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By Krista

Interview with singers from "The Voice" on NBC 10/20/15

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 star 0.

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 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 call.

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 portion.

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 me.

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 it.

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, please.

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 intimidating.

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 announced?

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, please.

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 that.

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 with it.

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 of fun.

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 (unintelligible).

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 phenomenal.

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 much.

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 later.

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 clue.

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 last steal.

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 off.

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 performance.

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 amazing.

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 everybody.

And I think for Andi and Alex to win and me to get stolen, or vice versa, would - thatís the ideal situation for a battle.

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, buddy?

Blind Joe: (Pete), whatís happening, brother? How are you, man?

Pete Blaine: Hey, you did great last night dude. Well done.

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 bother me.

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 job.

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 to lie.

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 (unintelligible).

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 care.

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 Evan.

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 a lot.

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 with you.

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 direction.

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 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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