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Interview with Troy Ramey of "The
Voice" on NBC 4/26/17
Moderator: Kaitlin Blanco
2017 1:00pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank
you for standing by and welcome to The Voice Elimination
Press and Media Call.
During the presentation, all
participants will be in 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 you need to reach an
Operator, please press star 0.
As a reminder, the
conference is being recorded today Wednesday April 26, 2017.
Iíd now like to turn the conference over to Kaitlin Blanco.
Please go ahead.
Kaitlin Blanco: Hi everyone. Thanks
for joining our call today. If you would like a transcript,
you can email me at KBlanco@mprm.com.
today from Team Gwen we have Troy Ramey. Out of respect for
all journalists queueing 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 ahead.
Operator: Thank you very much.
Ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to register a question
once again please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
And our first question is from
Bobby Jones, The New Music Buzz. Please go ahead, sir. I
Bobby Jones: Hey, Troy. How are you
Troy Ramey: Hi. Good. How are you?
Bobby Jones: Okay. Quick, so do you think that song choice
had some type of merit on you getting taken out on this
Troy Ramey: Probably. But I think it also
comes down to, you know, popularity contest a little bit,
which is okay, you know? I knew that going into it.
Obviously, the younger kids are a lot more active on Twitter
and people that may have loved what I did may not be in that
demographic where theyíre quick to get on Twitter and do an
instant save. You know, itís just the way it works.
But like song choice - if people want to talk about my song
choice, itís still number one on the iTunes rock chart so
itís like, you know, maybe it wasnít good enough for the
demographic of the show, but like people are buying the song
and love what I do and Iím very proud.
No, of course, and that was the thing. Itís like, you got to
do what you wanted to do and thatís what made it so amazing.
And I wish more people wouldíve voted. But, thank you.
Troy Ramey: Yes. Thank you very much.
Operator: And our next question is from
MJ Santilli with MJís Big Blog. Please go ahead.
Santilli: Hi, Troy.
Troy Ramey: Hi. How are you?
MJ Santilli: Good. What was your thinking when you chose
Troy Ramey: Well, you know, Iíve always
loved that song. And obviously, you know, you got to kind of
- you have to pick a song that you donít really have a
chance to change at all because itís a last chance song. You
donít get an opportunity to really put that much effort into
So, I felt like it was a great fit for me to
showcase the soulful side of my voice. And, you know, itís
kind of hard to pick one song that represents you, but I
felt like that was kind of a contrast to the other songs
Iíve done on the show. And Iím really proud with how it went
and, you know, I donít have any regrets about it at all.
MJ Santilli: Thanks, Troy.
Troy Ramey: Thank
Operator: And our next question is from Beth
Kwiatkowski, Reality TV World. Please go ahead.
Kwiatkowski: Hi, Troy. Thanks so much for taking the time
for this today.
Troy Ramey: Of course. Thank you.
Beth Kwiatkowski: So, Iíd like to know if you were
surprised that you landed in the bottom two to begin with.
And then, what did you think your chances were, being saved?
Were you ultimately surprised to be eliminated?
Ramey: I was a little surprised to land in the bottom two
because, you know, I was really happy with the way that Free
Falliní went and it was doing so well on the charts. Itís
still number one on the rock chart. And I think it peaked in
the 50s on the overall chart.
So just, you know, itís
one of those things where my goal when I came to the show
was to make it into the top 12. And I did that. And I was
okay going home either way because I have a career in music
that was there before I came to The Voice and it will always
be there after this. And so, I never hung my hat on this as
like a last chance opportunity. Itís just The Voice for me
was a way to get more people to see my music that I wrote
about my life. And so, to be in the bottom two or the top
two doesnít matter to me.
I did know, you know, when
I was standing up there next to Mr. Handsome, Mark Isaiah, I
knew I probably had no shot, so I was kind of okay going
home at that moment.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Just because
of the kids voting on Twitter (unintelligible) earlier?
Troy Ramey: Yes. I knew I had no shot against him
because heís so popular. And heís a good friend of mine. And
itís actually kind of funny because I became good friends
with him. Heís such a young, humble, talented kid that I
dedicated like my Instagram stories to being like a fake
fanboy of him. Itís kind of like the funniest thing because
all day every day I was just like teasing him and then we
end up there on stage together and it was kind of a cool
moment. Iím happy that heís the one that kicked me out.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Yes. Thatís ironic. Well, thank you
Troy Ramey: Thank you.
Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder for questions please
press 1 4. Our next question is from Beth Beacham, Hollywood
Junket. Please go ahead.
Beth Beacham: Hi, Troy.
Thank you so much for being on the phone call.
Ramey: Of course. Thank you.
Beth Beacham: So,
during the knockouts -- going back to the knockout round --
Gwen mentioned that there was more of you that she hadnít
seen yet, and then also she mentioned last night about your
hilarious side that sheíd like to bring out more. And with
such limited time that you guys have on the show, is there a
solution to that? Like or were you strategizing to bring out
more of yourself to show to America?
Yes. I mean, itís impossible really because, you know, first
of all Iím not in control of how everything gets edited. So,
like there are definitely moments where things shine but
for, you know, the story line that the show needs to
achieve, may not include the part of me that I want to get
But, itís also a serious thing when, you
know, thereís a lot on the line because you want to try to
get to the point quickly. And music is very serious. So, I
always kind of felt a challenge to try to include humor in
serious music. But I do that in my life and my private life
and social media. And I try to, you know, I do think if
people really saw like the actual side of me, then I
wouldíve have a better shot in terms of popularity and
voting, stuff like that.
But ultimately, like I know
that I was really happy that both Gwen and Blake said that
about me on the show last night, because that really meant a
lot to me, that they appreciate that side of me. And the
feedback Iíve been getting on social media has been
absolutely incredible today.
And like I feel like I
connected more with people last night and today than I had
throughout the course of this whole show because they are
opening up to me on social media and seeing the actual me
rather than me the Troy thatís on the show. Because it is a
television show, you know? And you got to try to do your
best and be at attention at all times.
So, you know,
when people discover me, the real me, and the natural
personality that I have and ultimately discover my music,
itís going to be - theyíre really going to understand the
Beth Beacham: Okay. Thank you. I look
forward to more from you in the future.
Thank you so much.
Operator: And our next question
is from MJ Santilli, MJís Big Blog. Please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Hi
Troy Ramey: Hi.
MJ Santilli: I was
wondering what was the experience like of being mentored? I
know that youíre an artist with a lot of experience. Did you
learn a lot from Gwen and Blake and Shania?
Ramey: I did. You know, I mean itís kind of hard to explain
because like there are certain things that - a lot of things
come down to taste. And especially like, you know, all the
experience that I have and developing myself as an artist
and really knowing my voice and knowing my limits, it is
hard sometimes to like really allow yourself to have an open
But I went in there with an open mind and I
did learn a couple things -- not really about singing, to be
honest with you. But about performing. And thereís a
difference when youíre performing to a club of people who
love you opposed to performing on a television show where
youíre trying to win people over. That was, you know,
something that I needed to learn how to do because thereís
almost kind of a feeling of, not desperation but a longing
in your performance because youíre trying so hard to like
get people in.
And it almost feels super unnatural
because when performing in my shows, like Iím just relaxed.
Iím me. Iím messing around with people because I already
know that theyíre - I already have them. And itís a much
So, the one thing that I think
I really took away from The Voice is how to adapt to a
different scenario, because thatís not real life. Nobodyís
spent their entire career on The Voice. You know what I
mean? So, you kind of have to play the game a little bit and
try to win people over in a way that fits the scenario.
But, you know, I learned a lot about myself in terms of
how much I can compromise my own style and still achieve
what the show needs or what Gwen needed for the television
show in terms of how I would sing a song, because there are
certain choices I made melodically on the show that I never
would have done in my real life. But just because Gwen is
really serious about singing the melody dead on, never
changing, it, I had to try to pull myself towards that
thinking a little bit -- which was very unnatural for me.
MJ Santilli: Yes. I was wondering
how you felt about that. Because I noticed that sometimes,
she would give you that note but you wouldnít do it
completely. You took her advice sort of on that, but I could
tell it felt like you were maybe going away from that a
Troy Ramey: Yes. I really respect her
opinion on that and I think a lot of people might feel that
way. But that is something that I disagree with completely
and I always will. I always have. Because some of my
favorite artists when they cover a song, sounds nothing like
the original song. Thatís the beauty of it. Because they
reinterpreted that song and gave it a new life.
Like, you know, Ryan Adams is a great example of that. My
favorite song that heís done is Wonderwall. And, you know,
an Oasis cover. It sounds nothing like the original but itís
And John Mayer - the reason I
picked Free Falliní is because I wanted to do the John Mayer
version of that song and when we got into rehearsal Gwen
wanted to hear the Tom Petty melody. So, I ended up singing
that song in a totally different way than I would have --
which is okay, you know. I have to make compromises because
of the situation.
But I totally respect that way of
thinking but itís not my way of thinking. And people that
love my music and my type of music would never care at all
if I changed the melody of the song. They would probably
MJ Santilli: Well that was I think your
strength, was that your ability to kind of rework songs in a
different way. It really made you unique.
Ramey: Well, thank you so much. I appreciate that. Because,
you know, Iím not the type of singer that can - like I kept
telling them on the show, like Iím not Mr. Power Note, you
know? Iím not Mr. Big Note, like theatrical singer. This is
why I as kind of like happy and surprised that I made it so
long in the show. But like thatís what a lot of people think
makes a great singer.
And in my opinion, you donít
have to be acrobatic with your voice to be a great singer.
You just have to be honest and original and true to what you
feel. And thatís the most important thing for me in music
and Iíll always feel that way.
So, I donít regret
changing things up at all because if I didnít, then no one
wouldíve cared about me at all. I would never have made it
this far. And to be quite honest, Gwen never wouldíve turned
around. If I sang Wild World the exact way that Cat Stevens
sang Wild World, I guarantee none of those coaches wouldíve
turned around. Because it wouldíve sounded awful.
And so, while I 100% respect Gwenís opinion and her
guidance, itís not a part of who I am. Itís not the way that
MJ Santilli: Right. Okay. Thank you.
Troy Ramey: Thank you.
Operator: And our next
question is from Bobby Jones, The New Music Buzz. Please go
Bobby Jones: Hey Troy. So, whatís next for
you now? You know, youíre on your way back home. And so,
what do you do now?
Troy Ramey: Next, I got a lot of
stuff planned. Iím going to be playing a ton of shows. You
know, I got a lot of meetings to set up. And things are
going to be already are on fire for me.
You know, I
came here. I turned down multiple record deals before I came
to The Voice. And I really, you know, a record deal doesnít
mean success. A record deal, it has to be the right deal,
you know? And so fortunately for me, Iíve been able to
achieve a pretty good level of success on my own with no
money, no budget, no team around me.
Like before I
came to The Voice, I already had millions of plays in the
last year of my own music on Spotify and thousands of
downloads of my original music on iTunes. So Iím just going
to continue with what I was doing because it was working.
People connect to my songs. And you know, Iím so grateful to
The Voice because I was able to reach a huge audience and
now I have them in my - I have their attention.
Iím going to continue to try to make everybody proud and be
me and sing songs that I wrote about my life and songs that
I love and put 100% of me into it and just see where it
takes me. And I know that itís going to continue to take me
from stage to stage.
Bobby Jones: I think
(unintelligible) is like a kickstart to that really. And
actually, I think mission accomplished.
Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder for questions please
press 1 4. Our next question is from Beth Kwiatkowski,
Reality TV World. Please go ahead.
So Troy, Mark and yourself landed in the bottom two last
night after your coaches had to save you during the live
playoff. So, Iím wondering if you really think thatís a
coincidence, considering you were both saved and then ended
up in the bottom two.
So, do you think like the
saved artists are naturally maybe at a disadvantage now,
which would include TSoul and Stephanie because they have to
work harder for votes? Or do you think the results were a
direct reflection on Monday nightís performances?
Troy Ramey: I donít think it has a direct reflection of
performances. I think a lot of it has to do with popularity
on social media. And, you know, Mark is pretty popular on
social media. But so is TSoul and Stephanie. And I think,
you know, I had a really strong performance. Iím not going
to compare myself to anybody.
I donít know, you
know, itís a kind of - because the voting rules changed so
much itís hard to predict whatís going to happen. But like I
said before, I know people connected with my performance.
Itís still number one on the rock charts and I think itís
still in the top 100 on the overall as we speak. And you
know, thatís a clear indication that people connected with
You know, I think that I might -
because of the fact that I wasnít able to really let people
in on who I am, maybe they didnít connect with my
personality on the show because they didnít quite see me for
who I am. But, you know, itís all good because it all comes
to an end at some point. And Iím happy that I reached my
goal getting into the top 12 and letting people hear who I
Beth Kwiatkowski: Okay. Iím also wondering what
Gwen said to you after you were eliminated and if you got
any advice from any of the other coaches?
Yes. Gwen, she basically just said she was so happy that I
picked her and she couldnít believe that I picked her from
the beginning, and that she believes in me and loves my
voice and believes in me as an artist and that sheís going
to be following my journey.
And, you know, that
meant a lot to me because itís just, you know, as much as
you know that it all comes to an end -- and Iím not going to
lie, itís pretty sad -- it was a pretty sad moment. And I
said earlier I feel like I got dumped on prom night. But
like if NBC was my date and Gwen was the cool teacher that
like pulled me into the teacherís lounge to let me cry
You know, itís not like I was emotional
because itís the biggest stage on planet Earth. And what
Gwen said to me, thereís a lot of stuff that Gwen said to me
in the blind audition that didnít make the show. And she
really fought for me very hard and she said she believed me
and her whole career came down to gut feeling. And she had a
gut feeling that we were meant to work together. And that
really meant a lot to me.
And I believe that thatís
true because I donít know how I would have survived on other
teams because there is a lot of competition this season. And
Gwen believed in me and she gave me the shot to be in the
top 12 where there wouldnít have been this spotlight on me
right now if I wasnít in the top 12.
Even though Iím
going home, Iím feeling so much love from everybody and
support. And I went out with a bang, like Iím proud of what
I did. Iím really proud of that performance and Iím proud
that I picked Gwen. And I really know that I made the right
Beth Kwiatkowski: Thatís great. Thanks,
Troy Ramey: Thank you.
those are all the questions for today. Ms. Blanco, I turn
the call back over to you.
Kaitlin Blanco: All right
then. That wraps our call for today. Again, if you would
like a transcript, you can email me at KBlanco@mprm.com.
Thanks, everyone. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Operator: And ladies and gentlemenÖ
Operator: Öthat does conclude our press
call for today. We thank you for your participation.
Everyone have a great rest of the day. You may disconnect
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