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The Voice singers 

Interview with Brandon Showell, Mitchell Lee, Chris Weaver, Lucas Holliday and ShiíAnn Jones of "The Voice" on NBC 9/26/17

NBC Universal
Moderator: Abby Freemire
September 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 question-and-answer session.

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 Jones.

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.

Operator: Okay. Thank you very much. Now, ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to register for a question, please press the one followed by the four on your telephone keypad. Youíll hear a three tone prompt which simply acknowledges your request.

If your question has been answered and you would like to withdraw your registration, please press one three. Also, if you are using a speakerphone, please lift your handset before entering your request.

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 performing?

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.

Mark 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.

Mark Franklin: Okay. Well, good luck. Congratulations and best of luck moving forward.

Brandon Showell: Thank you so much.

Operator: Our next question comes from Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

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?

Chris 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. (Unintelligible) audition.

Chris Weaver: Iím sorry. Was that for me?

MJ Santilli: Yes. For Chris.

Chris Weaver: Yes. Iím here. Can you repeat the question?

MJ Santilli: Sure. What inspired to audition for The Voice?

Chris Weaver: (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?

Scott 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.

Lucas 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 forth.

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.

Iíve seen 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 forth.

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.

Kelly Sheridan: Hi (unintelligible). How is it going?

Lucas Holliday: 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 time.

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, you know.

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, you know.

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.

Operator: Our next question comes is a follow up from the line of Mark Franklin with Voice Views. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is for ShiíAnn. How are you today, ShiíAnn?

ShiíAnn Jones: 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?

ShiíAnn Jones: Can you repeat that? You were (breaking up) a little bit.

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.

Alyssa 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?

ShiíAnn 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 journey.

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? Iím sorry.

Beth Kwiatkowski: Sure.

Brandon Showell: Hello?

Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi.

Brandon 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.

So when 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 choice.

Beth Kwiatkowski: Great. Thank you. How about you Mitchell?

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 to turn.

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.

So 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.

Beth Kwiatkowski: 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.

MJ 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 uncomfortable.

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.

And what 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.

Mark Franklin: Yes. I had another question for ShiíAnn. How are you ShiíAnn?

ShiíAnn Jones: Hi. How are you?

Mark 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 just soul.

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?

Krista Chain: Hey Lucas. How are you today?

Lucas Holliday: I am all right. How are you doing, Krista?

Krista Chain: 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.

But I 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 ahead.

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.

Beth Kwiatkowski: 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.

Lucas Holliday: 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 possible.

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.

So 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?

ShiíAnn 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 to you?

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 so thankful.

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 your question.

Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is for Lucas. How are you doing, Lucas?

Lucas Holliday: Hey. How are you doing, sir? Sorry, I just really fell off of the - I was disconnected for a second, but now Iím back. Yes sir.

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 back yet.

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 auditioned.

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, so.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Jeff Dodge with BuddyTV.com. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Jeff Dodge: Yes. I have a question for Brandon.

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 working.

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.

But 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 question.

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 at you.

Chris Weaver: I actually I sang Try a Little Tenderness.

MJ Santilli: Iím sorry?

Chris Weaver: I actually sang the same song I sang for my blind audition. I sang Try a Little Tenderness.

MJ 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?

Chris Weaver: 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 know.

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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