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Interview with singers from "The Voice" on
Moderator: Shauna Wynne
October 20, 2015 1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing y and
welcome to the NBC Universalís The Voice Advancing Artists
Press and Media Conference Call. 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
As a reminder, this call is being recorded Tuesday, October
20, 2015. I would now like to turn the conference over to
Shauna Wynne. Please go ahead.
Shauna Wynne: Hi everyone. Thanks for joining our conference
call today. If youíd like a transcript of this call please
email me at email@example.com. Joining us today from Team Adam
we have Blaine Mitchell and Viktor Kiraly. From Team Blake
we have Blind Joe and Chance Pena. From Team Gwen we have
Braiden Sunshine, Korin Bukowski, and Riley Biederer. And
from Team Pharrell we have Evan McKeel. Andi and Alex from
Team Adam wonít be able to join the call, so if youíd like
to ask them any questions please email me at the end of this
And for all journalists queuing up, please only ask one
question at a time. You will have the option to queue up
again. And if your question is for the group as a whole,
please designate one artist to answer the question first.
I will now turn the call over to the question and answer
Operator: Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen, to
queue up for a question please press 1 4 on your telephone
keypad. You will hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge
your request. If your question has been answered and you
would like to withdraw your registration, please press the 1
followed by the 3. If youíre using a speakerphone, please
lift your handset before entering your request.
Our first question comes from the line of (Josh Maloney)
with Niagara Frontier. Please go ahead.
Joshua Maloney: Thank you. My question is for Korin and for
Blind Joe, and Korin you can lead off.
Korin Bukowski: Hi.
Joshua Maloney: Hi. Obviously with both of you we saw talent
in the blind auditions, but you both also have backstories
that make people want to root for you. Iím wondering - Iím
thinking that after the blind audition there probably were
some people that said I hope they make the show because of X
or because of Y or Z, because they like you guys as people.
But now after watching how you guys have rocked the battle
rounds, Iím thinking the people are probably saying they
should advance because of how talented they are.
So Iím wondering if the conversation has shifted to that.
Iím wondering feedback youíve gotten since last night and
how you would describe your own growth over these first
couple of episodes that weíve seen you on.
Korin Bukowski: Korin here. Yes, Iíve had a lot of growth
since the blinds up until the battles. And I was happy they
chose that specific song- Gwen chose that song because it
showed a lot of versatility to my voice that I was hoping I
could show off more. And I always like a song that tells a
story and conveys some sort of emotion, so that was good for
And it was really also great to have a partner because I
learned a lot through my partner, Chase Kerby, of how to
bring emotion to a song and how to bring your own style to a
song. And yes, I just drew a lot from blinds to battles in
accordance to style. I just felt I could bring something
different to the song because it was a lot softer than my
blind audition song.
Joshua Maloney: And Joe, how about you? Are you hearing more
people talk about how talented you are?
Blind Joe: Yes, hey Josh. Itís Blind Joe. I donít know
necessarily that they talk more about how talented I am.
Itís just kind of more of what I got from the blind
auditions, which was that itís a raw talent that I have
going on. And I really, really appreciate hearing that.
I think as far as growth, I was definitely more confident in
the battle rounds than I was in the blind audition because I
had - we had Blake working with us. That was really awesome.
And then of course working with Blaine Mitchell was just
such an extremely talented dude. And being able to feed off
that solid energy that he has really helped me a lot.
And it was just a great experience and we went into it
thinking we both -- no matter what happens -- want to stay
and we really poured our heart and soul into that
performance. And I think it showed and Iím really happy with
Joshua Maloney: Okay. Thanks Blind Joe. Thanks Korin.
Blind Joe: You bet, man.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Mark
Franklin) with Voice Views. Please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is for Riley, Chance, and
Blaine. Each of you entered a battle against a contestant
who turned more chairs during the blind audition. I was
wondering if you felt like an underdog and what strategy you
tried to use to overcome that. And if we could start with
Riley Bierderer: Hi. Itís Riley here. I definitely did feel
like an underdog going against a four-chair turn, also going
against a four-chair turn with the song that we had because
I did go against Evan. And heís so amazing and heís been
listening to Stevie Wonder for years. So it was a little
And I think mainly what I tried to do was just find things
that I was really good at and just put them in the song like
the runs and the belting notes. And I couldnít perfect
Stevie Wonder like Evan did, but I could perfect certain
aspects of the song and I think thatís really what I just
tried to do.
Mark Franklin: And what did you think your chances were of
getting the save once the verdict was announced?
Riley Bierderer: Excuse me? Hello?
Shauna Wynne: (Mark), can you repeat that? We couldnít
really hear you.
Mark Franklin: Yes. Iím sorry. Riley, what did you think
your chances were of getting the save once the verdict was
Riley Bierderer: You know, I wasnít really sure. I think
when I finished the battle I was pretty content with how I
did and I accepted it. And I did kind of see it coming from
the beginning. I donít want to sound like Iím not confident,
but I just had a feeling.
So at the end of it, I wasnít like shocked when Evan won and
I wasnít devastated because I was so happy for him. I donít
- I really didnít think I was going to get stolen. I didnít
expect it, especially because it was such a late steal. I
was walking down the stairs. I definitely was caught off
guard by it.
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you. And then letís go to
Blaine Mitchell: Yes, hi. How are you doing?
Mark Franklin: Hi.
Blaine Mitchell: Hello?
Mark Franklin: Hi. I was wondering the same question I
asked Riley - if you felt like an underdog going into the
battle and what sort of strategy you used to try to overcome
Blaine Mitchell: Yes, you know from just working with Blake
and Blind Joe, we set out to just have a good time with that
song. I donítí know if either Joe or myself felt like
underdogs, but heís a super talented dude. We had times that
we had to troubleshoot some things just because - I was
like, hey Joe, look at the lyrics. And heís like, I canít
look at the lyrics.
And so just working through some stuff that I had never
worked with somebody like that before was difficult. But at
the same time, heís such a cool dude and just fun to be
around that we had a lot of laughs and we overcame a lot of
stuff. I know that he overcomes a lot of challenges daily. I
canít imagine doing what he does, but heís a talented dude.
And so, me, I just had to go into it saying hey, this guy -
he canít see anything, so he probably has super hearing,
superhuman hearing. So Iím just going to have to step up my
game and see what I could do. And we - from the beginning we
set out to make it a party and a big brawl like Adam Levine
said. So we brought a lot of energy to the stage and I think
we - mission accomplished. Weíre happy with it so Iím happy
Mark Franklin: Okay, thank you very much. And then if we
could go to Chance, please. Chance, you had the pleasure of
going up against Andi and Alex. How did you feel going into
that and what strategy did you use?
Chance Pena: For me, I turned one chair and they turned
four. And theyíre also two people. So at first when I first
heard we were going against each other, I thought itíd be
tough. But once I started working with them and got to know
them, it just became fun the whole time. The harmonies we
would do - it was just amazing.
And their style of music really complemented mine as pretty
much the same thing, and their voices complemented mine well
and mine theirs. And they helped me work on some things. In
the arrangement of our song, theyíre actually a big part in
the way we put that together. And for me, it wasnít - I
didnít really look at it as a battle. It was kind of like a
trio. We were singing together for the audience, for the
coaches, and for everybody watching. And it was just a lot
Mark Franklin: Great. And you had to know it would be
tough for Adam to cut those two loose. Did you feel like you
had a decent chance (unintelligible)?
Chance Pena: I thought I did. They didnít show, but Adam
took a long time to decide and I think he really cared about
both of us. And I think he was happy that Blake stole me and
that Andi and Alex and myself were still on the show. And it
just showed that they care about us and it meant a lot.
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much. Congratulations
to all three of you and best of luck moving forward.
Chance Pena: Thanks so much.
Blaine Mitchell: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Jeff
Thompson) with (unintelligible). Please go ahead.
Jeff Thompson:: Yes, Iíve got a question for Blind Joe. And
first, I want to say that State Services for the Blind and
all the clients that youíve touched base with
(unintelligible). Technology instruction is
Blind Joe: Thank you, man.
Jeff Thompson:: Youíve played a lot of venues across the
(unintelligible) range from Grand Rapids over to Fargo and
all over the place. And now youíre with a band. Well, Iím
not talking big band with horns and everything, but they
could have. But youíre playing with that type of situation
where youíve got professional musicians backing you - best
in the business. Whatís that like for you?
Blind Joe: Man, itís a thrill. I mean, and youíre absolutely
right. These guys are the best in the business. Theyíre -
not only are they wonderful musicians, but theyíre wonderful
people and just awesome to hang out with and be around. They
let me shoot ideas to them and take them into consideration
when we do the arrangements and stuff.
Itís really amazing. It makes you really feel like a
superstar coming from a dude that just gets up on stage and
plays guitar and sings songs to getting the big stage with a
full-on band like that. It feels great. Itís an amazing
feeling and to have all that music backing up my voice is
Jeff Thompson:: It sounded - last night it sounded like you
were right up there in Fargo, North Dakota.
Blind Joe: Well, I appreciate the heck out of that, (Jeff).
Thank you very much.
Jeff Thompson:: Alright. Thank you.
Blind Joe: Alright, brother.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Joan
Tupongs) with Richmond Family Magazine. Please go ahead.
Joan Tupongs: Hi. This question is for Evan.
Evan McKeel: Hi Joan. How are you?
Joan Tupongs: Iím fine. How are you Evan? Congratulations.
Evan McKeel: Iím good. Thank you for coming last night. I
didnít get to say hey to you again before you left.
Joan Tupongs: Thatís - thanks for inviting me.
Evan McKeel: Absolutely.
Joan Tupongs: I just want to say congratulations on last
night and I wanted to ask you - because Iíve noticed youíve
said before and some of the others have said on the line as
well about the fact that you all do build relationships with
each other there with other contestants.
So how difficult it is when youíre going up in the battle
rounds or now itíll be the knockouts where youíre up against
them, knowing all the time that your goal is to move
forward? Whatís that like for you to go against somebody
thatís now your friend?
Evan McKeel: Thatís what we have all talked about throughout
the process is how this part of the process is competing
against people that we really like and really have grown
close to and spent all our time with and care about. And we
all want to keep going and no one wants to keep going at the
expense of someone elseís getting to keep going.
So if you do leave or any time weíre not there, weíre
missing building those relationships. So thatís absolutely
the hardest part of this process is doing things like that.
And specifically, battling Riley - she was one of the first
people I met at our executive callbacks in March. So we have
been friends for the whole process, really.
So that was like - thatís why we worked so hard to make that
performance one that was going to highlight both of our
strengths and our differences. And we were going to have
some times to show off a little bit and sometimes to sing
together and show a lot of different versatilities because
we wanted to do everything we could to set it up so that we
both got to continue no matter what happened. And whoever
won, that one of us was going to get stolen, that we both
would get to keep going.
So I think that says a lot about the relationships that we
make on this show, that everybody wants everyone to keep
having success and we all really care about each other very
Joan Tupongs: Thatís really great. Okay. I thank you and
Iíll be back in a little while. Thanks.
Evan McKeel: Alright. Thank you (Joan).
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Kevin
Selman) with Hollywood Junket. Please go ahead.
Kevin Selman: Hi. My question is for Blaine, Riley, and
Chance. I wanted to know if you knew when the coaches stole
you if you knew it was their last steal for the battles. And
we could start with Blaine.
Blaine Mitchell: Hey, man. Yes, I honestly had no clue how
many steals were left or that Adam had one or anybody had
one left. Like Evan just got done saying, you make these
relationships with all these awesome, amazing, talented
people. And you go out and you craft the song the best that
you can craft it to cater to both of the artistsí voices so
that you can get a steal.
But sitting there listening to everyone go before me, you
hear - okay, so-and-so got stolen. Your buddyís going home.
All this stuff - I had no clue what was really happening
backstage. So as soon as I stepped out there and they said
that Joe won, I was like, okay. Itís been fun. Weíll see you
And as soon as Adam pressed his button, I literally - on
film it shows me just falling over. My heart just fell out
of my chest. I was freaking out. So no, I had absolutely no
Kevin Selman: Wow. Thank you.
Blaine Mitchell: Yes, sure.
Kevin Selman: We can go to Riley, then Chance.
Riley Bierderer: Whatís up? Riley here. Yes. I didnít know
who had been stolen, really. I didnít know anything about
Team Gwenís steals. Like Blaine said, you definitely hear
the steal go off in the background, so you do know that
people are getting stolen. And Regina was the other steal on
Team Gwen, and I didnít find out about her until I got back
to the hotel that night. So I had no idea that it was her
Kevin Selman: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Josh
Maloney), Niagara Frontier, once again. Please go ahead.
Joshua Maloney: Thank you. My question is for Evan and for
Viktor. And how about if Viktor starts off?
If there is such a thing in the battle rounds as favorites
and underdogs, the two of you were definitely what we
thought would be favorites in your battles. I mentioned you
guys are probably isolated from that kind of talk, but
knowing the chairs that you got in your blind auditions,
knowing the way that the judges reacted, how much confidence
did you have going into the battle round and how much, I
guess, anxiety did you have that you would have to maintain
that level that they saw the first time around?
Viktor Kiraly: Hi, this is Viktor. To be totally honest with
you, I have - usually what I do is I go to a level. So for
example, I passed blind auditions with four chairs, which
was absolutely amazing. But then I quickly try to forget
that fact so it doesnít bother me in the future. I try to go
back to zero and work myself up again. And this is exactly
what I did when I started battle rehearsals with Cassandra.
And also to be totally honest, when I heard - I think battle
rounds was the first time I actually heard Cassandra really
sing and I got a little bit scared, to be honest, because
sheís absolutely amazing. Sheís a super talented singer and
I was a little bit afraid because I didnít know if I could
stand up to her standards of singing.
But I did everything I could in my power to make the best
out of the situation and it seems like my hard work paid
Joshua Maloney: Okay. And Evan?
Evan McKeel: Yes, I definitely - I donítí ever treat any
performance with something like this like anything is a
given or take anything for granted. I was very blessed to
have four chairs in my blind audition, but it was also four
chairs at the very last second. So even in my blind
auditions - my blind audition didnít feel like a huge
victory thing. It felt like for the majority of that blind
audition performance I was fighting to get the first chair
that didnít even come until near the very end of the
I felt lie the underdog in my blind audition. I was just
fighting. I saw for the first two-thirds of that song I was
fighting to even get on someoneís team. For my battle round
with Riley it was a song that Iíve known for a long time and
it was something that I was definitely comfortable with. So
I definitely had confidence in what I could do. I definitely
felt comfortable and I had confidence that I was going to
perform to the best of my ability.
And more than anything, I just trust that Godís plan for
whatever is going to happen is going to be perfect and I
donít have to worry about whatís going to happen. My job is
to go out there and sing and perform the best that I could
and whatever the outcome was was whatever the outcome was.
You just accept and react to it when that comes, but I donít
try and think about what I think the outcomeís going to be.
I just focus on doing the music because thatís all you
really have control over.
Joshua Maloney: Okay. Thanks Evan. Thanks Viktor.
Evan McKeel: Thank you.
Viktor Kiraly: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Krista
Chain) with The TV Megasite. Please go ahead.
Krista Chain: Yes. My question is for Chance. What was it
like to get stolen from Blake?
Chance Pena: This is Chance. Getting stolen - well first,
whenever youíre not picked to win your battle, itís just a
down like its like man, itís over. And then I was talking to
Adam and Blake hit his button, and thatís like the best
feeling ever. You think youíre going home and all of a
sudden youíre back in it again. And you can see it on camera
I just look at Blake and Iím just like, thank you. Itís
Krista Chain: Well congratulations.
Chance Pena: Thank you very much.
Operator: Next question comes from the line of (Kevin
Selman), Hollywood Junket. Please go ahead.
Kevin Selman: Hi. I didnít get an answer (unintelligible)
if you knew that it was the last steal.
Chance Pena: Sir, can you repeat yourself if you donít mind?
Kevin Selman: Yes, of course.
Chance Pena: I think your phone is cutting out.
Shauna Wynne: Yes, (Kevin), your phone is cutting out.
Operator: Weíre unable to hear you Mr. (Selman).
Kevin Selman: Are you able to hear me now?
Shauna Wynne: Yes, we can hear you now.
Kevin Selman: Perfect. (Unintelligible) or if you knew it
was Blakeís last steal when he stole you.
Chance Pena: What did it feel like?
Kevin Selman: Yes, if you knew it was his last steal.
Chance Pena: I didnít know. I mean, honestly didnítí know if
there was any steals left and just the thought that myself
or Andi and Alex would be going home just broke my heart
because you donít want anybody to go home. And like a few
people have said before, you grow so close with these people
and they become like family. And you just want the best for
And I think for Andi and Alex to win and me to get stolen,
or vice versa, would - thatís the ideal situation for a
Kevin Selman: Awesome. Thank you.
Chance Pena: Thank you.
Operator: The next question comes from the line of (Pete
Blaine), (unintelligible) Broadcast. Please go ahead.
Pete Blaine: Yes, thank you. Hey Joe, how are you doing,
Blind Joe: (Pete), whatís happening, brother? How are you,
Pete Blaine: Hey, you did great last night dude. Well
Blind Joe: Thanks dude. Thank you very much.
Pete Blaine: Kind of a two part question. Part A -- how
long have you had the nickname Blind Joe? How old were you
when you got that tag? And second of all, your blindness is
obviously a part of your makeup. It makes you who you are
and I know you donít want any of that to change, but do you
find yourself wishing that folks would stop or maybe
downplay the blindness aspect of it and start honing in on
your pure unmitigated talent?
Blind Joe: Well, the Blind Joe thing - Iíve been called
Blind Joe pretty much all my life since school. We had a few
different Joes in class and they asked how we were going to
distinguish. And I said, well, Iím Blind Joe. And that
pretty much was it, man.
As far as the whole blindness thing, no. it doesnít bother
me. I donít - itís like you said. It is who I am and itís
part of me, and itís something that sets me apart from other
musicians. Iím - I donít think there hasnít been a lot of
people that have really dwelled on it or made it a big, huge
issue. With a question about blindness always comes a
comment about the raw talent that I have and it doesnít
Itís something that I guess in the past - I think with all
blind people we can get down and throw pity parties from
time to time. But in my case, and especially with the
business that Iím in, it definitely helps. You need
something to set you apart in this business and the
blindness part of it helps me with that and so does the fact
that I can sing a little bit.
So no, I donít - thereís never been a time where Iíve
thought I wish theyíd stop focusing on the blindness and
start focusing on my talent because itís usually - it just
comes with the territory, you know?
Pete Blaine: Great, man. And your voice is dynamite. Good
Blind Joe: Thank you, brother. I appreciate you, man.
Hopefully we can do a podcast soon.
Pete Blaine: Weíre ready when you are. Just tell
(unintelligible) to hook up with us. Alright.
Blind Joe: Cool, man. God bless, dude.
Pete Blaine: Take care.
Blind Joe: You too.
Operator: The next question is a follow-up from (Mark
Franklin), Voice Views. Please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Yes, my questionís for Korin. Korin, was
yesterday really your birthday?
Korin Bukowski: It was my birthday.
Mark Franklin: I guess thatís a pretty nice present
watching your song climb up iTunes.
Korin Bukowski: It was a pretty awesome present, not going
Mark Franklin: Okay. My question was really - you have to
be one of the least experienced contestants on the show. I
was wondering if there was anything special you did to
prepare between the time the blind auditions and the battle
rounds were filmed.
Korin Bukowski: Oh, you know. Cry and shake. NO, Iím
kidding. I just tried to prepare myself emotionally, most of
all, because the good thing for me is I am like a seasoned
musician more than performer. So Iím classically trained.
Iím theatrically trained. But when it comes to performance
Iím not so great.
So luckily for me, the song was really subdued and really
soft, and I could focus more on bringing emotion to the
song. So what I did was I worked a lot with Chase and we
practiced with each other a lot. It helped a lot. We
connected with each other and we just hung out a lot. And it
helped bring more intimacy and emotion to the song.
So I just tried to prepare myself mentally and emotionally
for the battle.
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much. It turned out
very wonderful and best of luck going forward.
Korin Bukowski: Thank you.
Operator: We have a follow-up question from the line of
Jeff Thompson:, (unintelligible). Once again, anybody else
please press one four to queue up for a question.
Jeff Thompson:: Hey everybody. I think you all did a great
job yesterday and this is for Blind Joe and anyone else who
wants to chime in. I asked an earlier question what it was
like to be with such big bands playing and all that. But
Joe, uniquely, Iíve heard your music and youíve got a unique
guitar sound, a rhythm-based song. Whatís it like to
transition- like if you have an idea for a song and all of a
sudden you have these professional musicians saying ďnoĒ or
ďwhat would you like to changeĒ (unintelligible)?
Blind Joe: Actually, in that regard Iíve been pretty
fortunate that nobody has been like, no, weíre not doing
that. I think I have a pretty decent ear for music and so
especially like with the blind audition I added in the steel
guitar and we did some stuff with the drums and all that.
And they were totally on board with it.
Old time rock and roll - we didnít really arrange too much
of it and me playing the Telecaster rather than my acoustic
- and that was - I had asked (Justin) the guitarist if I
could do that and he said yes, no problem. He let me use his
axe and it gave it that, I think, more dirty, just rocking,
rowdy sound. And it was a lot of fun.
So people really - people have never really said, oh, I
donít like this idea or I donít like that idea. And I try to
really - as far as arranging, just work the music around the
vocals so that it sounds good to me. And Iíve been fortunate
that other people think it sounds good too. So
Jeff Thompson:: Well it sounds really good.
Blind Joe: Thank you.
Jeff Thompson:: So all of - you bet. So all of you get to
get your own flavor into your - you can speak for them, but
all of you get your own flavor into what you want to do.
Your input is taken in.
Blind Joe: Yes, for the most part. I guess I canít speak for
everyone else, but yes. We - especially for the blind
audition, yes, I definitely was able to instill some ideas
and they were all for it. And then with ďOld Time Rock and
Roll,Ē like I said, with the guitar and the electric guitar.
So yes, I think if theyíre good ideas and the band is cool
with it, then for the most part you can run - shoot ideas at
them and theyíre totally down.
Jeff Thompson:: Absolutely, cool. Alright. You guys take
Blind Joe: Okay, man.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Krista
Chain) at THe TV Megasite. Please go ahead.
Krista Chain: Yes. I had a question for Riley. My
question is how is it to go from losing the battle round to
hoping that youíll be stolen, and then getting almost off
the stage and having Gwen hit her button?
Riley Bierderer: Riley here. It was pretty intense. I wasnít
really on stage when Evan was announced as the winner. I
really wasnít devastated or like mad or anything. I was
totally okay with it and I was like this has been great.
Thank you. And I just wanted to hug Evan. I was so happy for
And then I said what I had to say to Pharrell and it was
very - it caught me off guard. I think you can tell by my
reaction. I was just really like, oh God. I have to go back
up the stairs now. And it was very chaotic and at first I
really didnít even know who it was. And then I turned around
and it was Gwen, and from the beginning going into the blind
auditions you always have which coach you would pick first
and second and third. They all turned around and she was
definitely either my first or second choice in the
beginning. So it was really cool that I got to work with
Pharrell and now Iím going to get to work with the second
person who I just really wanted to work with on the show.
Krista Chain: Well, congratulations and good luck.
Riley Bierderer: Thank you.
Operator: A follow-up question is from (Mark Franklin),
Voice Views. Please go ahead.
Mark Franklin: Yes. I donít think weíve heard from Braiden
yet. Braiden, how are you today?
Braiden Sunshine: Iím pretty good, you?
Mark Franklin: Pretty good. Hey Braiden, nice performance
last night. You had the luck of going up against a
four-chair turn, and I was wondering what your strategy was
going into that and what you think - you hoped to pull it
out for you?
Braiden Sunshine: Well, that one was kind of scary to go
into originally because Lindsey is just - sheís just
absolutely amazing. Thereís no other words for it. Sheís an
amazing vocalist and being put up against her was scary.
So I guess to prepare for that I just had to work really
hard. We got together every day if not every other day, and
sang through the song. And I guess what I did was just
decided to do whatever I could out on the stage and leave -
what just happened?
Are you still there? Hello?
Mark Franklin: Yes.
Braiden Sunshine: Oh. I guess to prepare for it I just
practiced a lot and decided whatever happens on stage
happens, but Iím going to leave my best out there.
Mark Franklin: Okay.
Braiden Sunshine: But it was definitely scary.
Mark Franklin: Did you feel like the song was a very good
fit for you?
Braiden Sunshine: I - neither of us had ever heard it and it
isnít something that I would normally do, but I did like it.
I did like the song. Itís got its own thing to it. I like it
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much and best of luck
on moving forward.
Braiden Sunshine: Thank you.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, once again, to queue up for
a question please press one four on your telephone keypad.
Our next question comes from the line of (Joan Tupongs),
Richmond Family Magazine. Please go ahead.
Joan Tupongs: Yes, hi. This is for Evan.
Evan McKeel: Hi (Joan).
Joan Tupongs: Hey. What did you think when you walked in
the room and you saw Missy Elliott in there with Pharrell.
Youíve got two powerhouses from Virginia sitting in the room
Evan McKeel: That was so cool and that was really, really
awesome thing to see a couple of people that are from where
Iím from and grew up around the same music that I did, and
understand what kind of culture I came from and what kind of
environment I grew up in, and everything. So itís just an
instant connection you have with anyone thatís from the same
place you are.
And to have two artists who are not only prolific in music
and incredibly successful, but they also have that
connection with me with where Iím from -- I was so excited
to get to be a sponge in that situation and just ask
questions and let them give me honest feedback and critique.
And from two of the biggest artists in their genres and in
music over the last fifteen to twenty years.
And to have that kind of musical knowledge, that musical
diversity right there was - the musical diversity is so much
of what Iím aiming for and to have people that have done
that so much and understand how I want to do it and where I
come from was very exciting for me.
Joan Tupongs: Were they consistent in their comments to
you? Or did you find that you got different type of comments
from both of them?
Evan McKeel: I would say pretty consistent. They were
encouraging and we talked about - Missy and I talked a
little bit about growing up with gospel music in church and
stuff, and this really high energy music like that. And that
was really cool. I felt like talking about those things and
the music we grew up on helped her understand how it got to
be singing the way that I sing. And that was - that made it
more possible for them to help guide me in the right
Joan Tupongs: Great, thank you.
Evan McKeel: Thank you (Joan).
Operator: We have no further questions on the line.
Shauna Wynne: Alright everyone thanks for joining today.
Again, if youíd like a transcript of this call you can email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email me there if you
wanted to ask Andi and Alex a question.
Thanks. Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone.
Korin Bukowski: Bye you guys.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the call
for today. We thank you for your participation and ask you
to please disconnect your lines.
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