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Interview with Brandon Showell, Mitchell Lee, Chris
Weaver, Lucas Holliday and ShiíAnn Jones of "The
Voice" on NBC 9/26/17
Moderator: Abby Freemire
26, 2017 1:00 pm CT
Operator: Hello, ladies and
gentlemen. Thank you for standing by, and welcome to The
Voice Conference Call with Artists Advancing Press and
Media. During the presentation, all participants will be in
a listen-only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a
At that time, if you
have a question, please press the one followed by the four
on your telephone. If at any time during the conference you
need to reach an Operator, please press star zero. As a
reminder, this conference is being recorded today, Tuesday
September 26, 2017.
I would now like to turn the
conference over to Ms. Abby Freemire with The Voice PR.
Please go ahead.
Abby Freemire: Hi everyone. Thanks
for joining our call today.
Joining us today from
team Adam, we have Brandon Showell. From team Blake we have
Mitchell Lee. From Team Miley, currently no contestants are
on at the moment, but they may be joining. And from team
Jennifer, we have Chris Weaver, Lucas Holliday and ShiíAnn
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 ahead.
Okay. Thank you very much. Now, ladies and gentlemen, if
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Our first question
comes from the line of Mark Franklin with Voice Views.
Please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Itís Voice Views.
And my question is for Brandon. How are you, Brandon?
Brandon Showell: Iím doing well. How are you?
Mark Franklin: Hey, congratulations on making the show.
During your bio segment, you talked about yourself being an
English teacher by day and a musician by night. Can you give
us a little bit more idea of what youíve been doing
musically before The Voice, whether youíve been performing
solo or (unintelligible) and what type of music youíve been
Brandon Showell: Absolutely. So before
The Voice, I studied Music and English at George Mason
University in Fairfax. I used to be in a boy band named For
Sure and there were four vocalists in the group who made it
on to The X Factor. And soon after the show ended, I left
the group and became a solo artist, in which I went to
perform for a cruise line.
And then after the cruise
line, I started teaching and Iím now in an agency band and
we do corporate events and weddings. So thatís what Iím
currently doing, as well as being my own artist.
Franklin: Okay. What led you to The Voice this year,
especially since you also got married this year?
Brandon Showell: Yes. So I figured, you know, when itís time
to dive, itís time to dive all the way in and thatís what I
was doing with my personal life, with my now wife and as
well as my career. I felt like this was the year to do it.
And, you know, I trained a lot for the past year and a half
vocally, and this was the year that I felt like I was ready
to do it. So it definitely paid off.
Okay. Well, good luck. Congratulations and best of luck
Brandon Showell: Thank you so much.
Operator: Our next question comes from Beth
Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World. Your line is open. Please
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi. I have a question
for Chris. You had a four chair turnaround in the blind. So
you arguably had one of the most difficult decisions to
make. Why did you end up choosing the coach you did? And
while, you know, your coach is an incredible vocalist and
has a great personality, I guess was it hard to not choose
say Adam or Blake given their experience on The Voice and
history of cultivating winners on the show?
Weaver: It was definitely difficult, especially Adam. I mean
I think Adam really - they all did like really moving it
down totally, and Adam certainly had soul. But you know, I
felt like, you know, and as Jennifer explained, she came -
you know, she knows the church route as far - as well as the
drag scene in Chicago.
And so I felt like this was
somebody who I connected with, who has been where Iíve been,
but you know, as well as being on a reality singing show. So
I felt like, you know, all things aligned just right.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Okay, excellent. Thanks.
Operator: And we now have Dave Crosby on the line. Our next
question comes from the line of MJ Santilli with MJís Big
Blog. Please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Hi Chris.
Chris Weaver: Iím sorry.
Was that for me?
MJ Santilli: Yes. For Chris.
Chris Weaver: Yes. Iím here. Can you repeat the
MJ Santilli: Sure. What inspired to
audition for The Voice?
(Unintelligible). Hold on one second. Itís that siren.
MJ Santilli: Thatís okay.
Chris Weaver: So the
public call (unintelligible) and then I got a call from
(unintelligible) that theyíre looking for 10 people to do a
private audition. And so thatís how I got to do that and I
actually almost didnít send in the test, but I did send one
the last and yes, then I got a call back and went for it.
MJ Santilli: So the show contacted you and then you
had to make a decision about whether you wanted to do it or
not. What made you go for it?
Chris Weaver: You know,
it was something different. It was something that I was
ready to give a shot for and it was a different way rather
than doing - you know, it was a private audition. So it was
a different way of the producers seeing me rather than, you
know, just being in an open call. So I said, you know, why
not give it a try?
Operator: And our next question
comes from Scott Pohl with WKAR Michigan State University.
Please go ahead.
Scott Pohl: Hi. This is for Lucas
Holliday. Hi Lucas.
Lucas Holliday: Hey Scott.
Whatís happening, buddy? Yes, whatís happening?
Pohl: Thank you very much. I just wanted to ask you how
surprised you might have been when Jennifer Holliday not
only turned her chair for you, but wanted to sing with you
and picked up on the song you started to sing? That must
have all taken you by surprise I would think.
Holliday: Definitely. When Jennifer finally turned for me,
you know, there was definitely the sense of, you know,
trying out for this and, you know, getting the shot in the
first place was a beautiful thing. I have a (unintelligible)
kind of similar to Chrisís in the sense that I - you know, I
had a private audition call.
You know, I was invited
to do this after this viral video that I was seen for, which
me and youíve talked about actually. And yes, in any case I
- you know, I just wanted to give this a shot. This is not
my thing usually, the, you know, reality singing and so
I was always kind of like - people have been
telling me for years to do it and I just, you know, have
been like well, maybe. You know, weíll see. Then I finally
gave it a shot and, you know, I went up there and I mean
this is a woman who, you know, Iíve - I watched her during
Idol. I watched her, you know, play Effie.
her, you know, do so many great things and then itís like,
you know, Iím up there and I get to sing this song that Iíve
known for a very long time and I love very well. And itís,
you know, by an artist that Iíve already kind of been, you
know, I guess seen with and appeared on stage with and so
And Iím talking about Maxwell of course. And
I, you know, I just, I did my thing. And there was a point
where I was kind of - you know, the nerves kicked in pretty
quickly actually to be honest with you. I was actually
surprised that they - you know, I was shaking a little bit.
And so, you know, stand there, yes, I had this moment
of, you know, just elation and just everything just kind of
blew up. And then the moment after was really the main - I
mean the fact like - once again, like Chris Weaver said
about, you know, her gospel background.
You know, I
was just very happy and pleased to be able to sing a little
bit of, you know, a song that I loved and from an artist
that I love and so forth. And then she kind of played with
me and, you know, went along with it. And yes, I mean I
couldnít be more grateful for that moment honestly. Thereís
nothing like it, I will say that.
Operator: Our next
question comes from Kelly Sheridan with Lansing City Pulse.
Your line is open. Please go ahead.
Hi (unintelligible). How is it going?
Hey. Whatís happening?
Kelly Sheridan: My question to
you, so what was going through your mind when all four
chairs, after you finished singing, started turning and they
were so surprised to see that it was you standing up there,
versus someone else?
Lucas Holliday: I will say I was
definitely excited, you know, watching everyoneís reactions
and hearing oh, this guy is not - this isnít the guy, like
whoís, you know, whoís behind you? Like who really was
singing? Tell me who because I donít think this guyís got it
because thatís kind of my - you know, I kind of feed off of
that sense of being the guy who you just donít expect, you
know. So ďthe whitest dude ever.Ē
Like - itís like,
you know, Iím here to - yes, Iím not here just to shock. Iím
here to - you know, Iím an artist. I love - Iím very
passionate about the music that I do and I, you know, I -
and the music that Iíve admired and listened to for a long
And itís something that I - itís just a
blessing to be able to be on that stage and to watch, you
know, these people kind of try to figure this out, you know
what I mean? Like this guy is kind of a freak. Itís like Iím
cool with that. You know what I mean? I kind of - like I
said, I live off of it. I feed off it because itís something
that - I donít want to be conventional. I donít want to be
just a regular, you know, just like - I donít want to be
like the metal guy or whatever, or the rap guy that - you
know, or the country guy that kind of comes from my city,
I mean Lansing is very much more based in
that kind of style than it is R&B and stuff, but weíre, you
know, weíre 80, whatever, 90 miles away from Detroit. I mean
this is Motown, you know, right next door, and I, you know,
Iím trying to show you guys that Lansing is also that too,
Weíre also soulful. Weíre also funky and
weíre - we have a very - itís, I mean itís the same thing.
You know, we come from the Rust Belt. We come from industry.
We come from hard work. We come from, you know, the nine to
five, you know what I mean? And Iím trying to give you some
of that soul, some that blues, you know.
Our next question comes is a follow up from the line of Mark
Franklin with Voice Views. Your line is open. Please go
Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is for
ShiíAnn. How are you today, ShiíAnn?
Iím good. How are you?
Mark Franklin: Pretty good.
Hey, can you tell me what led you to The Voice this year? I
know you did really well in (unintelligible). So what
prompted you to try out this year?
ShiíAnn Jones: Can
you repeat that? You were kind of breaking up a little bit.
Mark Franklin: Iím sorry. Whatís that?
Jones: Can you repeat that? You were (breaking up) a little
Mark Franklin: Sure. I was wondering what led
you to The Voice this year. I know you did well in the
Snapchat competition. I was wondering if thatís what guided
you to The Voice.
ShiíAnn Jones: Yes. Thatís part of
what drove me to The Voice and the other reason why it drove
me to The Voice is because, you know, the situation that Iím
in now. You know, I need to do my gifts, you know. Thatís
something that I love doing. I love to sing. So thatís what
drove me to The Voice because itís all about the Voice.
Mark Franklin: Okay.
Operator: Then we now have
Janice Freeman on the line. Our next question comes from the
line of Alyssa Kendrick with WNKY, The NBC Affiliate in
Bowling Green, Kentucky. Please go ahead.
Kendrick: Hi ShiíAnn. So you are one of nine siblings and
now Jennifer Hudson is calling you her mini me. Whatís your
experience been like so far at The Voice, away from home and
all your siblings, especially at your age?
Jones: Hi and the experience, you know, being at The Voice
has been an amazing journey. I get to see, you know, many
things about my voice, the things that I couldnít do with my
voice and Jennifer has been a blessing because she turned
around and stuff.
And being away from home, it is
kind of hard because you know like, going like once without
your parents - well, the parent that youíre really close
with, itís like, you know, kind of hard, you know, to see
them not actually there where you are. So this is my
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, as a
reminder, to register for a question, please press one four
on your telephone keypad. Our next question comes as a
follow up from Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World.
Please go ahead.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi. I have a
question for Brandon, Mitchell and Dave. Walking into your
Voice auditions, which coach did you predict youíd choose if
all of them did turn around for you, and what ended up
factoring into that final decision you made about your
coach? And I guess we can start with Brandon.
Brandon Showell: Okay. So when I walked into my audition, I
knew that I would consider Adam or Jennifer if they turned.
And then both of them turned, as well as Miley, which made
things a lot more difficult. Can you hold on for one second?
Beth Kwiatkowski: Sure.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi.
Showell: Hi. I apologize. Iím sorry Iím pulling up to do an
interview, so. Okay, so yes. So I was thinking of Jennifer
and Adam, and since both of them turned around and then
Miley put up a really good fight, I had to listen closely to
each one of the coaches.
And one thing that Adam said
to me was that he can really work with me and he pretty much
understands my artistry. And I mean of course everything
that he said isnít necessarily shown, but another thing that
kind of hit at home with me that he said was that he
understands artists that come from where I come from and,
you know, Iím from Virginia Beach.
So he listed
artists such as Ferrell and thatís where I come from. Thatís
really good music and itís music thatís going to last
forever, and thatís what I want to make.
Adam made the statement such as that, I had to choose him
over Jennifer, even though it was a hard decision because
Jennifer and I definitely have similar backgrounds, but when
I had the opportunity to have the coach Adam, you know, with
his experience and his understanding of what I want to do as
an artist, I decided to go with him. I think it was a great
Beth Kwiatkowski: Great. Thank you. How about
Mitchell Lee: Before going into the
blinds, I actually was thinking I was going to choose Miley,
if I had a choice. Iíll say that I was really just hoping
for a chair to turn. The fact that Miley did not turn does
not bother me because I was not expecting for three chairs
The reason why I was going to pick Miley is,
although she kind of forged her career in the pop world,
especially lately, her return kind of back to her roots and
her kind of folky, sort of country thing, I thought catching
her in that crossroads was a good thing for me because I
didnít identify myself as an exact country artist, but kind
of a Southern pop rock thing.
And her being similar
in age to me, I felt like we were sort of could have been in
the same world and figured out how to work well together.
Now, that being said, although that would have been really
nice since she didnít turn, what that did is it put me in a
predicament because without expecting the three chairs to
turn, I had (unintelligible) like Brandon, very intently to
figure out who now was I going to pick because I didnít have
a name going in.
So listening to them, Iíll admit
that I changed my mind almost 15 times trying to come up
with who I was going to say if they were to turn around and
ask me okay, now who do you pick? I didnít want to say well,
I donít know yet. So it definitely was the craziest
experience going in and having to choose and having three of
these people fight over me was an amazing experience.
I actually felt like I was in somebody elseís body
watching it happen. And what got me eventually was Blake
said that it was really going to come down to the really
smart song choices that would showcase me being kind of a
pop rock guy with a Southern undertone, which is what I
identified as. But all the coaches kind of had me at one
point and I ultimately decided to go with Blake.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Awesome. Thanks. And how about you, Dave?
Dave Crosby: So my answer is going to be pretty similar
to Mitchellís. I went into the competition pretty sure I was
going to pick Blake or Adam if I had the opportunity.
Obviously you just want one chair to turn and you donít care
what it is.
But being in that situation where youíre
just like blown away and amazed that you just got, you know,
for me three chairs turn, you just feel so grateful and
blessed. So I kind of decided beforehand to choose Blake or
Adam. And as they kind of talked to me and each made their
individual cases - so I had Blake, Miley and Adam.
through that process, it felt like Adam and Miley were
fighting really hard for me. Blake, not as much. I mean he
was still great and said some great things to me, but I felt
like Blake, or I felt like Adam and Miley were saying, like
really fighting hard for me.
And so I was super close
to picking Miley because for me itís like Mitch said, itís
like my voice is kind of unique and itís different. Itís not
like and Iím doing crazy runs like everyone else. For me,
song choice is just really important and just I have to pick
the right songs for my voice on that.
And so that was
what I really listening for from Adam and Miley, and both of
them sold me on that really hard. For me, honestly it just
came down to Adam turned for me 10 seconds into my song and
Miley turned at the last second. I mean I - like Adam was
believing in me from the very beginning and I just believe
that he would pick really good songs for me. So thatís why I
ended up picking Adam in the end.
Great. Thank you everyone.
Operator: Our next
question comes as a follow up from MJ Santilli with MJís Big
Blog. Please go ahead with your question.
Santilli: Hi. My question is for Janice Freeman. I was
wondering if you could talk a little bit about your thinking
in choosing Miley Cyrus as your coach, as opposed to say
somebody like Jennifer Hudson.
Janice Freeman: Hi. I
figured that would be probably everyoneís thought. But the
thing was me, the kind of person I am, the kind of artist
that I try to live every day is being transparent, is being
In this world we live uncomfortable
enough and - but itís in the uncomfortableness that we grow.
You know, you learn about yourself. You learn whatís for
you, whatís not for you. And I usually donít like to be in a
safe world or try to live under stereotypes as well.
As I stated, Iím pretty sure a lot of people assumed
that I would go with Jennifer Hudson because of who she is
and sheís amazing, amazing artist, amazing woman. But Miley
I felt would be that uncomfortable area, stepping outside of
a box or even living as if there is no box.
allowed me to grow and feel things about myself and so other
areas about myself that I probably wouldnít have had I gone
with Jennifer Hudson, thatís no slight on her at all, but I
believe it depends on, you know, the person and the audience
and I believe she can open up a whole another side, a whole
another genre and perspective for me.
So it was very
- it was hard, but it was a strategic move and Iím glad I
made that move.
Operator: Our next question comes as
a follow up from the line of Mark Franklin with Voice Views.
Your line is open. Please go ahead.
Yes. I had another question for ShiíAnn. How are you
ShiíAnn Jones: Hi. How are you?
Franklin: Pretty good. Hey, youíre 15 and you decided to
sing a really classic song. Can you talk to me about that
song choice, explain why you decided to do that song?
ShiíAnn Jones: Well, the reason why did that song was
because, you know, itís in my genre and I do soul and me and
Aretha Franklin have like the same kind of genre where she
does soul and stuff and a little bit of R&B, but mainly
soul. So I just love soul and thatís what Iím all about is
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much
and best of luck.
ShiíAnn Jones: Youíre welcome.
Operator: And our next question comes from Krista Chain
with TV MegaSite. Your line is open. Please go ahead.
Krista Chain: Hi. My question is for Lucas.
Lucas Holliday: Hey, whatís happening?
Hey Lucas. How are you today?
Lucas Holliday: I am
all right. How are you doing, Krista?
Iím doing good. My question was, I know you talked about
this a little bit, about people being surprised when they
turned around, who was standing on the stage. Are you used
to getting that type of reaction when you have sang before?
Lucas Holliday: I will say that that is kind of my life
story. Itís something that, you know, you donít really
expect to come out of - coming out of me. You know, this -
the style that I do, the, you know, the voice that I have
and so forth. Itís something that, you know, Iím kind of a
real kind of quiet, sometimes shy dude. You know, Iím kind
of soft spoken and so forth.
But then - I mean unless
I know you really well and then of course Iím kind of like
the opposite. I start to get a little more bombastic. But my
voice is not quiet at all. And itís just something that Iíve
- yes, Iíve always dealt with. Iíve always kind of been the
guy that, you know, the big voice that just kind of just
shocks you immediately.
And so itís kind of like, you
know, Iíve kind of been waiting for a moment like this
though. I mean I always figured it was going to be some -
you know, something like this that was going to lead me, but
I really lead me to - what am I trying to say? Lead me to,
you know, a potential blow up I guess, something that really
could, you know, give me some real exposure.
really didnít - like once again, I really didnít think I was
going to be trying out for a reality TV show, that I was
going to be doing a singing competition. You know, I never
really had that mindset. And yes, you know, once again Iím
just very blessed and fortunate to have been given the shot
to shock people, you know.
Operator: And our next
question comes from the line of Alyssa Kendrick with WNKY,
the NBC Affiliate in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Please go
Alyssa Kendrick: Hi. My question is for you
again ShiíAnn. So as I just said, Iím from a news station in
Bowling Green. So it was insane for me to even hear that
Blake Shelton near by the Corvette plant. What have the
reactions been like from the people back home?
ShiíAnn Jones: The people back home is like they was in
shock because, you know, I didnít tell anybody else, just
keeping it on the down low. And they was just like so amazed
and they was like they actually have a star like sitting in
my classroom, sitting in their classroom. And like the
teachers, they was like just didnít even believed, you know.
Operator: Our next question comes as a follow up from
the line of Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World. Your
line is open. Please go ahead.
Okay. A question for ShiíAnn. You had two coaches turn
around for you, Jennifer and Blake and they both seemed very
invested in you. So how did you arrive at the decision to
choose Jennifer? And was she the coach you initially hoped
to work with?
ShiíAnn Jones: She was the coach that I
initially chose to work with because, you know, Jennifer,
Iíve seen her. I grew up with her movies, with Dreamgirls
and stuff. I love watching her. Sheís a phenomenal singer
and I just feel like we connect more, you know, as an artist
and itís just been amazing.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Okay,
great. And what about you, Lucas, because Jennifer turned
around for you. She happened to be the only one, but you
seem to be a great fit together. I mean what are your
thoughts on that?
Lucas Holliday: Oh, Iím sorry. Can
you repeat the question?
Beth Kwiatkowski: Yes. Just
I guess your thoughts on working with Jennifer now. Like I
know she was the only coach to turn around for you, but it
seems like a pretty perfect fit.
Yes, definitely. Jennifer Hudson, that was in my mind
actually from the beginning when I - you know, as I was
getting into this process and, you know, knew who the
coaches were and so forth. I was kind of - in my head, I was
like I really am hoping that Jennifer turns because I feel
like sheís somebody that understands, you know, not just
like R&B and, you know, what I love.
I mean Iím
definitely an R&B hound, but I think itís more, you know,
she understands like what I - like I think she would get -
she - I thought she would understand. And I, you know, I
still definitely do think she understands what my voice, you
know, is capable of, you know what I mean, because she has
the range she has, but also the ability to emote as much as
And so itís similar to ShiíAnnís definitely
that, you know, I also grew up - I mean Iíve always been a
fan of, you know, R&B divas. Like Iíve - you know, I had a
high voice as a kid and I always wanted to try to sing
whatever I could sing that sounded good, you know.
I tried to follow Whitney. I tried to follow, you know, just
- even like obviously Aretha and people like this, Patti
Labelle, you know what I mean? I grew up listening to like a
lot of that, trying to, you know, emulate that and do like I
said, the unconventional.
And Jennifer definitely,
you know, is another person that Iíve looked at and Iím like
wow, yes. Thatís a great feat. I mean obviously I want to
do, you know, what I want to do. I want to be somebody
thatís - you know, thereís other artists. you know, I look
at the male artists that Iíve grown up listening to as, you
know, somebody - you know, thereís a bit of me that wants to
become, you know, to an extent, wants to become somebody as
revered as maybe like Prince or somebody like this.
But, you know, this is the same kind of thing. Prince was
somebody who loved, you know, Chaka Khan and like artists
that - ladies that are just really powerhouses, you know
what I mean?
And thatís my same kind of trajectory.
Thatís my same goal, you know. and Iím just really - once
again, Iím just really, really blessed, really fortunate she
turned around and Iím just happy that we got a chance to
sing a little together. You know, if thereís never going to
be another shot at that, you know, I couldnít be more happy.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of
Jeff Dodge. And ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder - the
press and media audience only, to register for a question,
please press one four on your telephone keypad. Jeff Dodge
with BuddyTV.com. Please go ahead.
Jeff Dodge: Yes.
A question for us ShiíAnn. How are you doing?
Jones: Good. How are you?
Jeff Dodge: Good. So after
Jennifer turned her chair, you know, she was trying to make
sure that no other coach turned their chair. I mean she
really wanted you to join her team. So did you see all of
that happening while you were singing and what did that mean
ShiíAnn Jones: Iíve seen all of that
happening when I was singing. I just wanted to stop and, you
know, just scream because this is what itís about, you know,
a celebrity, a coach who is just like fighting over me and
it just felt amazing. I just kept singing and they made me
want to sing harder because I just love to sing and Iím just
Jeff Dodge: Yes. Okay, great. Thanks.
ShiíAnn Jones: Welcome.
Operator: Our next
question comes as a follow up from the line of Mark Franklin
with Voice Views. Your line is open. Please go ahead with
Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is
for Lucas. How are you doing, Lucas?
Hey. How are you doing, sir? Sorry, I just really fell off
of the - I was disconnected for a second, but now Iím back.
Mark Franklin: No problem. Hey, I know at
the time your bio was filmed, you were still working the
cashier job and youíre still doing that. And also can you
update us on your status with your band? I think itís called
Tell Yo Mama?
Lucas Holliday: Thatís right. Tell Yo
Mama is very alive and well. Weíre still working. Weíre
still, you know, planning on gigging and pushing forward as
much as possible right now.
I mean of course, you
know, Iím still in the process of - you know, I mean
obviously Iíll be going on to battle rounds and thatís
amazing for, you know, for me. But you know, my plan is to
keep the work of, you know, my collaborations as vital and
alive as possible.
Also when it comes to the store,
I am technically still employed with Dollar General, yes.
But I honestly have been so wrapped up and busy with, you
know, trying to push forward with, you know, with my music
and with my passion that, you know, I havenít actually been
Actually my plan is to probably move on
from the store soon here and, you know, and just really
start pursuing. Iíve just - Iíve just found - pursuing my
dreams. Iíve really, you know, found a sense of kind of
enlightenment I guess in my life, you know, since Iíve
And, you know, my goal - I mean obviously
Iíll be focusing very hard on the work ahead, you know, with
the show. But you know, just in general, my trajectories now
like, you know, letís not settle. You know what I mean?
Letís keep moving forward and letís keep traveling. Letís
keep seeing the world.
You know, trying to - if I
have to struggle to sing on the street, Iíll do it, but I -
thatís what I want to do. You know, thatís all I want to do,
Operator: Our next question is from the line of
Jeff Dodge with BuddyTV.com. Your line is open. Please go
Jeff Dodge: Yes. I have a question for
Brandon Showell: Hey, how is it going?
Jeff Dodge: Hi. So can you talk about, whatís it like
performing on cruise ships? How is that schedule like and is
it the year round situation?
Brandon Showell: Oh,
wow. So, you know, when Jennifer said last night that, you
know, that was kind of her test as far as being an artist,
thatís completely accurate. It is nonstop. It is very long
days. You always should have a smile on because even when
youíre going up to get some pizza around the guests, youíre
So itís 24 hours and when youíre on the
stage, thatís just a portion of the process of being a
crucial performer. I love the traveling aspect, but the
hardest part about being a crucial performer was two things
for me. One, I canít swim. So every day was a Fear Factor
for me because I sometimes would even sleep with my life
jacket in my little bunk because I did not want to have a
Titanic part two.
And then secondly was just being
away from my family. I was - you know, Iíve been with my now
wife for seven years and the distance never gets easy. Iím
very family oriented, so being away for eight months out to
sea and being able to only see my family when they come to
visit the cruise, thatís extremely difficult.
Royal Caribbean was great to me and itís a job and an
opportunity that I will always remember, because I grew as a
performer and I met so many different people from all over
the world. You know, the ship that I was on, actually we had
about a 1,000 employees and only 24 of us were from the US.
So that kind of puts into perspective that I was able to
see the world in one location and meet so many different
people and experience so many different cultures. So Iíll
never forget it and I appreciate every minute of it.
Operator: Our next question comes as a follow up from MJ
Santilli with MJís Big Blog. Please go ahead with your
MJ Santilli: Hi. Another question for
Chris Weaver. And I was wondering what you sang for Jennifer
Hudson at the Color Purple party that had her throwing shoes
Chris Weaver: I actually I sang Try a Little
MJ Santilli: Iím sorry?
Weaver: I actually sang the same song I sang for my blind
audition. I sang Try a Little Tenderness.
Santilli: Oh, okay. What was that experience like? Did you -
were you just so shocked that she would do that? Were you
like not expecting that at all?
Actually a friend of mine was in the Color Purple with her
and just invited me to this party and didnít tell me what it
was. And we get there and, you know, he said it was open
bar. So for me that was like okay. Thatís all I need to
But weíre standing at the bar and a friend of
mine says turn around, like youíre not going to believe it.
I turned around and Jennifer Hudson is standing there and I
was like youíve got to be kidding me. And so she had a lot
going on there and my friend said, what do you want to sing?
And I was like I donít want to sing. I donít think I can
sing in front of her.
And so I ended up singing and
the response was very much overwhelming and it was, you know
- and so to be - two years later to be in front of her and
be able to sing that, relive that and get the same response,
it was amazing.
Operator: And at this time, there
appear to be no further questions on the phone lines. Ms.
Freemire, Iíll turn the presentation back to you.
Abby Freemire: All right. Thank you. That wraps up our call
for today. Thanks everyone. Enjoy the rest of your day.
ShiíAnn Jones: Thank you.
Chris Weaver: All
right, thanks. See you guys.
Operator: And ladies and
gentlemen, that does conclude our conference call for today.
Thank you all for your participation. You are now free to
disconnect your lines.
Abby Freemire: Bye-bye.
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