chloe Kohanski: I mean yes, I definitely
have songs and I definitely have people that Iíd love to
work with. Iím not really sure what the plan is moving
forward with the record. I havenít even had the meeting yet.
So Iím sure itís going to be great. Iím sure itís going to
involve a lot of different people and, you know, hopefully a
lot of different influences. So I think whatever happens is
going to be an amazing record, which Iím going to try really
hard to make sure I actually get the record, you know? I
want to make a record. Thatís what I want. Thatís why Iím
Mark Franklin: Right. Okay. Well, thank
you very much and congratulations again and best of luck.
Chloe Kohanski: Thank you so much.
The next question comes from the line of MJ Santilli from
MJís Big Blog. Please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Hi,
Chloe. Iím just wondering, I know that you worked with Miley
Cyrus and Blake Shelton. Could you talk a little bit about
the differences between being on those two teams?
Chloe Kohanski: Yes, Mileyís super awesome. Started out on
her team and, you know, sheís just incredible. Sheís a
visionary, a creator. And she has a lot of vision for
performances and specific ideas. And I think that although
Iím not sure what it would have looked like if I would have
finished the season with Miley, I think, you know, weíre
both so creative that there might have been moments where it
might have gotten a little hectic.
So Iím really
glad that Blake stole me because working with him has been
incredible. Heís really just showed me how to stay true to
myself as an artist, not to compromise my vision, and just
to be myself. And he lets me kind of do my thing, you know?
He doesnít really have too much to say in regard to what Iím
wearing or how Iím doing my hair or, you know, the lighting
or the set design because Iím very hands-on with all of
that. And heís really let me have the freedom and liberty to
do that. So I wouldnít have wanted things to go any
MJ Santilli: Did you learn anything
musically from him?
Chloe Kohanski: Yes, musically I
learned how to get out of my own head and just feel the
music and have fun. Blake is a really light hearted, funny
guy and I can get pretty serious when it comes to music --
in a good way, but sometimes in a negative a way. So really
he is just 100% and he just had a good time when he
performed. Itís what he loves and itís who he is. And heís
really challenged me to, you know, incorporate that into my
artistry as well, just letting it be a fun experience.
MJ Santilli: Cool. Thanks.
Chloe Kohanski: Thank
Operator: The next question comes from the line
of Beth Beacham with Hollywood Junket. Please go ahead.
Beth Beacham: Hi, Chloe. Congratulations.
Kohanski: Thank you so much.
Beth Beacham: Thank you
for answering our questions. I was curious, do you have any
bit of a backstory to how they got Billy Idol?
Kohanski: Well, we turn in a list of people that we would
love and be honored to perform with. And it was a pretty big
list that I sent in, but I know Billy Idol was on my list. I
didnít know if that was a possibility but apparently Billy
reached out to The Voice and when it was kind of put on his
radar that he was one of my inspirations, he reached out to
The Voice and told them when he was available to record a
performance and we made it happen. And I got to kind of hang
out with him backstage before we went on. He was so awesome,
so down to earth. And really just got to talk to him and
tell him that his type of singing, his style really
influences me as an artist. And I want to be half as cool as
him. He is just the coolest guy ever.
Great. And I loved your reaction when you found out. Thank
you and best of luck.
Chloe Kohanski: Yes. I was
very emotional just because, you know, thatís something that
really to me goes beyond this show and itís more of just an
actual moment. Me being able to sing with a legend like
Billy Idol is huge and Iíll carry that with me for the rest
of my life.
Beth Beacham: Thank you.
Kohanski: Thank you so much.
Operator: The next
question comes from the line of Mark Franklin with Voice
Views. Please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Yes, Chloe I
was wondering if you could tell us a little bit more about
your involvement with the Vegas show -- how long youíre
going to be with that show, how you see that working out
with also working on an album at the same time.
Chloe Kohanski: So unfortunately probably not the answer
that youíre probably looking for, but I have been told
little to no details about the Vegas process. The only thing
that we were told is that whoever wins gets the opportunity
to be involved with the Vegas show and a part of it at some
point. I have no idea the duration or the date. I know it
starts in the spring and that itís going to be incredible,
but I donít know for sure what my involvement in the
residency will be, but I would be stoked to be a part of it
in whatever way I can.
And yes, if that means
traveling to Vegas to perform throughout the week or over
the course of a month or two or whatever that looks like
while working on the beginning stages of a record -- which
is my plan to kind of, you know, navigate through both of
those, because it is possible to work on more than just one
project at once. Weíve been doing it on the show this whole
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much.
Chloe Kohanski: Yes, thank you.
next question comes from the line of MJ Santilli with MJís
Big Blog. Please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Hi again. I
was wondering if you could talk a little bit about your
original song, Wish I Didnít Love You. Did you and Blake
choose it together? Did you have more than one song to
Chloe Kohanski: Yes. So basically, you
know, everything moved really fast. I mean, it went from the
eight to the top four. We had to instantly find songs that
were ready to be performed live on television and also
pretty much in 24 hours ready to record it in a studio. I
had sent in a couple of original songs of my own that were
not finished. They were about maybe 40-50% done. And we just
really didnít have the time to commit to really building a
track, getting everybody on the same page. So they enlisted
people to help us find songs and get the license to perform
on national television. They actually emailed me a demo of
Wish I Didnít Love You and they said this is, you know,
something that we feel like is similar to what you sent in,
but itís finished, itís ready to go. And itís a super big
song and itís very emotional and it seems right up your
And I listened to it and literally I was
speechless because I just felt instantly so connected with
the storyline of that song. Itís exactly what I want to do
as an artist. I want to tell stories and I want to make
music that almost feels timeless and feels like itís from
another decade. You know what I mean? And that song to me
really represented that. It was a pretty big ballad and I
donít just want to be a ballad singer but I had sang quite a
few ballads on the show and I think people like that
And as far as subject matter it
doesnít matter who you are. Everybody has fallen in love or
been, you know, happy in love and then also falling out of
love, going through those emotions. And itís one thing to
say I love you to someone, but to actually admit to yourself
that you wish you didnít love him, thatís a whole other kind
of level of pain. And everybody experiences that at some
point in life even if itís not romantic. Itís totally a
topic that needs to be discussed and talked about. And yes,
I think I love that song so much and Iím so happy people
reacted the way they did and that it also helped them think
through that song.
MJ Santilli: And the duet you did
with Blake, did you come together on that? Did you decide
Chloe Kohanski: Well I was wondering
all season what we were going to sing together because our
voices are so different, but I was also so excited. Blake
actually emailed me and was like, what do you think about
Roy Orbison and Youíve Got It? And I was like wow I love it
because it had the sort country, old school kind of shuffle
and groove that Blake sounds so nice on, but then also like
a bluesy, kind of rock, fun, upbeat kind of attitude. And so
I was very onboard with that song and it was so much fun to
perform it. And I felt like our voices blended really nicely
MJ Santilli: Yes, they did. It was a good
choice. Thank you.
Chloe Kohanski: Thank you.
Operator: The next question comes from the line of Beth
Beacham with Hollywood Junket. Please go ahead.
Beacham: Hi again. So you started out on Team Miley and got
onto Team Blake. So my question was do they have any, I
mean, they seem more competitive than the artists on the
show, Iíve noticed. They donít give you any type of input.
Like Miley for instance, did she ever give you any more
input after that point? Or was it just like once youíve left
a team, is that it?
Chloe Kohanski: Well I mean, you
know, probably just for the sake of everybody kind of
respecting each otherís boundaries, whenever you move to
another team as far as input goes, you donít really discuss
that with any other coach. Does that make sense?
Beacham: Yes. Yes, it makes sense.
Yes. So I definitely talked to Miley and had a great
conversation with her I think on Sunday night or yes, Sunday
night. And I had a great conversation with her, but it was
just about life and about personal stuff. And it was just
like in person in the artist tent, you know, behind the
And I think, you know, speaking about the
songs and the performances is more so just between you and
your coach because it is a competition. But I feel like they
do a good job of knowing when to kind of give their opinion
as far as after your performance and not so much giving
Beth Beacham: Right. And did you
notice any differences in coaching styles that Blake had
between you and with Red?
Chloe Kohanski: To be
honest, no. I think Blake Shelton was the same with me and
with Red and with everybody every season of the show. I
mean, I feel like he just always lets artists just do their
thing. He lets them be themselves. And that is my answer for
when people ask how Blake Shelton has won so many seasons.
Iím like well, if you pay attention to what he does, he
really doesnít get in the way of the artist. He just lets
them do their thing on the show and celebrates who they are.
Heís never asked me to change or be anything other than
Chloe. And I think thatís awesome.
Okay, great. Thank you.
Chloe Kohanski: Thank you.
Operator: The next question comes from the line of
Mark Franklin with Voice Views. Please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Hey Chloe. I had one more question. I know
you were part of a blues band for a while before The Voice.
And then you were part of a duo that seemed more singer and
songwriter-ish from what I could tell. When did this become
your lane? When did you discover this sound and this is what
I should be doing?
Chloe Kohanski: Truthfully when I
was in a blues band, I was in the band when I was a lot
younger and I was in that band for over ten years. And we
only played straight up blues for about six months. So it
wasnít a blues band. It was a blues rock band and we were
blues influenced just like rock music is blues influenced.
So we quickly started playing Led Zeppelin, a little bit of
Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac. Thatís when I really started
to resonate with Stevie Nicks. And that is something that
Iíve done on The Voice. So I think Iíve always been a rock
singer. Just as blues progressed into rock, I started
listening to blues that progressed into rock. So itís always
been in there. It just took me a minute but this is the lane
that I feel like I am supposed to be in.
Franklin: Okay, great. Canít wait to hear that original
Chloe Kohanski: Yes. Thank you so much.
Operator: The next question comes from the line of MJ
Santilli with MJí Big Blog. Please go ahead.
Santilli: Hi again. I know you covered a lot of classic rock
songs on the show. But I was wondering if you could talk
about what some of your contemporary influences are.
Chloe Kohanski: To be honest, I donít listen to
contemporary music. I donít listen to a lot of contemporary
rock. Thereís a certain element to classic rock that I donít
think is around anymore. Itís like missing in the industry
right now. And Iím not sure like as far as an influencer of
my music if I have a specific modern artist or band that I
would say. But I listen to a lot of modern music but it's
just all types of genres. Like rap music. I listen to
Sizzle. I listen to (Tamen Bola). I listen to Rihanna. I
mean, I listen to like everything under the sun. And I
actually love just to put it all together and kind of listen
to it as it like as a mix because it all influences me and
the way I feel. But the music that I want to make I feel
like is I have to look to the past to kind of bring
inspiration from that.
MJ Santilli: Okay. Yes.
Operator: We have a question on the line of
Beth Beacham with Hollywood Junket. Please go ahead.
Beth Beacham: Hi Chloe. One more question. So Brooke
mentioned in an earlier interview that had you stayed on
Team Miley, that viewers most likely wouldíve credited Miley
more for your, you know, your creative ability on the show
as far as your songs and how you - I mean, you said Blake
gives a lot of freedom. But I was curious what you thought
of that comment. Do you think that necessarily would have
been true had you stayed on Team Miley?
Kohanski: Yes, I mean I totally agree. Miley actually said
that to Brooke and to me on stage after one of the shows.
She said that she was really glad everything worked out the
way that it did, because if I would have stayed on her team,
even if she would have let me do whatever I wanted to do, it
always would have been attached to well, Mileyís really out
there. Mileyís really good. So Miley probably came up with
the idea. But working with Blake allowed me to really do my
own thing and get the credit that I feel like I earned from
creating my own kind of experience and feeling for each song
and each performance. So yes, I totally agree with that very
true statement. I think everything worked out exactly the
way that it was supposed to.
Beth Beacham: Great.
Thank you. Best of luck.
Chloe Kohanski: Thank you
Operator: There are no further questions at
this time. I will now turn the call back to you. Please
continue with the presentation and/or closing remarks.
Abby Freemire: Thank you. That wraps our call for today.
And thank you again so much everyone for taking time out of
your day to join the call. We really appreciate it. And have
a great rest of your day.
Chloe Kohanski: Thank you.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the
conference call for today. We thank you for your
participation and ask that you please disconnect your line.
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