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I enjoyed being on this call. It's a
great show, and I love these weekly interviews.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank
you for standing by. Welcome to the conference call with
Artists Advancing on the Voice Press and Media. During the
presentation, all participants will be in a listen only
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 zero. As a reminder, this conference is
being recorded, today, Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
would now like to turn the conference over to Kaitlin
Blanco. Please go ahead ma'am.
Kaitlin Blanco: Thank
you. Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining our call today.
Joining us today from Team Adam, we have JSOUL, Ponciano
Seoane, and Johnny Rez. From Team Blake, we have Tarra
Layne, Courtney Harrell, and Blaine Long. From Team Miley,
we have Charity Bowden, Josette Diaz, and Maye Thomas. And
from Team Alicia, we have Belle Jewel, Whitney and Shannon,
and Kylie Rothfield.
Out of respect for all
journalists queueing up, please ask only one question at a
time. You will have the opportunity to follow up and if your
question is for the larger group, please designate one
artist to speak first. I will now turn the call over to the
question and answer portion. Go ahead.
Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to
register a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on
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One moment please for our first question.
Our first question comes from the line of Mark Franklin with
Voice News. I'm sorry Voice Views. Please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Yes, my question was for Whitney and Shannon.
Woman 1: Thank you.
Woman 2: Thank you.
Mark Franklin: I was hoping you
could tell us why you went with Alicia after expressing a
preference for Blake and a little bit about that
conversation the two of you were having on stage. And let me
know who is speaking please.
Shannon: Okay. This is
Shannon. We definitely strategized beforehand. We kind of
had planned to pick Blake because we have a little bit of a
country influence and we thought that he would get our
styles the best. But when we got up there, we saw Alicia
Keys and she charmed us completely and so we kind of
couldn't help but go with her. We just felt really connected
to her and we felt like she got us the best out of all of
the coaches. And then Whitney, if you want to talk about our
Whitney: Yes, this is Whitney. Hi. I
think one of the main things Alicia said was that she didn't
want to put us in a box as far as our style of music goes
and that's really important to us to have freedom to kind of
do whatever we want. And so when we were on stage, we had
both talked about going with Blake and both of us, as Alicia
was talking, we kind of changed our minds. So when we turned
and looked at each other, we were both hoping that the other
person was going to go with Alicia and thankfully, we both
felt the same thing.
So we picked her.
Franklin: Well, good. Hey, and Blake was correct. The Voice
has been tough for duos. I'm pretty sure the Swamp Brothers
are the only ones ever to make it to the voting rounds. Do
you have a strategy for dealing with that?
think we're just going to be true to ourselves and just work
hard. I mean so far that's all we've ever really done is
just put in the work and do our best. And whatever the
outcome is, we'll be able to be happy with that because we
know that we gave it our all.
Mark Franklin: Okay.
Thank you very much ladies and best of luck.
Operator: Thank you for your question. Our next question
comes from the line of Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV
World. Please proceed.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi,
everyone. First, I have a question for Courtney. It was a
surprise that you picked Blake over Alicia mainly because
you made Alicia cry and she was gushing about how much she
connected with you. I know you explained your decision
briefly last night but could you elaborate on that choice
and what did you think Blake could do for you that Alicia
Courtney Harrell: Hi. I'm still trying to
wrap my head around how I fully came to this decision but
prior to coming here, I did give some thought to whom I felt
would be the better fit for me. Again, I'm a songwriter and
I do that professionally. And so what I appreciate about
Blake and just the world that he comes from - country music
has some of the greatest songwriters - greatest songs ever.
And I wanted to be in a welcomed into a world that
was so dear to my heart that would also stretch me not just
musically in terms of my performance vocally, but just my
understanding in how to interpret songs that are different
than my writing style.
And so I really just - I felt
like this was a chance for me to kind of dive into the deep.
I was already taking a chance showing up in this way anyway
so why not go big and I threw myself into it and just hope I
can swim. And that kind of was my main motivation in making
that choice. But in addition to that, Blake seems to have a
great reverence for true artistry and great voices. And he
-- as great as he is -- he finds a way to nurture and
respect the stylings and the craft of someone who is
completely unlike himself without stripping that artist of
who they truly are.
And so I can see that he has a
great way of nurturing and fostering artists. He has an
amazing track record and I just wanted to be a part of that
Beth Kwiatkowski: Great. Thank you.
Courtney Harrell: Thank you.
Kaitlin Blanco: And if I
could just give a reminder to all artists. If you're on a
cellphone, please mute it when you're not speaking so we
don't get any background noise.
Operator: Thank you.
Our next question comes from the line of Beth Beacham with
Hollywood Junket. Please proceed.
Beth Beacham: Hi,
everyone. Let me just - hi. Can you guys hear me?
Woman 1: Yes.
Beth Beacham: Hi, sorry about that.
This is for Whitney and Shannon. Hi, how are you guys doing?
Just curious about the song choice. You guys chose to go
with the Dixie Chicksí version and I know you guys already
talked about this but I'm wondering did you guys pick that
particular version because you were intending on going with
Blake in the beginning?
Shannon: This is Shannon.
We've actually sang that version before. It's kind of one
that we were really familiar with and we think that just
with our style and with having harmonies and all of that, it
was the version that suited us the best. So it wasn't
necessarily because of Blake but we thought that if anyone
would enjoy it, it would be Blake.
Thank you. Is Josette on the call?
Josette Diaz: Yes,
Beth Beacham: Hi. My question for is when you
went for your audition, did you know Miley was the only one
and if you knew what was your thoughts and did you change
anything about your audition?
Josette Diaz: I did not
know Miley was the only one but I did have an idea of how
many spots were left and I think that's why I came in very
nervous and not knowing what to expect. I knew that the
teams were filling up and I knew that I was the last few to
go. So that definitely made me very nervous but when Miley
turned around for me, I just - I can't even put into words
how excited I was. It was a dream come true for sure.
Beth Beacham: Okay. Thank you.
you for your question. Our next question comes from the line
of Rob Johnston with WPXI TV Pittsburgh. Please proceed.
Rob Johnston: Hi everybody. This question is for Tarra
Layne. Congratulations. Everybody in Pittsburgh is very
excited for you and you've got a lot of support here. Maybe
talk to me a little bit about your connection to Pittsburgh.
Can you hear me? Tarra, you might still be on mute?
Tarra Layne: Hi, sorry. I forgot to take my phone off mute.
Rob Johnston: No, it's totally Okay. So yes, maybe just
talk to me a little bit about your connection with the Steel
Tarra Layne: Yes, I was born and raised in
Pittsburgh. I'm from the North Side and I actually went to
Hampton Township School District growing up. But yes, I've
always loved Pittsburgh. I started my whole self-discovery
there, moved to Nashville and then puzzled my way out to
L.A. and here I am now.
Rob Johnston: That's
fantastic. Now, what would you say to all of your supporters
here? Because the Voice is huge and always when we've got
someone from Pittsburgh it's a big deal. What would you say
to your supporters and the people that you still know here
Tarra Layne: Well, obviously thank you
for the support. I feel like if it wasn't for my hometown
and everybody who has been supporting me along the way,
there's definitely no way I would have been - have kept
going. I mean everybody is always like, oh, you know, small
people but it's one of those things where to me, the small
people are the most important. So I'm so, so, so proud from
being from Pittsburgh and all the support that everybody has
been showing me so far is absolutely incredible.
Johnston: Well, that's great. We're going to be with you on
the entire journey. Thanks so much, Tarra. Looking forward
to talking to you soon.
Operator: Thank you for your
question. Our next question comes from the line of Evan
Bevins with the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Please
proceed with your question.
Evan Bevins: Yes, this
question is for Mr. Long. I saw on the show last night you
live in Arizona but on the notice they sent out today, saw
you're originally from here in Parkersburg. So can you tell
me a little bit about your history with Parkersburg?
Blaine Long: Well, the show is I think a little something
silly there. I was born there. My dad used to work on the
Ohio River and so we have - I have a lot of family in
Reedsville, and Columbus, and Ohio there but more than a
couple members of my family work on the river. So I just
happened to be born there. My brother was born there in the
same hospital my dad was born in. So it's kind of strange
and it's pretty random but, you know.
Okay. So you were born here but didn't necessarily grow up
Blaine Long: No, sir. That's - I'm going to
throw that back - I'm going to throw the show under the bus
on that one. That's absolutely.
Evan Bevins: Which
hospital were you born in?
Blaine Long: That's a good
question. I have no idea. I don't know. I apologize.
Evan Bevins: No problem at all. So you were born here
because your dad worked on the river but grew up in Ohio?
Blaine Long: No, that's the thing. I just happened to be
born there and I think I was like two years old when I was
back in Arizona. So yes, so I mean I think it's awesome to
say but I feel like I can't claim it, you know.
Bevins: All right. Thank you very much.
Thank you for your question. Our next question comes from
the line of Katie Rothburn with KPNX. Please proceed.
Katie Rothburn: Hi, this question is for Blaine. First
of all congratulations.
Blaine Long: Well, thank you
Katie Rothburn: We're really excited here
in Arizona that you made Team Blake. What went behind you
picking him as a coach since so many of your songs are
original and he referenced a lot of older country artists.
So how do you feel about that and what went behind your
Blaine Long: Right, well, I originally went
in wanting Alicia. I was very excited for that opportunity
but to be honest, I didn't think anybody would turn at all.
So having to choose was strange. What Blake said - and I
don't think it made the cut - I'm not sure, at one point he
mentioned great songwriters and I like those guys but I
don't consider myself a country artist. I don't consider
myself a rock artist either and I'm on that chart.
But what he said at one point was as an original artist, I
will fight for you with the producers. I will make sure
you'll get the right songs and so that right there - I felt
like I had someone on my side.
So that was - besides
him mentioning great songwriters - he followed I think that
comment up with I'll fight for you. So I think it was - I
had to pick him.
Katie Rothburn: And on that line, do
you think - he is (unintelligible). On that line, do you
think the fact that he sticks by his artists generally after
the show had anything to do with your decision at all?
Blaine Long: No ma'am. I've never really followed the
show. I didn't know about that. I think we'll have to wait
and see if he sticks by his artists as far as I'm concerned.
I'm excited to see what happens. He's been the winner,
right. So I guess he's the guy. I apologize, I should know
Katie Rothburn: No, don't apologize. We'll be
with you along the journey and congratulations and good
Blaine Long: I love it. Thank you so much.
Operator: Thank you for your question.
Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder to register a question
please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone
keypad. Our next question comes from the line of Krista
Chain with The TV MegaSite. Please proceed.
Yes, do we have Maye Thomas on the line?
Krista Chain: My question is for Maye. How did
you make your decision to pick Miley?
Maye Thomas: I
think going into it, I really wanted to pick Miley. I was
really hoping that she would turn around for me. Miley just
as an artist is super. She's just unapologetic and she knows
who she is and she's very loud about that. And I really love
that and I'm at this point in my life where I want to be who
I am loudly.
And I think that she's just the perfect
coach for me because of just that reason alone and
especially being in this kind of - being on this kind of
platform, I want to have somebody guiding me that is making
sure that I'm being true to myself and I just was hoping
that she would turn because I wanted that kind of coaching.
So that is why I picked Miley.
Thanks. I wish you good luck.
Maye Thomas: Thank you
Operator: Thank you for your question. Our
next question is a follow-up question from the line of Mark
Franklin with Voice Views. Please proceed.
Franklin: Yes, my question is for the four singers we really
didn't get to hear last night. I was hoping each of you
could fill us in on what we didn't see, how your audition
went, how you thought about your song, how you feel about
the team you wound up on, that sort of thing. And let's go
out alphabetically, if we could start with Belle please.
Belle Jewel: Hi, this is Belle.
Belle Jewel: Hi. Thank you so
much. So that audition was probably the most fun I've ever
had on stage. It was just so incredible to be in front of
all that talent and all that wisdom and just know that they
were hearing what I love to do most and that was really an
Mark Franklin: Okay. And how do
you feel about your song and team you wound up on?
Belle Jewel: I was really glad that I was able to have a
song that I could make my own and put my own twist on it. So
I really enjoyed that aspect of it and I really couldn't be
more thrilled to be on Team Alicia. It's a dream come true
Mark Franklin: Okay. Was she the only one
Belle Jewel: Yes.
Okay. All right. Thank you very much and congratulations
Belle Jewel: Thank you. I appreciate it.
Mark Franklin: And if we could go to Charity please.
Charity Bowden: Hi.
Mark Franklin: Hi. How are
Charity Bowden: I'm great. So (I sang)
Girl Crush and it was a song that I knew pretty well so I'm
comfortable out there. And when I got on stage, I was a
little bit nervous but it was honestly one of the most
incredible things I've ever done. Just being on that stage
and knowing that four of the biggest stars in music are
listening to you is something so incredible that not many
will have the opportunity to do.
And I absolutely
love being on Team Miley and it's something that I never
would have thought would have happened. And now that it has,
it's just been an amazing journey.
Okay. And was she the only one who turned?
Bowden: No, Miley and Alicia turned.
Okay. And what made you choose Miley?
I chose Miley because it was one of the things that my gut
was just kind of telling me to go with it, even though I
almost went with Alicia. I really didn't know what I was
going to do and it came out of my mouth and I was like okay,
that's who I'm with. That's cool.
And I was - and it
just happened and Miley said some things to me that were
awesome and how much she believed in me and then Alicia said
amazing things too, telling me to always be myself and it
was really hard for me to choose but I'm glad I went with
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much and
best of luck.
Charity Bowden: Thank you.
Franklin: If we could go to JSOUL please.
Hey, JSOUL here.
Mark Franklin: Hey, how are you
JSOUL: I'm doing pretty great right now. Iím
on top of the world. It was great watching that last night.
That was probably one of the scarier moments for me though
on stage. I tried out for the show nine times so the
(unintelligible) that this is the first time I've gotten
this far so nine times perseverance went through I guess the
first six times when I was younger, I wasnít ready for this
And then previously, last year, I tried out
and it was right before my best friend passed away. So I was
overwhelmed with emotion during the first audition and I
just broke down and started crying. And that really kind of
hit me when I got on stage this time. I just felt every note
that came out I was on the verge of just bursting into
So it was very difficult for me to get through
the entire song and I'm glad that it came out so great and
I'm glad Adam turned around for me. He was the only one that
turned around. He turned around really quickly too, about 12
or 14 seconds he turned around. And that hit me too. I
started smiling and I looked up and I kept singing to the
crowed. It was a beautiful moment in my life and I'm glad
that I get to share it with my whole family and my hometown
of Virginia here is really supporting me and helping.
They're out buying my single and, you know, just that
12, 15 seconds that it showed of my clip and I'm already -
I'm at I think 88 now on the R&B charts and it's an
overwhelming day for me. It's amazing to be on this show and
I'm so glad that there's something like this out there that
helps all of us be able to fulfill our dreams and it was an
Mark Franklin: Well, great.
Congratulations and best of luck.
JSOUL: Thank you
Mark Franklin: And then finally if we could
go to Tarra please.
Tarra Layne: Hi, how are you?
Mark Franklin: Pretty good and you?
I'm doing great over here. No, I agree with JSOUL. It's one
of those things where, like, you as artists - we're
hustling, we're hustling, were hustling and then to get an
opportunity like this to be on a stage this big with this
much exposure is something that really can't be described to
anybody else. It's absolutely amazing and even just
beginning to that point when I walked up on that stage in
front of, of course, four artists who are extremely
accomplished - it's like a feeling that I thought I would
never have ever. I don't think I've ever been so scared to
tell you the truth.
I have (performed for) thousands
and thousands of people and then you get up on that stage
and you forget how to. It's kind of crazy but the experience
was absolutely phenomenal, seeing everybody on TV last
night. It was so cool to see everybody that you become
friends with over the past couple months and I'm really
excited to see what's to come out of it. It was a great
experience and I'm excited to be on Team Blake.
Franklin: Okay. And was he the only one to turn and why
Tarra Layne: He was the only one to
turn. Black Velvet - when we were asked to choose a few
songs, that was one on the list that I of course have
performed a ton of times before. It was actually one of the
first songs I've ever recorded in a studio. I think I was
like 20 when I first walked into a studio my first time and
did a cover of it. And I thought it was really interesting
and serendipitous in a way that it was my blind audition
song. So of course I love it. So it was great.
Franklin: Okay. Well, congratulations. And by the way, I
love that CD - that EP that you released last year.
Tarra Layne: Thank you. I do too. I hope you rock it.
Mark Franklin: Best of luck.
Operator: Thank you
for your question. Our next question is a follow-up question
from the line of Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi, everyone. This
question could apply to many people so I'll just pick a
sample size. Maye and Kylie, you both got two chairs I
believe to turn around for you. Heading to the battle round,
were you sort of worried the coaches might have already
determined which artist they want to take with them going
forward? In other words, did you feel at a disadvantage at
all compared to, say, like the four-chair turnarounds who
got a lot of hype?
Kylie Rothfield: This is Kylie
Rothfield. Hi. I think - good thanks how are you?
Beth Kwiatkowski: Good.
Kylie Rothfield: So I think
what's really cool about this show and kind of watching past
seasons is really anything can happen. And I think what
maybe all of us kind of feel like is after you get those
chairs to turn around, whether it's one or four, there's
just pure excitement and it kind of drives you to want to
improve the next round.
And I think what people will
see is that a lot of us use that motivation and that
determination and that excitement to really just give it all
to the battle rounds. And I don't know, I think that it's
probably really tough for the coaches to pick between two
people on their own team. I'm sure that's a really difficult
decision but I think that everyone will see the battles are
amazing and it's a really intense time and I think there's
definitely some surprises in there too.
This is Maye here. I agree with everything she just said. I
will say going into the battles, it's like you're excited
because you're - so anyway- so I don't really know
everything I'm supposed to say. But I will say that that
does go through your head - that oh, I wonder if the person
that I'm going against did get more chairs than me. You get
to where you're kind of freaking out but at the end of the
day, like right before I go on stage, I just center myself
and I have to say if I go out there, I have to be
undeniable. I think we all go out there and know we have to
give it our best and if you give it your all and you go out
there and you're undeniable then you're going to make it on
the other side.
And so everyone that we're on the
show with is absolutely incredible and we just - like the
hugs that you see people give each other after everything
are so genuine because we love each other so much. So it's
Beth Kwiatkowski: Awesome. Okay. I'd like to
hear the opposite viewpoint I guess. Maybe Blaine, and
Whitney and Shannon you could talk to me about this. Since
you got three or four chairs to turn, did you feel at an
advantage at all going into the battle round in that maybe
since the coaches really fought hard for you, they might be
less likely to let you go? Or did you feel more pressure for
Whitney: Go ahead, Blaine.
Blaine Long: Can you hear me?
Blaine Long: Okay. The question was do I feel like I have
Beth Kwiatkowski: Yes, just because
from the perspective of if you have three or four chairs
that turn and all the coaches are fighting for you, do you
sort of feel they'd be less likely to let you go? You know
what I mean? Or did it have an opposite effect of maybe you
felt more pressure going into the battle round?
Blaine Long: Yes, I think anything goes. You talk to any
contestant at any time. It's rumors flying. It's everybody
guessing - everybody thinks they know exactly what's
happening behind the scenes. So for me, my experience was
any time anything could happen.
So just do your best
and you know what I mean. Everything has to do with
everything and everything has to do with nothing. You have
no idea what the coaches are looking for, the producers or,
you know. So for me, I think honestly, I was just confused
and trying to do my best for the whole team. I have no idea.
I don't think anything mattered.
Okay. That's fair. How about you Whitney and Shannon?
Whitney: This is Whitney. We weren't expecting all four
chairs to turn so it was a surprise, a pleasant surprise,
and of course very flattering that all four coaches turned.
I think it did put a little bit of pressure on us moving
forward because we feel like we have to work really hard to
keep up that standard that we set, I guess. But it's also
very exciting to know that all four coaches are kind of on
our side. So yes.
Shannon: This is Shannon. I will
say that we kind of felt like after that point it went back
to an even playing field where it was really anyone's game.
Because we -- no matter what happened that day -- we knew
that everyone was going to give it their all for the
So we felt like we couldn't slack off or
just trust that our four-chair turn would get us through
because everyone was working so hard. So we really had to
work hard and make sure that we didn't just expect that the
best would happen just because of a four-chair turn.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Great. Thank you.
Operator: Thank you for your question.
Ladies and gentlemen, once more to register a question
please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone
keypad. Our next question is a follow-up question, I'm
sorry, from (Rashad Allison) with Virginian Pilot. Please
Rashad Allison: Hi, this message is for -
I mean message - this question is for JSOUL. J, how long has
it been since you've been in Virginia Beach and what do you
feel that The Voice could do for your career at this point?
JSOUL: I'm actually in Virginia Beach right now. I
come back and forth a lot. Yes, I still live in Virginia
Beach. I gig all up and down the East Coast, based out of
Virginia. I go from here to Philly. I go to Jersey, New
York, I go to North Carolina. So I feel like this will give
me the much needed exposure I need to further my next steps,
whether I want to put an album out, a single, an EP.
I also I want to do a lot of things to help my city.
There's a good charity coming up that Z104 does, I know.
It's called Stuff the Bus and I've been active in that every
year, and I really want to try to see if I can help them any
way I can too to help that. It gives toys for less fortunate
kids and stuff like that. But everything to do with my city
is probably my biggest goal. I consider Virginia Beach my
So the 7 by 7 is showing me a lot of love
right now. Hampton Roads is blowing up all my social media
and it makes me smile even more. I don't think I've gone to
sleep since it aired last night. I rested a little bit and
as soon as I wake up, ten minutes later I have like 1300
notifications from everybody. So it's surreal. It's great
and anything that I can get from this is going to be much
needed for me to further everything else with my career.
Rashad Allison: Okay, cool. And what do you think that
you could get from Adam on the show?
JSOUL: Adam is
one of my - he's one of the reasons I started to sing with
Maroon 5 and songs about Jane and between him and a couple
of other inspirations, I feel like he's going to ground me.
He's going to help me perfect anything I need to do with my
voice. He'll help me - he's obviously an amazing musician
and an amazing artist himself. So anything that I can learn
from him, I'm going to just soak up like a sponge.
Rashad Allison: Great. Thank you.
you for our question. Our next question is a follow-up
question from the line of Katie Rothburn with KPNX. Please
Katie Rothburn: Hi, Blaine. This question
is for you again. Since you are from the area, what is your
favorite place to gig or where do you gig the most often?
Blaine Long: That's a tough one. I used to play at
Pizzeria Bianco at Bar Bianco in the Heritage Square and
that was my favorite gig. I love the whole Bianco family.
But right now, probably my favorite place is Steve's
Greenhouse Grill. It's downtown Phoenix and I play on a
sidewalk that looks like I'm busking and I just love that
restaurant. I love the family there and they really support
original music and they've kept me gigging in the slow
season and everything. So they've been really great to me.
So it's got to be Steve's.
Katie Rothburn: Awesome.
Thank you so much.
Operator: Thank you for your
question. Our next question is a follow-up question from the
line of Beth Beacham with Hollywood Junket. Please proceed.
Beth Beacham: Hi, this question is for Johnny Rez and I
apologize if someone already asked you. My phone
disconnected earlier. My question is was there anything that
Blake could have said to you that would have changed your
mind to pick him? And also, what were you thinking when no
one was turning around and it was getting towards the end of
Johnny Rez: Yes, first of all when no one
was turning around, I was definitely sweating on the inside
quite a bit. I didn't know exactly what to expect and I was
- I basically got to the last note of the song and no one
had turned yet. And in my mind, I was like, well, I guess
this is going to be the outcome of this.
all of a sudden, Adam turns and Blake turns right away right
after. I don't know, as far as Blake saying something to
convince me to go with him, I realized watching it over last
night that he turned around and he stood up. And I just kind
of - it's so crazy.
When you're in that moment, you
step off that stage and at least in my personal case, it was
so hard to remember a lot of the dialogue that took place
and what had happened. I had - it was hard for me to choose
between them too going into it, just because I love Blake -
the person that he is and I love country music. But Adam is
just a little bit more geared towards what I do.
I'm really not sure exactly what Blake could have said
because to be honest, I just - in my mind I had already
decided to go with Adam and I kind of just fell back on that
decision that I had already made. And I think
Katie Rothburn: Well, thank you.
You covered both of them. Thank you so much.
Rez: Okay. Thank you.
Operator: Thank you for your
question. Our next question is a follow-up question from the
line of Mark Franklin with the Voice View. Please proceed.
Mark Franklin: Yes, this is for Josette. Josette,
how are you?
Josette Diaz: Hello. I'm doing well.
How are you?
Mark Franklin: Pretty good. Hey, I was
hoping you could talk to us a little bit about your audition
song, how you selected that song and why you thought it
worked out so well for you?
Josette Diaz: Love
Yourself is a very acoustic song and it's the simplicity of
it that I always really liked. Whenever I gig, it's always
just me and my guitar and the song is - all you hear really
is Justin Bieber and the guitar. And so yes, I thought it
was a perfect choice for me and my style of music.
Mark Franklin: Okay. And do you write your own music? Do you
have original music and how would you classify it?
Josette Diaz: I do. I'm a very, very, very big songwriter.
I've been writing since I was seven. I love writing music.
It's definitely a huge passion of mine. My music is very
chill - has a very kind of acoustic coffeehouse vibe to it.
And yes, I've been writing music for the longest time.
I started teaching myself how to play the guitar when I
was around ten years old and yes, after this, I taught
myself how to play the piano and I've been writing ever
Mark Franklin: Okay. Congratulations and best
Josette Diaz: Thank you very much.
Mark Franklin: Thank you for your question. Ms. Blanco,
there are no further questions. I'll turn the press
conference back to you.
Kaitlin Blanco: All right.
Then that wraps ups our call for today. Thanks everyone.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Operator: Ladies and
gentlemen, that concludes today's press conference. We thank
you all for your participation. You may now disconnect your
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