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Interview with singers from "The Voice" on
You'll see that Siannha and
Ivonne were not on the call. My questions were for
them, so she told me to email her my questions. My question
to Ivonne was "What was it like to get two steals and how
did you decide to work with Blake rather than Gwen?"
Here is Ivonne's
response: It was totally unbelievable to not only
get one, but two steals. I was not expecting any of
them (hence the ugly crying face during that moment
lol) I could've sworn at that moment that I was
going home. I am so fortunate to be able to continue
to learn from these superstars. I have no idea how I
made my decision. At the moment I just went with my
gut and as I mentioned it in the show I have always
wanted to work with Blake, so when I got the
opportunity to do it, I just couldn't let it go. I
am a huge fan of Gwen and I was honored to see her
fight for me but like I said, but I just had to go
with my gut.
Here are the responses from
Krista: How does it feel to
be 15 years old and to be participating in a show like "The
Siannha: It feels so amazing to have an opportunity that
barely anyone gets to have, let alone fifteen year olds. I
am just very grateful for this opportunity.
Krista: How did you feel when you found out you won the
Siannha: I just in pure shock because I felt that Ivonne and
I did our best jobs out there. I had no idea who he was
going to choose. I was just so happy that he chose me.
THE VOICE ADVANCING ARTISTS PRESS AND MEDIA
Moderator: Shauna Wynne
October 14, 2015 1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by and
welcome to The Voice Advancing Artists, 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 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 on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
I would now like to turn the conference over to Ms. Shauna
Wynne with Voice Publicity. Please go ahead.
Shauna Wynne: Hey everyone, thanks for joining our
conference call with The Voice Advancing Artists. Again,
this call is being recorded. So if youíd like a transcript
you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining us today from Team Adam we have Keith Semple. From
Team Blake we have Chris Crump. From Team Gwen we have Kota
Wade and Jeffery Austin. And from Team Pharrell we have Madi
From Team Blake, Ivonne will not be able to join, and Team
Pharrell, Siahna will not be able to join. So if you have
questions specifically for them, go ahead and email me and
Iíll put you in loop with them.
Out of respect for all journalists, please only ask one
question at a time. You will have the option to queue again
later. And if your question is for the whole group, please
designate one artist to answer first.
I will now turn the call over to the question and answer
Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen if you would like
to register a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4
on your telephone. You will hear a three-toned prompt to
acknowledge your request.
If your question has been answered and you would like to
redraw your registration, please press the 1 followed by the
3. If youíre using a speakerphone please lift your handset
before entering your request. One moment please for the
Our first question comes from the line Josh Maloni with
Niagara Frontier Publications. Please proceed.
Josh Maloni: Thank you. My question is for Keith. How you
doing today Keith?
Keith Semple: Hey Josh. Howís it going man?
Josh Maloni: Good. So youíre already a talented musician
with a good amount of experience coming into the show. Iím
wondering - I was really impressed with your second
performance that we saw last night.
What would you say youíve learned, and how would you say
youíve grown as an artist since participating in the show?
Keith Semple: Well Iím pleasantly surprised to find out that
I still have plenty to learn, and thatís really nice because
I thought, you know, after 17 years I pretty much had
learned most of what I needed to learn.
But I definitely think my voice is definitely got a lot
stronger. And a few people have been commenting at my shows
here in Chicago that my range has improved and that my just
overall sort of technique has improved and sounds better.
And so if people are noticing that, that must be a good
thing so, Iím happy about that.
Josh Maloni: Do you attribute that all to your coach, or to
what do you attribute that?
Keith Semple: Iíd have to say mostly your vocal coach; to
(Lonnie). And Iím always very skeptical of these things. Iím
just a skeptic in general in life, so itís sort of weird
when I have - I like to be proven wrong, you know.
And (unintelligible) has definitely done that. She has made
me a true believer in the whole vocal coach thing. And so I
feel like Iím stronger, I feel like my throat is healthier,
and I feel like I can hit notes and hold them. I feel like
even my technique has gotten a lot better of doing runs and
licks and stuff, so Iím very happy with that. And I think
(unintelligible) done to her.
Josh Maloni: Okay, thank you. Good luck with the show.
Keith Semple: Cheers. Thanks man.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Mark
Franklin with Voice Views. Please proceed.
Mark Franklin: Yes, Iíd like to hear from the three people
who won battles we didnít see last night. I was wondering if
each of you can fill us in on what we missed. How you
prepared, what your strategy was; why you think the decision
went in your favor. And if we could start with Kota, please.
Shauna Wynne: Kota, make sure youíre not on mute please.
Kota Wade: Oh sorry, I was on mute. Hi, how are you. So when
I found out that I was going to be singing a song that No
Doubt had done, I was really, really, really nervous. And it
proved to be a really difficult song to battle with.
And we rehearsed a ton and there was lots of notes given.
And it was really nerve-wracking having to perform a song
that was so special to Gwen, to her face and know that she
was thinking of it in a completely different way than we
were thinking of it.
And just the preparation that went into it, this was
probably the hardest Iíve ever worked on anything in my
life, and the most nervous Iíve ever been in my life.
And I - my strategy going into it was I was literally going
to leave everything on the table. I was going to show them
everything I had.
So what you didnít see was how crazy I was, running around
the stage and kind of just singing my lungs out. And it
apparently worked. The coaches all kind of said, you know,
it was just like an interesting way that I performed it. But
it kind of pushed me a little bit over the top. So my
strategy worked and Iím very grateful that Gwen saw
something in me.
Mark Franklin: Do you think thatís what turned the tide in
your favor, just the energy you showed?
Kota Wade: I do; I do. All along Gwen had been telling me to
really tap into that passion because she knows that Iím a
trained singer. That Iíve been doing this my whole life. And
she wanted me to kind of let go of all my technique and just
kind of, you know, tap into the passion and the energy and
really channel the song and the emotions.
So it took me a while to learn what she really meant by
that. And I think she saw that I really took into account
what she had been telling me. And I think thatís what made
her lean towards me.
Mark Franklin: Great, thanks. (Unintelligible) Jeffery
Kota Wade: Mm-hmm.
Jeffery Austin: Hi, this is Jeffery. So when I found out I
was going to be paired with my partner, Noah Jackson I was
pretty scared because the guy has got incredible control and
such a great tone for someone his age. Heís only 19.
And furthermore our song, Canít Feel My Face by The Weekend
was absolutely more in his wheelhouse. And so I was
And going into the rehearsals, and Gwen and (Selena) that
definitely showed because I didnít really, you know, give
any emotions this song. I also am a trained singer and kind
of come from that trained background, so when I first dig
into a song I really was only looking at it from the
vocalist perspective versus a performer.
And Gwen (unintelligible) appreciates the ability that you
have as a vocalist and a technical singer, she really
doesnít care about it if thereís nothing behind it with
emotion. And so thatís all I worked on.
And you know, really getting comfortable, you know, dancing
and singing on stage, because itís not anything that I would
have ever chosen for myself or done, but what Iím glad about
that performance is it pushed me to do that and it made me
so much more comfortable as a performer going forward.
And so I think thatís what she really saw, and there was
just a clip of her feedback, but it was really all about the
progress that I had shown from the first panino rehearsal
with (Selena) to the performance on stage.
Mark Franklin: Great, thanks. And next weíll go to Madi,
Madi Davis: Yes, so can you hear me?
Mark Franklin: Fine.
Madi Davis: Yes, okay sorry, I was just making sure I wasnít
on mute because our phone is like not working.
So yes, when I - something funny about - okay, so I knew I
was going to be paired with Sydney as soon as I found out
that she was going to be on Pharrellís team. Because out of
everybody on our team, it just made the most sense to put me
and her together, not only because weíre close in age but
because we have sort of similar styles.
And the harder part about finding out that I was going to be
with Sydney was that she - weíve been friends since, you
know, executive callbacks for the show. And you know, pretty
much since the beginning of the whole process and weíve been
going through it together.
So it was - when I first found out I was kind of upset. But
then I realized that, I mean how many people get to sing on
national television with one of their close friends. You
know, do a duet with their closest friend on TV. I thought
it was - I kind of saw the bright side and you know, I just
kind of buckled down.
And you know we decided that we were going to work really
hard on it. And we really did the arrangement. We were
pretty much up all night the day before our reality
rehearsal kind of hammering away at the arrangement and
trying to perfect it. And you know I think Pharrell really
But what you guys didnít see about the rehearsals around the
piano was that Sydney has this really strong voice thatís
really loud and just really powerful. And Pharrell thought
that I was going to be sort of overshadowed by her power if
I didnít, you know, find a little bit of my own. And he kept
saying that over and over again.
We would sing and he would say something like that and we
would sing again and he would say something like that again.
It was really frustrating for me because I felt like no
matter what I did, I wasnít going to be as powerful as
Sydney. And I was just going to be really dully compared to
her as far as vocals strength goes.
And so the, you know, time went on and I really just - I
worked so hard to kind of find that part of myself that
Pharrell was talking about. And you know the next rehearsal
they suggested that we didnít play guitars. And we both were
kind of like, I think we should anyway.
And then the day before our battle we kind of decided not to
play them. And I think that thatís what really kind of set
me up kind of rise to the occasion I guess, because it
helped me to sing better and louder. And you know, really
kind of showed Pharrell that I was willing to do what he
asked me to do, and apparently rise to the occasion like he
So yes, I mean itís a bummer that Sydney didnít get stolen
though, because she - like I said, she was one of my closest
friends. But, Iím glad to be advancing.
Mark Franklin: Okay, thanks. (Unintelligible) turned out
really, really well.
Madi Davis: Thank you. Thank you.
Mark Franklin: And congratulations to all three you and,
best of luck.
Madi Davis: Thank you.
Kota Wade: Thank you.
Jeffery Wade: Thanks.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Earl
Dittman with Digital Journal. Please proceed.
Earl Dittman: Chris, dude, what an incredible performance.
You made us Houston proud. Just incredible.
Chris Crump: Thank you sir. This is Chris. Thank you so
Earl Dittman: No, it was fantastic to watch. Of course as
they said, youíre basically a pop singer, but you kind of
turn into your - into kind of a pop song in your own way.
But was it - weíre surrounded by country music here in
Houston, Texas, so itís kind of a natural thing.
But was it still daunting though to approach the Brad
Paisley song in front of him?
Chris Crump: Incredibly. Just because also being, you know,
from Texas and from the South, you know, how would I have
been perceived if I screwed up, you know, a country legendís
song in the South? You know I think some people might have,
you know, keyed my car every chance they got, or something
So I was trying my best to - yes, it was a country song. It
was way out of my wheelhouse, but what I was telling Blake
and what Brad was telling me was, itís about the story you
tell. And the story was very personal to me, that actually I
didnít even realize it. But they played that song at my
grandfatherís funeral just months prior. Actually not even a
month prior to that.
And so it meant something to me and it still kind of does,
you knew. And it was a country song but it was more of just
telling the story and in my own way, honoring him, you know.
Earl Dittman: Well yes, as we saw on the clip, we could see
that emotion. And I think it came through in the
performance, very much so.
Chris Crump: Absolutely. Yes, I was worried about it because
I was like well, because Krista has such a strong country
voice, you know. And I was worried about that. I was like
well, sheís going to be a shoe-in for this. And not just
that, sheís been a huge Brad Paisley fan for a long time,
and thought she was going to do it just excellent justice.
And I thought well - and I remember, Manny Cabo told this,
because I was worried about how to sing it. And he showed me
a clip of Sting singing the song, Fragile, which heís one of
my favorite artists. And then he showed me a clip of Stevie
Wonder singing the exact same song.
And Manny said, ďChris, do you see how theyíre singing the
same song. But because theyíre two different people, do you
see how theyíve made it their own?Ē And he goes, just do
that man. Just be yourself.
And I had lots of awesome conversations with Manny, and that
just made me feel better about it. And thatís just how I
sang it. I decided well, Iím not a country artist, but Iím
going to sing it like I can, and that made it a lot easier.
Earl Dittman: Well and I have to say since the last time we
spoke, Iíve been, you know, to a couple of karaoke nights, a
couple of open mic nights and Iíve run into a lot of people
- a lot of friends of yours here. And youíre a heck of a
nice guy according to everybody.
Some people from your church I met, they go oh, my god I go
to church with him and his wife. And (unintelligible) and
theyíre like, he is the coolest most gracious dude in the
So - because a lot of musicians are very ambitious but, you
know, gnarly in a way. But apparently you got a really
fantastic reputation here in town.
Chris Crump: Well thatís good to know. I learned a long time
ago, you know, as a young man sometimes you think you have
to kind of be a douche bag, you know, to get what you want.
You know or sometimes you have to be cocky.
And then I learned a long time ago, like one, people donít
like it when you big league them. And B, life is too short
to do that stuff. Just be honest. I just to like you know,
exaggerate my exploits, you know, to make myself sound
better but, that never worked out for me. It just made me
look like a douche bag. So, I might as well just be honest,
you know, with people.
You know itís like hey, can I take a picture? Yes, you know.
Itís one of my favorite things to say is, I donít have any
money man. So if youíre going to charge me, you know, itís
like life is too short and you know, people just can see
through, you know, the BS. And so Iíd rather just be
Earl Dittman: Well itís hard to imagine Chris as a douche
bag, but you know, at all. Well man...
Chris Crump: Well weíre all young, arenít we?
Earl Dittman: Yes, weíre all young. Well man again,
fantastic performance and keep doing it man. Weíre behind
you 1000%. Thanks so much.
Chris Crump: Thank you so much. Thank you.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder, to register a
question please press the 1, 4 on your telephone. Our next
question comes from the line Krista Chain with TV MegaSite.
Krista Chain: Hello, my question is for Siahna. Whatís it
like to be 15-years-old and...
Shauna Wynne: Siahna is not on the call. Krista, Siahna and
Ivonne are not on the call. You can email me after your
question for Siahna.
Krista Chain: Okay, thank you.
Shauna Wynne: Sorry about that.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Amy
Epperson with The Baytown Sun. Please proceed.
Amy Epperson: My question is for Chris.
Chris Crump: Hey, this is Chris.
Amy Epperson: Hey. Iíve been able to speak to some of your
mentors here in Baytown. They say you already have so much
talent. But how do you feel you have grown as a musician and
performer during this experience so far?
Chris Crump: Well with any experience, if you surround
yourself with great people you just rise to their level. And
everyone who is on this call right now, theyíre phenomenal
singers and theyíre phenomenal people.
And being in a place where with all these singers, guys like
Manny and Keith and Darius and Jordan and just - I could
just - the names go on and on. Like I said, everyone whoís
on this call, I listen to them and I hear them.
And I as a competitive person say, I want to be that good.
And I just emulate what they do and I just want to - yes, so
absolutely itís made me grow as an artist because just
watching these guys and how professional they are, it just
makes me want to be all the better.
Like it really does. It makes me sit back and want to
workshop my craft. Because if I take myself seriously as a
professional then I want to be just as good as these guys,
you know. And I watch what theyíre doing.
And the vocal coaching that we got obviously from Blake and
Brad Paisley and (Churlane), our vocal coach, all that you
just absorb it to just get better at your craft and your
Amy Epperson: Okay, thank you very much.
Chris Crump: Thank you.
Man: Stop making us tear up Chris.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Earl
Dittman with Digital Journal. Please proceed.
Earl Dittman: This is for Keith. A song like Baba OíRiley is
legendary. And as you said on the show, itís going to be
compared to Roger Daltrey.
How did you kind of synch yourself into doing that? I mean
as they, it was effortless, your vocals. But how did you
kind of synch yourself into doing that song?
Keith Semple: (Unintelligible) itís Keith. You know what, to
be honest I had a little bit of an unfair advantage over
Manny on that song because I have sung that song literally
maybe a thousand times. I have sung that song inside one of
the medleys that I do with my old band, and we literally had
done that medley about a thousand times; no joke.
So I felt - as soon as I found out thatís what we were going
to sing and thatís what Adam had picked, I was like oh, okay
thatís fine. Like I literally - I donít know if you saw when
we were standing around the piano and they said, do you guys
kind of know this song and I went like, yes.
I didnít know how to like - so yes it was a little unfair,
but was kind of fun was I had to - in a way I had to think
about the fact that I have sung this a thousand times, but
Iíve been singing it from a performerís standpoint and not a
vocalists standpoint. Because anybody thatís seen me play,
they know I jump about like a crazy person on the stage. And
I always sacrifice about 20% of my vocal ability for it
because youíre trying to entertain a crowd, you know.
So I was trying to think oh, well wait. I actually have to
think about each line here. What would I like to do on each
line? And so it was quite nice to, you know, get to dissect
something that Iíve done so many times.
And it was fun obviously working with Manny because Iím sure
as youíve probably seen so far, everyone loves Manny.
Earl Dittman: Oh, yes.
Keith Semple: So the fact that I got paired to battle with
him was, you know, just the icing on the cake really. I mean
I think it was Madi that I was listening to earlier said she
knew who she was going to be paired with from the start.
And said, I just want to, you know, thatís exactly the same
as me. As soon as I found out Manny was on Team Adam, we
were like both okay, well it will be us two together.
Because any other pairing would just be silly, you know. The
two rockers and all that. So yes, thatís about it.
Earl Dittman: And so what kind of - what did you learn from
Brad Paisley in terms of advice? I mean did you take
something away from that that really kind of resonated with
Keith Semple: Well for me it was (unintelligible). But
really if youíre still asking me...
Earl Dittman: Iím sorry, yes.
Keith Semple: I assume thatís what you meant.
Earl Dittman: Yes, Iím sorry.
Keith Semple: I mean Iím a huge fan, so like anybody that
listens to the music I listen to, I mean CCR is just a
staple part of it. So you know because to understand where
Rock music comes from today, you have to listen to where
Rock music started.
And you know that guy - I donít know if you saw that
recording of him and Adam doing like a jam session...
Earl Dittman: Yes, yes.
Keith Semple: ...where they did one of Paisleyís older
songs. And I was like, the guy is like 70-something and he
still sounds like heís 25. I was like, how does he sound
And I was sitting with my guitar player at the time
watching, and he was like, and listen to his guitar playing.
The guy has still got shock. I was like, I know. I was like,
that guy could be in our band tomorrow and nobody would even
blink an eye.
So I was very sort of like I mean, absolutely in awe of the
guy. And thereís a funny stuff I wish they would show that
happened behind the scenes between me and Mr. (Fogarty). But
Iím going to wait to see if they show that in the next
couple of weeks you know, as like an outtake or something,
because I donít want to spoil it.
But if they donít show it, then Iíll tell everybody about it
after the competition. Because yes, I donít want to ruin it
in the meantime.
Earl Dittman: Well again, it was another brilliant
performance. I think it was fantastic. You guys are just
slaying it this season.
Keith Semple: Thank you.
Earl Dittman: Thank you so much. Appreciate it.
Keith Semple: Cheers.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder, to register a
question please press the 1, 4 on your telephone keypad. We
have a question from the line Earl Dittman with Digital
Journal. Please proceed.
Earl Dittman: Okay Chris, I canít let you go. Iíve got to
ask you a couple of more questions. I may have asked this
before, but what is the best advice youíve given to
somebody, not just in Houston but you know, a kid growing up
and wanting to be a musician?
But you know 30 years go by, should they keep - I mean, what
advice would you give to somebody who just keeps trying and
trying and doesnít always make it but, at some point just
Chris Crump: This is Chris and yes, that is a great question
because Iíve asked myself that question a thousand times
with crippling self-doubt.
Earl Dittman: Yes.
Chris Crump: So I think anybody thatís, you know, gotten
over a certain age, you know, probably the age of 30, we
start asking questions. Because most of society, especially
as men, they say well why donít you have, you know, a super
steady job, you know a wife, and three kids or whatever you
know the standard is, you know, for that place? And in the
South as you know very - thatís very prominent.
So what I tell people when they ask me that question, why
should you keep going; why should you keep doing it, and I
once took a music business class and this guy said something
I never forgot. He said the difference between -- and he
started naming these celebrities that are out there;
musicians -- he said, the difference between them and all
the people that you see in the bars every night is he said,
they were the most persistent. He said they didnít let the
negativity get them down, they just were persistent. You
know they just didnít give up.
And I listened to that and I really took that to heart. And
even when people back home were making fun of me saying wow,
you know youíre kind of embarrassing yourself, still doing
it at this age. Like seriously, some people are just harsh
And so I would just say yes, but Iím happy, you know. This
is what I want to do. And what separates them from me is,
this is what I want to do and I just want it more. You know
you have to want it more. Thereís no such thing as a small
gig. You play everything you possibly can because you love
to do it and you want to get better at it.
And what separates the professionals and the ones that are -
who are not are the ones who have stuck with it even through
the crappy, horrible gigs and said you know what, Iím still
going to keep going.
And hopefully you get your shot, you know. Thatís what I
would tell anybody who was in my position.
Earl Dittman: And how much has your Christian faith play
into that? I mean is it a lot? Does that play into it as
well? Does it give you kind of the persistence as well to
have the faith that this might just happen for me?
Chris Crump: My faith is - it affects every aspect of my
life. Every single aspect of my life. So yes, definitely
with this one as well, but not in a way that most people
think. Because some people would say, oh well your faith is
what drives you to keep you going.
No, not necessarily. My faith is what drives me to keep
going and be a better man, and to be a better husband. And I
put my career in the hands of the God that I believe in.
But as a professional; as a musician I also realize that I
canít be lazy. I have to step up to the plate and I have to
work hard. And I realize whatever Godís plan for my life is
going to be, itís going to happen, you know.
But so yes, thatís a good question and itís sometimes a
difficult one to answer, depending on whoís asking it.
Earl Dittman: No, it sounded fine to me. It sounded
perfectly - you answered it perfectly. That was great.
Chris Crump: Awesome, thank you.
Earl Dittman: Well again, I canít - Iím sure Iíll be talking
to you again hopefully, pretty soon. So just keep on doing
it, man. Congratulations.
Chris Crump: Awesome. I appreciate that. Thank you so much.
Earl Dittman: Thanks.
Operator: Ms. Wynne there are no further questions at this
Shauna Wynne: Thanks everyone for joining today. Again if
youíd like a transcript or if you had a question for Ivonne
or Siahna you can email me at email@example.com.
Thanks everyone. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the
conference call for today. We thank you for your
participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.
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