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By Krista

Interview with contestants of "The Voice" on NBC 3/3/15


Moderator: Shauna Wynne
March 03, 2015 1:00 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. And welcome to The Voice advancing artists 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. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. I would now like to turn the conference over to Shauna Wynne with Voice Publicity. Please go ahead, maíam.

Shauna Wynne: Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining the conference call for The Voiceís advancing artists today. If youíd like a transcript call, please email me at

Joining us today from Team Adam, we have Barry Minniefield, Brenínae DeBarge, James McNeiece, Michael Leier, and Nicolette Mare. From Team Blake, we have Jacob Rummell, Kelsie May, and Matt Snook. From Team Christina we have Clinton Washington, Gabriel Wolfchild, and Sonic. And from Team Pharrell we have Kimberly Nichole and Travis Ewing.

Out of respect for all reporters queuing up, please only ask one question at a time. And then you will have the option to queue up for additional questions. And if youíre asking a question to the general group, please indicate who youíd like to answer first. And Iíll now turn the call over for the question and answer.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to register for a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad. Our first question comes from Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Please proceed with your question.

Earl Dittman: Hi. Good morning, everybody. How are you all today?


Earl Dittman: I think - is it Bren-nae? Am I pronouncing that correctly? Brenínae DeBarge?

Brenínae DeBarge: Brenínae DeBarge.

Earl Dittman: Iím sorry. I wrote it down wrong.

Brenínae DeBarge: Thatís okay.

Earl Dittman: Well we didnít get to hear a lot of your story last night. Can you tell me a little bit about your connection with the family? The DeBarge name of course is pretty legendary in music business.

Brenínae DeBarge: Right.

Earl Dittman: Can you tell me a little bit of how you got to where you are and your connection?

Brenínae DeBarge: My connection with the DeBarge family - Iím actually married to Andrew DeBarge who is the son of Tommy DeBarge. Yes. So Iím related by marriage.

Earl Dittman: And have you been doing music all your life with the family? Or is this kind of your first foray out into music on your own?

Brenínae DeBarge: Iíve been doing music all my life and just recently started with the family, maybe about four or five years ago.

Earl Dittman: And why was The Voice important for you to do?

Brenínae DeBarge: Actually I just wanted to really get out there. You know? I just wanted to - I thought it was really just time to really put myself out there. So I just figured Iíd give it a chance. And just going to see where it takes me.

Earl Dittman: It was a great performance. Really good. Thanks a lot. I appreciate it.

Brenínae DeBarge: Thank you so much. Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Stephanie Piche with Mingle Media Please proceed with your question.

Stephanie Piche: Congratulations. My question is for anyone who wants to answer. And that is - as this process goes on, what is advice that youíve gotten and that youíve learned about yourself in the process?

James McNeiece: I guess I can answer that. James McNeiece. I think the biggest advice that I got was I guess just to kind of make sure that youíre being yourself, and make sure that youíre kind of just being as comfortable as you can be on stage. Thereís only, you know, a short amount of time on this show. And it is a huge platform.

So you want to try and make sure that you are, you know, taking full advantage of it. Not letting nerves get a hold of you and that kind of stuff. And just making sure that you are - not to repeat myself - but just taking advantage of the opportunity thatís placed in front of you in such a large capacity, being able to sing for so many people. You just want to really put your best self out there.

Stephanie Piche: Great. Anyone else?


India Carney: Iíll just be really brief. This is India Carney. One thing I took away from the experience so far has been to always push yourself musically. Because you never know what youíre capable of until you do. And you could be really surprised with the outcome. And itís usually a really great outcome.

Stephanie Piche: Itís worked for you so far.

India Carney: Thank you.

Barry Minniefield: Yes. This is Barry Minniefield. And I agree with India. And what Iíve taken from this, I mean, being 53 years old - that youíre never too old to keep learning in this process, and to get the best of what you can be. I mean, thatís what I got from it. And Iím still growing as a musician, as a singer, as an entertainer. And to be in the presence of these superstars is just incredible.

Stephanie Piche: Great. Thank you so much. Congratulations again.

Barry Minniefield: Youíre welcome.

India Carney: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Mark Franklin from the York Dispatch. Please proceed with your question.

Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is for Nicolette and Noelle. Once again, we didnít really get to hear much of your story last night. I was hoping each of you could tell us what youíve done in music to this point and what lead you to The Voice. And if Nicolette, if you could start?

Nicolette Mare: Hi. This is Nicolette. Iíve been singing since Iím about eight years old. Iíve been writing. My grandfather actually got me started with music. He really pushed me to pursue it.

I went to LaGuardia to singing school. I was there for like four months in high school. And that really gave me a real outlook on the musician that I wanted to be. I didnít stick it out because it was just a lot different than what I was used to. I wish I would have done it.

But The Voice has been an amazing experience. And it really, really showed me who I want to be as an artist, what kind of music I want to pursue. And it really taught me that you have to believe in yourself. And you just have to be confident. And yes, I mean, I do music everyday.

Mark Franklin: Okay. And what types of music do you normally perform?

Nicolette Mare: I would say like singer/songwriter stuff, indie pop. I think I have a little bit of country influence in my voice. So more like country pop. Yes.

Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much and best of luck.

Nicolette Mare: Thank you.

Shauna Wynne: And Mark, Noelle is not on the call. She is the one artist that weíre missing. If she joins, Iíll let you know.

Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Al Howard with 103.5 Big Country. Please proceed with your question.

Al Howard: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. I appreciate it. And to all the contestants, good luck with The Voice. My question first off is coming to Kelsie May.

Kelsie, seeing that youíre originally from West Virginia and now a resident of Louisa, Kentucky - having that Interstate 64, I-77 corridor covered there with Kentucky and West Virginia - I guess you could be considered what Cody Wickline considered you this morning as when we interviewed him, as a hillbilly. Is that correct?

Kelsie May: I would definitely refer to myself as a hillbilly. I really love - Iím like a normal teenager. Like I love to go mud-gogging. Thatís just what I do. I like to be outside with animals. Iím just an outdoors kind of girl. And I just donít see myself ever changing from that.

Al Howard: Is that what gives you your country background, is that hillbilly? I mean, is that what you want to be like? Loretta Lynn, your idol?

Kelsie May: I definitely want to be like Loretta Lynn. Because I love how even though sheís a superstar, like sheís never changed. Sheís always been herself. And she always stands for something, no matter if anyone agrees with her or not. And I just love that about her. I think that she is amazing in every aspect - as an artist, as a songwriter, as a musician, as a person. I just love everything she stands for. And I definitely draw inspiration from her.

Al Howard: Well we certainly hope you the very best for season eight with Team Blake. And of course, thank you for sharing your story with America. Of course, being very much involved with the Make a Wish Foundation and of course your love for music, we really appreciate that.

Kelsie May: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from (Angela Evon) with the (Diva Gelt). Please proceed with your question.

Angela Evon: Hi everyone.


Angela Evon: I am a true Voice fan. Iíve been watching it from the very beginning. So Iím wanting to know, how does it actually feel when you are walking onto the stage and you start to sing and you still - like the time is running out and a chair hasnít turned. Does it feel like sudden death?

Barry Minniefield: Oh yes. For me - this is Barry Minniefield - and Adam actually turned his chair like a half a second before it was over. So I was just going nuts. I mean, I donít get - because Iím older and Iíve been doing this for a long time - but I was pretty nervous about that.

Angela Evon: Anyone else?

Matt Snook: Hello. This is Matt Snook. I just want to say hi to everyone. Itís good to hear your voices. And I would like to add that, you know, I wasnít nervous when I heard the crowd. I got anxious to be on stage.

But then when I got about halfway through my song, I was kind of expecting maybe a chair to turn. And when I did not receive that, I was very nervous on the inside. Like all my musical failures flashed in front of me like in two or three seconds. So I was nervous when I watched it back, you know, on TV. I was afraid of what it might look like.

And I guess the bottom line for me is that, you know, a little voice kind of popped in my head and said, you know, you just need to finish strong and do the right thing. And I did that and got lucky enough that Blake turned at the very last second. So I heard the crowd...

Angela Evon: I didnít catch your name when you came in. I apologize.

Matt Snook: Itís okay. Iím Matt Snook. Iím a redneck from Missouri. How yíall doing? Love yíall.

Angela Evon: That was funny. Thank you so much.

Matt Snook: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Bruce Fessier with the Desert Sun. Please proceed with your question.

Bruce Fessier: This is for Barry Minniefield. Hey, Barry. How are you doing?

Barry Minniefield: Good. How are you?

Bruce Fessier: Iím doing well. Hey, you know, youíve been a successful chef for a long time now here. What made you want to go onto The Voice? And are you looking to change careers from cooking and going into music full-time?

Barry Minniefield: Oh yes. What made me change, you know, I was a chef at the Improve for many years. And, you know, to pacify me - we were one of the first places to do karaoke. So I came out of the kitchen and Iíd go into the dining room. Weíd start singing and having fun. So it was hard to keep me out of singing. I mean, thatís where it kind of all started for me. And the second question was - what was it?

Bruce Fessier: Well what made you want to go on The Voice?

Barry Minniefield: What made me want to go on The Voice?

Bruce Fessier: And are you looking to make this more of a career? Are you hoping to make this something into a jump thatíll give you more national status or what?

Barry Minniefield: Yes. I mean, I got on The Voice just because I love the show. And I love it for the fact that itís just voice. You know, they donít see who you are and see how old you are. They canít see anything. But they just hear your voice. And thatís what I love.

And Iíve always wanted to, you know, to sing. To be an entertainer. And yes, and I do want to do more music. I want music to be my career. You know, as far as the cooking thing - Iíll cook a little bit. Like I cook for some of the guys and the girls - my children. I call them my children. But this is for The Voice. You know? I was cooking in my room for everybody.

Bruce Fessier: Okay.

Barry Minniefield: Did I answer your question?

Bruce Fessier: Yes. Yes, thanks a lot. Appreciate it. All right.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, if youíd like to register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad. And we have a follow-up question from Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Please proceed with your question.

Earl Dittman: Great. Hi. And this is for Michael? Is Mike on the line?

Michael Leier: Yes. Iím right here.

Earl Dittman: Okay. Great. Sorry about that.

Michael Leier: And Iím just a hillbilly from Texas. So just had to make sure we know where weíre all from.

Earl Dittman: Well tell me a little bit about what your influence is. What did you grow up listening to?

Michael Leier: Wow. Thatís a... Honestly, I grew up on Shania Twain and John Mellencamp.

Earl Dittman: Wow. Thatís a combination.

Michael Leier: Yes. And for some reason over the years it kind of went through Green Day when I was about 12. And I would say John Mayer and Rihanna, (Montain), and Sara Bareilles is where Iím at now. So itís been quite the drastic change in my taste, I would say.

Earl Dittman: Did you know that you always wanted to do music though?

Michael Leier: I had been singing, I guess, for fun as much as any kid does about until the time I was a teenager. And I really wanted to play guitar. And thereís really no musical influence in my family. Iíve got pretty much the only musical bone in my body out of the five that live in my house. But I donít know.

I think my parents thought that it was just going to be another toy that I wanted when I asked them if I could play guitar. And so we borrowed one. And eventually I ended up playing in a band and making money during high school. And I guess it got me all the way here. So somewhere along the line, I decided that I must be a little bit good at what Iím doing. And I really love it at the same time.

Earl Dittman: There was no plan B? I mean, you werenít going to be a doctor or a fireman or an engineer?

Michael Leier: I did go to college for one year. I went locally in Fargo and did a year at pre-med over at community college. And second semester, I went out to Chicago to go try out for the show. And I donít know, you know, I kind of shook my head at the whole college thing. I wasnít really having it.

Earl Dittman: I know the feeling.

Michael Leier: Yes.

Earl Dittman: Well I appreciate it. And before I get off, let me talk to Travis real quick. Travis, you had one of the three chair turns. And you went with Pharrell. Why Pharrell? That was kind of surprising for some reason.

Travis Ewing: Yes. This is Travis. Looking back and re-watching the episode last night, Christina pitched it pretty hard. I think we had a roar. I think we had a pretty serious connection too. I mean, she was the first to turn. And she kind of made my performance a lot easier for me because she kind of turned within ten seconds. And so the rest of it was just kind of a blur, because I knew that I was already on the show.

But I think going into the blind audition, I had the idea that I would probably go with Pharrell if he turned with me. Just because right now - and even throughout my career as a musician - I never really thought of myself as a true singer. I think of myself more as a musician.

And I think right now at the point that Iím at, I think I needed more direction than anything in terms of my music. And I thought that a producer like Pharrell would have a bigger impact on me in the long run.

Earl Dittman: Well, you know, heís worked with people like Ed Sheeran of course. So, you know... Heís done everything.

Travis Ewing: Yes. And Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite musicians right now and one of my big influences with the whole loop pedal thing. So yes, I mean, know that - that definitely helped my decision a little bit.

Earl Dittman: Well I appreciate that. Thank you Travis and Mike and all of you. I appreciate it. Thanks a lot.

Travis Ewing: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Krista Chain with TV Megasite. Please proceed with your question.

Krista Chain: Hey. My question is for Kelsie May.

Kelsie May: Hi.

Krista Chain: Hi. I was just wanting to know what influenced your decision to choose Blake.

Kelsie May: To be honest, I know itís probably going to surprise a lot of people, but I was actually kind of getting swayed by Pharrell and Christina in the moment. Before I stepped out on stage, I thought if I got Blake to turn around for me I definitely was going to go with him, because I mean, we both have the country vein going on. And I think that he definitely could help me pave my way through country music.

And I did ultimately choose him for that reason. I think that he also helps people after the show. And I also look up to him as a person, just because he is this superstar and he has never changed. Heís so genuine. What you see is what you get. So thatís ultimately why I chose him.

Krista Chain: Okay. Thanks.

Kelsie May: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Gloria Rodriguez with Palm Springs NBC. Please proceed with your question.

Gloria Rodriguez: I had a question for Barry. Barry, congratulations.

Barry Minniefield: Thank you, Gloria.

Gloria Rodriguez: Wondering who your greatest musical influences are?

Barry Minniefield: My creative musical influences?

Gloria Rodriguez: Your greatest musical influences.

Barry Minniefield: Oh. Luther Vandross is one of my favorites. Frank Sinatra. Ella Fitzgerald. Just all those old crooners from, you know, back in the day are all my influences,

Gloria Rodriguez: Thatís great. Thank you. And congratulations again.

Barry Minniefield: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Lauren Beiler with KSHB. Please proceed with your question.

Lauren Beiler: Hi. Mineís for Matt. And your moment last night was sort of quick. So I was wondering if you could kind of explain more about what brought you to The Voice and the job you gave up. And then how your wife feels.

Matt Snook: Well thank you very much for the question. And Iíll just say, you know, what brought me to The Voice was - I went to an open audition one year and didnít get past the first level. And then the next year I think I submitted a voice video. They got some traffic.

And then somebody posted something on a casting page. And I actually - it was another site by NBC. So I went out to audition. And just really enjoyed from the very beginning the casting process, the (unintelligible) casting all the way through the different steps.

Iíve sang music my whole life. And I used to work as a project manager for Sprint. Itís called a PMP - project manager professional. I worked there about 11 years. But I sang all the way through that time. And I would make trips to Nashville and writing and recording and all those kinds of things.

And I finally - I was driving my oldest son, (Austin), to football practice one day. And he asked me if we were going to move to Nashville. And I said why do you ask? And he said - well, because youíre not getting any younger. And so we had a serious conversation at the dinner table. And we just decided we were going to move.

Right at that same time frame, Sprint was giving out some voluntary separation packages because they were going to be downsizing. And I had an unbelievable great run there and love the people I worked with.

But I thought - you know what? Now might be the time. So I took a voluntary separation. I had six months to figure out how to make a living playing music full-time. And it was about a year later I was heading overseas to Iraq to play for the troops.

So basically, I mean, Iíve always been a musician. Iíve always sang. I just was able to, you know, with the support of my wife and family - I was able to actually quit my job as a breadwinner and just take a lot of risk and go start playing music full-time.

So it takes a million people on a team to make things happen. And I definitely have a great score base in my camp. And Iím just very blessed and thankful with The Voice and Team Blake. And itís giving me this opportunity, you know, to kind of share my story and be on Team Blake. So I hope that answered your question.

Lauren Beiler: Yes. Thatís great. Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Kristi Schank with WAVE NBC. Please proceed with your question.

Kristi Schank: Hi there. This is for Kelsie May.

Kelsie May: Hi.

Kristi Schank: Hi, Kelsie. Weíre following you on Twitter now here in Louisville. And just saw that you were tweeted by Crystal Gayle. Can you talk to us about why you chose Loretta Lynnís song and what it means to you to be, you know, on social media now with her sister?

Kelsie May: Oh my gosh. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to do a Loretta song. Because sheís been a huge influence to me since before I can even remember. You know, sheís from my area, so a lot of people know her around here. And she has definitely been an influence in music as far as female artists go.

So I definitely knew I wanted to do her song. Because she is amazing, I feel like, in every aspect. I love what she stands for. I love the way that she takes - she just, I donít know. I just love the way that she is so true to everything as far as like her songwriting goes, what she says, how she connects with people.

And I love that song ďYouíre Looking at Country.Ē And I just want people to know that I know who I am as a person and as an artist. So it was really, really important to me that I got to do that song.

Kristi Schank: And how is it sharing tweets with Crystal Gayle?

Kelsie May: Oh my gosh. I woke up this morning and, you know, of course I checked my phone. And when I seen that she tweeted me, I cannot tell you how hard I cried. That was a dream come true. I love, love, love Crystal Gayle. And I cannot believe that - I still canít believe that she tweeted me. I literally feel like Iím in a dream right now.

Operator: Our next question comes from Brittany Hoke with WSAZ. Please proceed with your question.

Brittany Hoke: Hi. This question is for Kelsie May again. Hi, Kelsie.

Kelsie May: Hi.

Brittany Hoke: Congratulations.

Kelsie May: Thank you.

Brittany Hoke: I just wanted to ask you - youíre 15. So youíre one of the youngest competitors on The Voice, I believe. How do you think that your age will play into how you compete and how far youíll go? And also just on a personal level, you know, kind of staying grounded when youíre instantly becoming famous.

Kelsie May: Iím very focused on my music, I feel like. Iíve always been, since I first decided that this is something I really, really seriously wanted to pursue. And I know Iím really young. And I see that people probably think that thatís like a setback.

But I want to let people know that no matter how young you are, you should definitely follow your dream whole-heartedly if thatís something that you really believe in. I just think that this has been an amazing experience. No matter how old or young you are, I think that you can do it if you really set your heart to it.

Brittany Hoke: Thatís great. What advice do you have for other people that are your age looking up to you right now?

Kelsie May: I would just say to follow your dream. I mean, of course thereís going to be people saying that like you canít do it. But if you believe in yourself enough, you can accomplish anything. And I believe that whole-heartedly.

Brittany Hoke: All right. Thank you, Kelsie.

Kelsie May: Thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, if youíd like to register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone keypad. And our next follow-up question comes from Mark Franklin from the York Dispatch. Please proceed with your question.

Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is for Sonic.

Sonic: Hi there.

Mark Franklin: Hi. Hey, we heard a lot about what you did early in your musical career - how you were signed. I was wondering if you could fill us in a little bit on what youíve been doing more recently. And what led you to The Voice?

Sonic: Yes. I have been in a collective (cultural group) for the past couple of years. So that consists of three other musicians that I work with singing, you know, sessioning, all that. So weíve just kind of been like writing a lot and, you know, creating a (unintelligible) some networking. Havenít really set out a lot of music. So Iíve been doing that ever since like being signed kind of fell apart early on.

And I was kind of going back from California to New York living-wise. And I went out there last July - Iím sorry, June. And there was open call in Washington, D.C. And I just decided to give it a shot and, you know, try a second chance at my solo career. And it ended up working out more than I anticipated.

Mark Franklin: No, great audition last night. And what type of music do you normally do?

Sonic: R&B soul.

Mark Franklin: Okay. All right. Look, thank you very much. And best of luck.

Sonic: Thank you so much.

Operator: And our next follow-up question comes from Earl Dittman from Digital Journal. Please proceed with your question.

Earl Dittman: Hi. This is a question for a couple of you. Itís about song choices. Kimberly, why did you decide to sing the song you sang?

Kimberly Nichole: Hi. Itís Kimberly. Probably because Tina Turner is one of my biggest influences. And I love that song. Itís one of my favorites by her and Ike. So I thought it was good up-tempo fun. And I wanted to challenge myself a bit vocally. And I felt it did that as well.

Earl Dittman: And thatís a tough song to do, though.

Kimberly Nichole: It is.

Earl Dittman: Was there a second choice, can you talk about? Was there something else you thought about maybe to do instead?

Kimberly Nichole: I think I have a lot of songs in my mind that I want to do. I think that was my number one choice.

Earl Dittman: It was great. I loved it. It was fantastic.

Kimberly Nichole: Thank you. I love Tina. Thank you.

Earl Dittman: Me too. And I guess, Jacob. Same question - song choice. Why that song?

Jacob Rummell: Hi. Itís Jacob. I chose that song because for me I love Bruno Mars. Heís really great. And heís one of my huge influences. And that song specifically is just simple and so easy and fun that I think that was a good first song for me.

Earl Dittman: Yes. It was really another good choice. And same thing for Clinton. So for Clinton, same question. Why that song?

Clinton Washington: Hey there. So ďCandle in the WindĒ by Elton has been something that Iíve been singing for quite some time on my circuit in New York City as a singer/songwriter. And itís actually - it was dramatic and all those different things that I felt like people would be able to connect with emotionally.

But also give me a lot of room for melody shifts and doing something with the arrangement that would allow me to show a little bit more of my range and expressiveness outside of what Elton had done.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Well, you know, itís the kind of song that you can, in a good way, show off your voice.

Clinton Washington: Exactly. And I got three seconds of it.

Earl Dittman: Well I think weíll see it again on YouTube. I think itís on YouTube available, the whole song or something.

Clinton Washington: Yes. Iím just kidding. Youíre right.

Earl Dittman: Yes, I know. Well thanks again, guys. I appreciate it. Best of luck.

Sonic: Thank you.

Kimberly Nichole: Thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, if you would like to register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4. And our next follow-up question comes from Krista Chain with TV Megasite. Please proceed with your question.

Krista Chain: Yes. This questionís for anyone. How did you decide to go on The Voice rather than auditioning for another show like American Idol?

Barry Minniefield: Yes. Like I said early - this is Barry Minniefield - like I said earlier, you know, The Voice is about the voice. In a show like American Idol, youíre limited on how old you can even be to even audition on that show. So, I mean, The Voice is just a great concept. I just love that itís all about the voice and itís not about anything else.

Krista Chain: Okay. Anybody else?

Kimberly Nichole: I mean, I think that The Voice is very unique in that your coaches are actual music stars. Theyíre not people that are behind the scenes. And then you also have these advisors that are legendary or on the top, on the charts as well.

And in addition to that, you know, itís almost like industry boot camp. You have wardrobe. You have vocal rehearsals. Youíre actually - you know, our music directorís one of the greatest music directors in music. So itís like - I think to me itís just like the best singing competition on the air, period. Just because of the different elements.

You get to be mentored by Blake, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, or Pharrell? Like come on, no other showís doing that. And this is Kimberly Nichole talking. So thatís why I really - thatís the reason I decided to do it. One of the reasons, rather.

James McNeiece: This is James. Yes, I agree with Kimberly. I think the biggest selling point for me was the fact that youíre really not getting judged by the coaches. You know, they really donít even like to be called judges. Instead, youíre getting somebody to turn around who actually is going to work with you on what youíre doing.

Theyíre not turning around and they give you pointers and that kind of stuff - but then they work with you. Itís not like every week you go up there and they just only judge what youíre doing. You get to, you know, one-on-one work with these amazing artists that have been in the industry for so long. So yes, I think that was the biggest selling point for me.

Matt Snook: This is Matt Snook. Iíd like to add that a lot of the shows that are on TV now, reality-type talent shows, The Voice - their primary goal is to put people in a good light and share their creative talents with the world in a positive way. That is the primary reason why I was interested in pursuing that. Thanks.

Krista Chain: Okay. Good luck to all of you.

James McNeiece: Thank you.

Matt Snook: Thank you.

Kimberly Nichole: Thank you.

Operator: And we have another follow-up question from Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Please proceed with your question.

Earl Dittman: Shauna, I donít think I can ask about the advisors on this call, can I?

Shauna Wynne: No. Weíll save advisors for (unintelligible).

Earl Dittman: Just wanted to double check. Thanks. Okay, well this is for India. India, much like Travis, you had several chairs turned for you. Why was Christina the one you absolutely wanted to go with? I mean, was she your first choice in the beginning or were you swaying back and forth?

India Carney: Hi. This is India. I went with my gut on that one. Honestly, going in, Adam was always my first choice going into it. But, you know, Christina turned first. And she seemed to be fighting the most for me and saying the right things to make me want to be on her team. And so, you know, the closer it came to the time to decide, I kind of just went with my gut.

And like I said, sheís someone who Iíve admired for like my whole life. And, you know, it would be - I mean, if I hadnít gone with her that would have been a really big opportunity that I should have taken. So I just kind of went with my gut on that, really.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Well this is kind of a general question for anybody who wants to answer it. As we know, there can only be one voice. And all of you have incredible voices. Doing this experience, has this pushed you on - regardless of how far you get in a competition - does this push you on to make sure music is going to be your career? Are you going to at least try to make it a career? Anybody who wants to answer.

Barry Minniefield: I didnít get to hear the question. Can you say the question again?

Earl Dittman: Yes. No matter how far you get on The Voice, has this pushed you even further to want to have a career in music, regardless of how far you get in the competition?

Barry Minniefield: I keep getting calls and tweets. It keeps breaking up.

Matt Snook: This is Matt. Iíll just say that I went into the process not afraid to succeed or fail. And however long Iím a part of this process, Iíll be thankful and grateful. I see myself as a full-time musician. And it wonít change any thoughts that I have about pursuing music full-time. Because Iíve met too many cool people along the way.

Barry Minniefield: I agree with Matt on that one. But my phone is going crazy. I donít know how to turn this stuff off.

Earl Dittman: The smart phones are far too smart for us.


Barry Minniefield: ...and Iíll handle your phone call. All right?

Earl Dittman: Anybody else?

Man: I want this to be a full-time career. And itís actually been a full-time career for me for the last 25 years. So yes, music is just my medication. I just love it to death. I mean, if I didnít have music I wouldnít have anything.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Thatís fantastic. Well guys, again, thank you all so very much. And the best of luck to all of you. Because Iím rooting for every single one of you.


Operator: We have no further phone questions at this time.


Shauna Wynne: All right, everybody. Thanks so much for joining today.  And enjoy the rest of your day.


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 lines. Thank you and have a great day, everyone.


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