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By Suzanne

contestants 10/10

Interview with contestants from "The Voice" on NBC 10/10/18

I don't usually do these calls....Krista enjoys them, but she was out of town. It was great to speak to these wonderful singers. I hope one of them wins! I have to admit that Jake Wells is very cute and reminds me of Finn Jones, star of "Iron Fist."

NBC Universal Moderator: Abby Freemire
October 10, 2018 1:00 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by. And welcome to The Voice Season 15 Artists Advancing Press and Media Conference Call. As a reminder this conference is being recorded Wednesday, October 10, 2018. I would now like to turn the conference over to Abby Freemire with the Voice P.R. Please go ahead maíam.

Abby Freemire: Hi everyone. Thanks so much for joining our call today. Joining us today from Team Adam we have Jake Wells and Funsho, from Team Blake we have Caeland Garner, from Team JHud we have Lela and from Team Kelly we have Abby Cates.

Operator: Our first question comes from Suzanne Lanoue with TV MegaSite. You may proceed with your question.

Suzanne Lanoue: Hi good morning everyone.

Group: Good morning.

Suzanne Lanoue: Iím sorry, good afternoon I guess for some. So my first question is for Funsho. What was it like when Adam Levine called you one of the best vocalists to ever be on the show?

Funsho: That was the best compliment I could receive from the best person who could give it because, you know, his opinion matters a lot as far as how he thinks of me as an artist and how much he values my talent. So hearing him say that was really reassuring especially considering the fact that I grew up listening to his music a lot. So I look at him as an inspiration as an artist. So it was really cool to hear him say that in person.

Suzanne Lanoue: It must have been amazing, thank you.

Funsho: Yes it was incredible.

Operator: Our next question comes from Mark Franklin with the Voice Views. You may proceed with your question.

Mark Franklin: Yes my question is for Lela. Lela how are you today?

Lela: Hello Iím good how are you?

Mark Franklin: Pretty good. Hey I was wondering if you could tell us what led you to The Voice and why you decided to do the show at such a young age?

Lela: Because this is a dream Iíve always wanted and Iím always doing this Ė Iím singing and dancing. Iím always practicing. So Iím very used to striving for what I want and then once I saw that The Voice was coming I just thought I have to do this. I donít lose anything from this. I just wanted to try and see how it goes. And then thank God everything went great and now Iím on Team JHud.

Mark Franklin: Okay. And how did Lela become the stage name you used for the show?

Lela: Because Ė okay my actual name, my name is (Pamela Restrepo). And at first I was like, nobodyís going to remember this name because my last name is so complicated and people will make fun of me and all that. And my whole life since I was a baby my whole family would call me Lela because when I was a baby I didnít know how to pronounce my name. So I would just say Lela. And ever since that everybody calls me Lela. And I think itís simple, itís cute and itís just who I am.

Mark Franklin: Okay, great, thank you very much and best of luck moving forward.

Lela: Thank you very much.

Operator: Our next question comes from Elizabeth Kwiatkowski with the Reality TV World. You may proceed with your question.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Hi a question for Funsho. Adam, Kelly and Jennifer all turned around for you. It was clear to me Adam was the most complimentary of you and fought hardest to win you. But going into your audition did you have a different coach in mind whom you would have liked to work with and maybe Adam simply won you over from that?

Funsho: Going into my audition I intended on picking Adam. Like I said Iíve always been a fan of Adam and Maroon 5. And I just appreciate his artistry and what heís done on the show, you know, his tenure, being there since Season 1, like, I just felt he would be the best person to work with on the show because he knows the ins and outs. Heís been through it 14 times already. And then him saying all the complimentary things that he said only reassured that even further.

But also hearing what the other coaches had to say made it not as easy of a decision as I thought it would be. I was tempted by that really cool jacket as well.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Okay. And that comment about Adam saying youíre one of the best vocalists heís heard throughout the blind auditions that would make me think that he wouldnít let you go in the battle round. So I mean did that comment light a fire under you or did it maybe do just the opposite and that it took some of the pressure off and gave you enough confidence to maybe relax and enjoy yourself a little bit going into the battle round?

Funsho: I would definitely say it did a little bit of both in the sense that hearing him say that was reassuring because someone you look up to basically validated that youíre a good artist, that youíre talented. It gives you a little bit of confidence. But at the same time it also made me want to work harder so I can uphold that standard.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Okay, excellent, thank you.

Funsho: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from M.J. Santilli with Mjsbigblog. You may proceed with your question.

M.J. Santilli: Hi this question is for Lela. Hi. Even though Kelly Clarkson was very enthusiastic, you chose Team JHud instead. Could you explain why?

Lela: Because all my life Iíve been a theatre kid. And, with my friends, in my theatre club Jennifer Hudson was praised and, Iíve been watching her movies and when she performs. Iíve always really admired her. And sheís an Oscar winner. And sheís in theatre, like I am. She also understands that aspect. And Iíve always had that in me. Like if she turns around, I would be so happy to choose her.

But then once Kelly turned around and she told me all those really nice things it made it harder for me. But I just went with my gut. And I was really looking forward to see what I can learn from her.

M.J. Santilli: What has it been like working with her?

Lela: Basically just feel confident on the stage and just go full out, like, donít hide yourself. Just be yourself, donít be afraid. Go all out and just perform the best you can. Thatís one of the greatest things I can learn from her to feel confident.

M.J. Santilli: Thank you.

Lela: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from Dawn Kane with the Greensboro News and Record. You may proceed with your question.

Dawn Kane: Hi this question is for Caeland. Caeland greetings from North Carolina. A two-part question the first one easy. What schools did you attend and also how did you get on The Voice? What was the path that led you there?

Caeland Garner: Yes maíam what was your name one more time?

Dawn Kane: Dawn.

Caeland Garner: Nice to meet you Dawn. Yes maíam. So the schools I went to when I grew up my elementary school was Courage, North Carolina, where my momma taught. I went to Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur, North Carolina. I played baseball there and I was just always in music. And then I went to college at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina. And I played baseball there. I threw javelin and shotput for the track team and was on cross country. And I would drive every weekend pretty much when I wasnít in sports to Nashville to be a studio musician.

And I grew up playing bluegrass and singing in church. And when I started touring when I was about 13 years old as a touring musician through bluegrass and I was playing some southern rock and different things. And I met a guy named Red Marlow through some guys in Nashville I knew. And Red asked me to play in his band. And eventually when I graduated and went to college he asked me to move to Nashville. So I packed up an old camper I had and I moved to Nashville and lived there for four years just struggling to put food on my table and sometimes I mean honestly there were times Iíd sleep in my truck after I got out of the campground when I didnít have any money because I wasnít able to play music anymore. And I signed my first publishing deal and the journey kind of took off from there as an artist and my song writing career. And I kind of always tried to follow my heart and be the person my mom and dad raised me to be.

And I just thought Iíve always wanted to be kind of a light for where I grew up because I always knew the people that didnít have a whole lot. And I just kind of wanted to chase my dreams to show people back home that dreams are worth chasing. And if you work hard enough you can catch them, you know?

Dawn Kane: Did you audition for the Voice?

Caeland Garner: Yes maíam I did. One of my friends, Baber, he was on a couple seasons back. He actually came to my show one night and told me he was, like, man you need to think about The Voice. And at the time I was really hoping hard, you know, I was praying about a way that I could grow my following. And so I got in touch with some people on the show and auditioned and it led me to the blind audition and thatís kind of how it happened.

Dawn Kane: And who was the friend again?

Caeland Garner: My buddy was Baber. Itís Barrett Baber.

Dawn Kane: Okay thank you very much Caeland.

Caeland Garner: Yes maíam god bless you. Have a great day.

Dawn Kane: You too.

Operator: We have a follow up question from Suzanne Lanoue with the TV MegaSite. You may proceed with your question.

Suzanne Lanoue: Thank you. My next question is for Abby.

Abby Cates: Hi.

Suzanne Lanoue: Yes hi. Obviously all of you have amazing voices. I was wondering what do you do Ė do you warmup? First of all do you sing every day unless youíre sick or something and do you have a particular warmup routine you use for your voice?

Abby Cates: Well yes I definitely do sing every day. And as far as warmup Iím a cedar kid. So Iím always doing just, like, your traditional scales and things like that. A lot of people definitely have their own specific ways that they like to warmup. But I kind of have a traditional, cedar kid outlook. Just drink tea and do scales and arpeggios and things like that.

Suzanne Lanoue: Okay great. And who would you say was Ė I assume you took voice lessons at some point or had a voice teacher. Is there one that you particularly liked that inspired you the most?

Abby Cates: Yes definitely. I started doing musical theatre in second grade. And the music director was my future voice teacher (Becky Barrett-Jones). And I kept in touch with her and she actually ended up being one of my chaperones when we were at The Voice. So Iíve known her since I was in like the second grade and sheís been a really big inspiration for me musically.

Suzanne Lanoue: Oh thatís great. Well thanks a lot.

Abby Cates: Thank you.

Operator: Our next follow up question comes from Mark Franklin with The Voice Views. You may proceed with your question.

Mark Franklin: Yes Iíd like to ask Abby a question as well. How are you Abby?

Abby Cates: I am great how are you?

Mark Franklin: Pretty good. Hey youíve already got something, like, 180,000 followers on Instagram. How did that happen?

Abby Cates: Yes. So I started my account in, like, the eighth grade about four or five years ago Ė five years ago. And at first it was just something that I did to entertain myself because I had just moved to a new place and I wasnít really hanging out with people yet. But it kind of blew up the summer before my freshman year of high school. So it kind of went from, like, 10,000 followers to, like, 30,000 in one summer which was kind of crazy. And then it just gradually grew and Iíve been reposted on bigger accounts that kind of added to it. And yes people just tagged their friends, like, kind of a social media game.

It's kind of a mystery to me, Iím so thankful that itís grown so much. But I donít really even know how it has gotten this far. But Iím so thankful that I have that platform to work with. And yes it kind of just grew gradually over a couple of years.

Mark Franklin: Okay and how do you feel about the matchup of you and Kelly?

Abby Cates: I was a one chair turn so just Kelly turned around. But even if all of the chairs had turned around I probably would still pick Kelly because I just think she has been one of my idols in life and music. I listened to her music when I was in, like, elementary school. And after she won Idol, Iíve always loved her. And I think sheís just such an amazing person. She seems to be a very down to earth and grounded person and I love how she is as a coach. Sheís very, encouraging and I really like that about her. Itís a really good match.

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

Abby Cates: Thank you.

Operator: Another follow up question from Elizabeth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World. You may proceed with your question.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: I have a question for Caeland. How much of an impact did Red Marlow have in your decision to audition for the Voice? Like did Red tell you anything about his own experience on the show that made you think, like, youíd give it a try?

Caeland Garner: Oh shoot yes. Man, Redís a brother of mine. And when he was actually out on the show we had several friends that have been on the show and done well. And we were texting just the whole time back and forth. So I knew what a great experience it was for him to be out there. And I remember the day I called him. I was, like, man I have a chance to go out to L.A. to audition for the TV show The Voice. And he said, ďStop right there. Caeland Garner if you donít do this we ainít friends no more.Ē

So I was, like, all right, there you go. And I was ready to do it. And then talking to the show I asked him, I was, like, you know, this guyís been a huge influence of mine not only as a person because heís a good man, but as a singer because in the early years I didnít know a lot of people in this town and I knew how hard it was as a songwriter and he was introducing me to the biggest writers that I could possibly get in the room with. And on top of that Red Ė a lot of people donít know it but he was here for 13 years as a demo singer and was one of the biggest demo singers in Nashville. Almost half the songs I was listening to in the 2000s that were on the radio he was the one actually singing the songs in the studio for the songwriters for them to pitch to the artist.

So he was teaching me constantly, how to perfect my voice and how to get in the studio and listening to the artist that I was going to do backgrounds for because I was singing backgrounds for him. So he was just a huge part of my whole journey. I would reach out to him and still, like, man I just need some advice on, you know, like, how to navigate through this world of the show. And heís always been there for me and he was a huge influence on me doing this. He really kind of put my heart at ease to know that this was the right step for my life.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Thatís awesome. And Caeland is Blake the coach you wanted going into your blind audition, like, is it safe to say there was very little chance of you choosing Jennifer or were you really considering it?

Caeland Garner: Well no itís crazy because Ė so I grew up singing a lot of different music. I love Brian McKnight and, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. And I just sing, a lot of Boys II Men and a lot of oldies music growing up. So I had a huge kind of soul R&B influence. And when Jennifer turned at the same time Blake did I remember singing and I remember in the moment going oh crap. Like I might just pick Jennifer right now. But I mean, you know, being here in Nashville Iíve never met Blake. But heís always been kind of an inspiration to me musically because heís got the career that I have been striving for and sacrificed everything in my life to get.

And so it was kind of, like, all right God, you know, what, Iím not going to take a chance at this. Iím going to go to Blake Shelton because heís going to be the one that can teach me something and I just told my heart so I had to go with Blake. I mean at the end of the day I couldnít look at Red in the next room and go well Redís over there and if I choose Jennifer heís going to be, like, you big dummy. So I just went with my heart and chose Blake.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Great, thanks.

Caeland Garner: Yes maíam thanks. Hope you have a great day.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: You too.

Operator: Our next follow up question comes from M.J. Santilli with Mjsbigblog. You may proceed with your question.

M.J. Santilli: I have a question for Jake.

Jake Wells: Hello.

M.J. Santilli: Hi. You chose to perform a Bryan Adams song and heís a very prolific songwriter and very eclectic. I was wondering how you would describe your musical style.

Jake Wells: I think historically what I tend to create when left to my own devices is very soulful influences with a lot of funk and naturally I gravitate towards vocal harmony. So Iím heavily influenced by songwriters, like, Justin Vernon from Bon Iver and Alan Stone and Matt Corby - songwriters that tap into the soul of their voice and also know how to find, like, a groove but can prioritize making something beautiful as well.

M.J. Santilli: So what kind of record would you imagine yourself making?

Jake Wells: Well yes so I actually have a catalogue of music that Iíve already released on all streaming platforms. And so when I say historically what I mean is accurately to describe the music that I already have created I think thatís how I would put it best.

M.J. Santilli: Okay. And also one other question. What has working with Adam Levine taught you?

Jake Wells: Working with Adam Levine I think has taught me to step into the confidence, step into the shoes of playing a bigger game and being a performer and finding confidence in my own skillset and in myself and really owning that at my core. I think thatís something that Adam does profoundly well.

M.J. Santilli: Well thank you. Iíll have to check out your music.

Jake Wells: Yes please do.

Operator: Our next follow up question comes from Dawn Kane with Greensboro News Record. You may proceed with your question.

Dawn Kane: Thank you. Caeland a couple more things. What are your parentsí names? How did your dad influence your music and do you have any North Carolina appearances scheduled, any performances?

Caeland Garner: Yes maíam. So my motherís name is (Martha) Garner. My fatherís name is (Chuck) Garner. Did you ask me how my father influenced me?

Dawn Kane: Yes your music.

Caeland Garner: Yes maíam. So itís kind of 50-50 in a strange way I would say of who, why I became the artist I am. So my father grew up as a songwriter and a musician. My dad can play every single instrument. And he doesnít even know heís a genius but he is. And he just Ė he always just picks stuff up and starts playing it. And he would listen to the radio and he could tell me exactly what a guitar player was and hum it back to me and never forgot the melodies. So at a very young age I think it was five years old my mom put a piano in front of me because her mother played piano in church.

So I started playing piano for, like, seven years. And I played four years organ under lessons. And thatís the only lessons Iíve ever taken. And then my dad when I was old enough to hold a guitar he put one in my hands and he was, like, here. And I was, like, okay can you show me stuff. And he showed me three chords. And then he told me after that he was, like, Iím not going to teach you anything else because if you love it youíll chase it yourself.

And so I grew up kind of picked on and I didnít have a whole lot of friends mostly because I was just a weird kid. And I would go home and practice for six and seven hours a day. Just sit in my room. I would sit down with a CD player and my momma had an old record player. And I would pick up whatever instrument was laying around Ė Dobro, mandolin, guitar or the piano and I would learn every single instrument on whatever song I was listening to at the time.

So my dad influenced me because he put me in the bluegrass world. And I was doing that and I was singing country music and I was doing southern rock because he loved that. And then my momma she was always listening to the Eagles and she was listening to, you know, the Beatles and Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and Brian McKnight and Boys II Men. And was throwing all this oldies music at me.

So I always had that to listen to. And I remember, I was never really accepted growing up vocally as a lead singer because I was playing bluegrass music and I wanted to sing soul music. So I always had, like, a very unique individuality in my voice. And I just kind of kept going with that. And I guess thatís how I became who I am as an artist.

Dawn Kane: Do you have any North Carolina appearances scheduled and can you say when youíll next appear on the show on The Voice?

Caeland Garner: I donít know my next appearance on The Voice maíam. But I do know that I have as of right now Ė let me look real quick October 20 Iím actually going to be playing at City Limit Saloon.

Dawn Kane: Where is that?

Caeland Garner: Itís in Raleigh, North Carolina. Yes maíam, itís called City Limit Saloon and Iíll be opening for a friend of mine on the show Mikele Buck.

Dawn Kane: A friend of yours on the show?

Caeland Garner: Yes we met on the show out there

Dawn Kane: Oh okay.

Caeland Garner: Yes and he kind of reached out to me because he wanted some help in Nashville through song writing and thatís what I do full time. I write on a publishing deal and I produce. So I was, like, Iíll introduce you to people and Iíd love to help you out because thatís what weíre put on this earth to do. And he asked me he was, like, man I know you toured full time because right before the show I came off a three-month stadium tour in Canada and I toured by myself playing through a loop where I play all the instruments and I sing it all live. I perform it live. So I told him yes Iíll come down there and just do the show by myself and do my loop show and weíll have a good time.

Dawn Kane: Okay thank you very much.

Caeland Garner: Thank you very much. Have a great day.

Dawn Kane: You too.

Operator: Our next question comes from Beth Beacham with Hollywood Junket. You may proceed with your question.

Beth Beacham: Hi everyone. Hi good morning. My question is for Funsho.

Funsho: Hi how are you?

Beth Beacham: Hi how are you?

Funsho: Iím fine how are you?

Beth Beacham: Good, great. In your package you mentioned you had competed in talent shows as a chile. And Iím curious if any of that ground sort of prepared you for The Voice competition.

Funsho: Well what I was able to bring was auditioning for other TV competitions, like, American Idol and I actually auditioned for The Voice a few times or the initial casting process and never having made it. So that whole process of trying and failing sort of conditioned me to work harder as an artist and get to the point where Iím at now where I can audition and actually be successful.

Beth Beacham: With those experiences how did you know what to do differently?

Funsho: I felt, like, what to do differently just came with time and growth and just continuing to hone in on my craft. And who I am as an artist and a person and that whole package of how I present myself visually and as a musician, you know, itís been something Iíve dealt with over the time that Iíve been going through the years. And failing and those kinds of endeavors and finally being here and feeling like I am fully myself as an artist fully realized.

Beth Beacham: Also Iím curious when you said you left your government job. How did your parents take that? What was that like? What was their reaction?

Funsho: They were supportive of it because this was really relying on the hope that my blind audition would go well. And my parents have always believed in me as an artist and believed in me as a person and encouraged me on going in and really focusing on my education. But still supported my music as long as I had a plan B. But when this opportunity came along it seemed, like, it would be my big break. And they didnít really want to discourage that. So they werenít upset that I quit my job because they understood that it was to pursue a music career and now a bigger opportunity.

Beth Beacham: Okay thank you so much. Best of luck.

Funsho: Thank you, appreciate it.

Operator: We have a follow up question from Suzanne Lanoue with the TV MegaSite. You may proceed with your question.

Suzanne Lanoue: My last question is for Caeland. I was reading the other day that Luciana Pavarotti never learned to read music. And a lot of the famous musicians, like, Elvis, Michael Jackson, the Beatles many of them never learned to read music. So my question to you is do you know how to read music and do you have any kind of opinion in general about reading music and being letís say a working musician or popstar?

Caeland Garner: Wow maíam ,thank you for the question first off. And you probably arenít ready for the answer. But so Ė as a kid my mother went through a rough pregnancy with me. And when I was born they were actually told that I wasnít going to make it. And then they later they were told I was going to be a vegetable. And I had a lot of developmental issues Ė talking and learning to focus. Iíve got really bad dyslexia.

And the reason I tell you that is because so early on they discovered that I had a knack for music. And they put me into piano lessons. So going through piano I was taught how to read music. And I can read music. But I canít read it quick enough to play. Thatís my problem. I get caught up and itís just, itís overload for my brain. So my dad always learned how to play by ear so thatís what I started doing. I can hear a melody and I can pick up an instrument and I can play it now.

And so as a producer because I have a couple projects Iíve put out here in town. Iíve had some label interest over the years that pushed me to go to The Voice so I can grow my following. So as a producer I just started learning and looking up some of my heroes that were producers and learning how to hear it and kind of go that direction with it as far as playing. And I utilize the national number system. And the national number system is something that happened in the studio is where thereís a number associated with every chord. And if you need to transpose the song to a different key then the numbers still apply to whatever key youíre in. So I use that a lot for doing my music if that helps out at all.

Suzanne Lanoue: Yes, no thatís interesting. Thank you. And do you think itís normal or not normal do you think itís the norm for people working in Nashville or across the country to play more by ear or do you think most people do know how to read music?
Caeland Garner: well I think itís the norm for musicians to just play by ear because to me, you know, at the end of the day, Iíve done it all. Like Iíve really learned to write. Iíve learned to read music and try to do things the correct way because I want to become the best artist, musician, songwriter I can possibly be. At the end of the day Iíve learned what Iím really trying to practice in my day to day writing I woke up this morning and I had a song writing session.

And I remember having the thought Caeland keep it simple. At the end of the day, everything I write is for my artist career pretty much. And when I write something I always try to tell myself the person that Iím singing to is my own. And as an artist thatís who you want to connect with. And they donít always want the most complicated thought out musical thing in the world.

They just want something that makes them tap their feet and feel good. And, I had a fellow tell me one time, you know, you want to do one thing through music and thatís make somebody cry. And whether they cry tears of joy or tears of sadness it doesnít matter. But if you can do that youíve captivated an audience and youíve connected with somebody through a musical sense. So thatís kind of what I try to do is just play whatever I feel because if I feel it then itís right. And thatís about the only way to do it.

Suzanne Lanoue: That sounds right. And I wasnít making a judgment. Iím not saying oneís correct. Itís just Luciana Pavarotti and Paul McCartney donít need to read musicÖ

Caeland Garner: No, amen. No Iím right there with you. Yes Iím right there with you.

Suzanne Lanoue: Thank you.

Caeland Garner: And, you know, yes maíam thank you, you have a great day.

Suzanne Lanoue: Thank you.

Operator: Our next follow up question comes from Mark Franklin with the Voice View. You may proceed with your question.

Mark Franklin: Yes I had a follow up question for Lela. Lela what were some of the bigger things youíve done musically prior to The Voice?

Lela: First of all thank you and hello. Iíve been doing musical theatre, like, all my life. But Iím also a dancer. So Iíve been performing, Iíve been competing. I performed once in the Miami Heat Stadium at a game in the half-time show as a dancer. So that was one of the biggest audiences Iíve ever performed in but that was dancing. In local theatre I think I enjoy being, like, the big theatres on a stage Iíve been doing it and I love it so much. But Iíve never done something as big as The Voice. So it is, my biggest accomplishment so far. It isnít, like, Iíve been doing all my life. In my little 15 years that Iíve been living Iíve been doing musical theatre all my life.

Mark Franklin: Okay. And do you also Ė have you also tried recording any music of your own or anything, like, that?

Lela: No I havenít tried that yet. I really dreamed of it and I like to sit down and just think because I think a lot and I imagine a lot. So then I like to sit in my room and just bring ideas together, have my little journal. I have my vision of what I would like to be as an artist. And I have my little songs in my journal. And I know that when the momentís right itíll happen.

Mark Franklin: Okay and if you were to make music what type of music do you think youíd make?

Lela: I definitely would do Latin music. Thatís my style. That my heritage for making it very modern and fun. I like music that can pump up an audience and get people to dance because I love the feeling of dancing. A feeling of forgetting about life. So Iíd love to make very upbeat Latin music that can do that to somebody. So Iíd go to that side.

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

Lela: Thank you so much have a good day.

Operator: Our next follow up question comes from M.J. Santilli with Mjsbigblog. You may proceed with your question.

M.J. Santilli: Hi yes this question is for Abby.

Abby Cates: Hi.

M.J. Santilli: You talked about performing for (unintelligible). I was wondering if you performed for any crowds bigger than that?

Abby Cates: Yes I definitely Ė well I lead worship at my high school. So thatís, like, every week Ė well last year I did it more often. But in front of my entire school but my schoolís kind of small. So itís only, like, 500 people. But thatís an audience that Iím comfortable performing in front of because I know the people so itís a little bit easier here.

But Iíve sung, like, national anthems. Itís kind of, wherever I can be singing in front of people itís where Iíll do it. I sang the national anthem for my Scuba Four and the Dayton Dragons, the baseball team. And yes, I will perform wherever I can. So Iím comfortable in front of an audience from also doing theatre and being in big theatre surroundings. But yes mostly Iím comfortable with worship, like, in front of churches which is good. And then also just anywhere I can perform.

M.J. Santilli: Yes because I thought youíve been very comfortable on stage. And so I was wondering if you had had performed in any bigger audiences.

Abby Cates: Yes definitely worship and also online I have a lot of people but thatís not as nerve-wracking.

M.J. Santilli: How would you describe your musical style?

Abby Cates: I would definitely say itís mostly, like, itís definitely pop music but with a lot of soul, R&B influences. I wouldnít say that Iím 100% pop. I kind of like to have a little bit more of a soulful vibe with it and then also I kind of like to provide some alternative in there too.

M.J. Santilli: Oh whoís some of your favorite artists?

Abby Cates: Well definitely Alessia Cara who I sang for my audition. I love her. And kind of I listen to so many people and right now Iím really into kind of that R&B, like, (Jenae Isso) I love her and I have such a wide variety that I donít even Ė I just have so many favorite artists I can name.

M.J. Santilli: Okay well thank you.

Abby Cates: Thank you.

Operator: Our next follow up question comes from Mark Franklin with the Voice View. You may proceed with your question.

Mark Franklin: Yes my question is for Jake. Hey Jake how are you?

Jake Wells: Hey whatís going on?

Mark Franklin: Hey that chair came at the very last second. I was wondering if you could talk to me a little bit about what that felt like.

Jake Wells: I remember being in complete shock. To be honest with you in the last bit of my performance I had kind of Ė I had accepted the fact that it looked, like, I wasnít going to get a chair turn. I thought that I knew pretty clearly where the chairs would have turned in that song, you know, that song is so beautiful but it doesnít have huge moments. So I really tried to capture what it had. And when a chair didnít turn there near the end of the song I was, like, okay at one point I think Iím going to just perform a beautiful song for the people in this room and thatís going to be the extent of it.

And then I remember closing my eyes and when I opened them back up all of the chairs were being turned around. Adam was so last minute that it was, like, a split second ahead of the other three coaches. And so in the very beginning portion of that moment I was so disoriented I wasnít sure if I should celebrate because I wasnít positive that he had turned around or if maybe it was just a fluke. So I didnít want to prematurely celebrate, like, but I remember as I was starting to process it and the shock kind of was subsiding a little bit there I was so happy. Adam was who I was hoping for from the very beginning of this process. And having that come to fruition and seeing that come together was absolutely just mind-blowingly awesome.

Mark Franklin: And can you tell me a little bit about how you transitioned from the family band to being your own musician?

Jake Wells: The transition was definitely slow. My family has played music together since I can remember. And, you know, even when we werenít traveling the country performing for churches we still loved to play music together. I think as adulthood came to be and I graduated high school and moved out of my parentís house and started realizing my love for music as a songwriter and as a performer, went way beyond just playing at church and doing these things. I gradually started stepping into that role and kind of giving myself the confidence and saying, you know, what you do have something that you need to share with the world and you do have something to say and I think itís time to do that.

The sort of Ė the catalyst to me writing music and confidently singing was a hitchhiking trip that I took across the country. Really it was more accurately down the entire West Coast. And I just brought a guitar with me and had the songs that I knew how to play guitar. And the songs I knew how to sing and that was how I made money to eat while I was hitchhiking. And so that definitely kind of solidified for me who I am as a songwriter, who I am as a vocalist and who I am as a performer.

Mark Franklin: Wow interesting okay, thank you very much, best of luck.

Jake Wells: Thank you.
Abby Freemire: Thank you and that will wrap our call for today.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen that concludes the conference call for today. We thank you for your participation and we ask that you please disconnect your lines.

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