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By Suzanne

Interview with advancing artists of "The Voice" on NBC 3/10/15


Moderator: Shauna Wynne
March 10, 2015
1:00 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. And welcome to The Voice Advancing Artists from the Blind Auditions 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.

And at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator, please press star 0. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded, Tuesday, March 10th, 2015. I would now like to turn the conference over to Shauna Wynne with The Voice Publicity. Please go ahead.

Shauna Wynne: Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining the conference call with The Voice Advancing Artists today. Just a reminder, this is only the artists from last night who had a blind audition. Battler rounds will be during the conference call tomorrow.

If youíd like a transcription of this call, please email me at Joining us today from Team Blake, we have Hannah Kirby; from Team Christina, Vance Smith; and from Team Pharrell Caitlin Caporale and Paul Pfau. Nathan Hermida from Team Adam wonít be able to join us today on this call.

Out of respect for reporters queuing up, please only ask one question at a time. And then youíll have the option to queue up for additional questions. And if youíre asking a question to the group, please indicate who you would like to answer first. Iíll now turn the call over for the Q&A.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, you can press the 1 followed by the 4 if youíd like to register a question or comment. That is the 1, 4. And our first question comes from Joshua Maloney of Niagara Frontier Publications. Please go ahead.

Joshua Maloney: Thank you. My question is for Caitlin. How are you today, Caitlin?

Caitlin Caporale: Hi, Iím good. How are you?

Joshua Maloney: Good. Thank you. So, Caitlin, sometimes when the coaches tell an artist that theyíre, you know, awesome and that they could win the whole show, Iím not always convinced that they actually mean that. But clearly, what they told you, what we saw last night, they definitely meant that. And they definitely think that youíre someone to be reckoned with.

So Iím wondering, first of all, you know, what does that make you feel to get that kind of feedback from them? And then secondly, you know, when you do get a feedback like that, does it make you more confident or does it put more pressure on you to sort of live up to that expectation?

Caitlin Caporale: Well, when they said that I could possibly win the show, I mean I felt like I was living in a dream. It was really so surreal. I kind of blacked out during the whole thing. But that really stood out to me when they said that. So I was so grateful. I mean, I know sometimes they say that. But I really felt like they meant it.

And it adds a little bit of pressure because, you know, I have to stay up on my game and I have to bring it every time. But Iím up to the challenge. Iím ready for it.

Joshua Maloney: All right. Thank you very much. Good luck to you.

Caitlin Caporale: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Jeff Bowers of WHAG TV. Please go ahead.

Jeff Bowers: Hi. My question is for Paul. Weíre all very excited for you in the Four State Region here at Frederick, 315, Maryland. Weíre all extremely excited to see you perform. And I just want to know if you have any messages for your fans here in the Four State.

Paul Pfau: I guess, thank you is about a simple as I could get it. Itís - this whole thing has been ridiculous. Thereís been such an immense amount of support that came even before my audition there. And I could not, you know, do this without the support that Iíve gotten from the Four State community in the past four to five years. Everyone has been so supportive, so encouraging. They buy my music. They come to my shows. They, you know, they tweet about me. They post stuff online about me. Itís just - itís very humbling and gratifying, and it means the world to me. So thank you.

Jeff Bowers: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from Rita Sherrow of Tulsa World. Please go ahead.

Rita Sherrow: Hi. This question is for Paul. How are you today?

Paul Pfau: Good. How are you?

Rita Sherrow: Iím great. Okay. So how long were you in Tulsa? And did you bring up Tulsa because you thought you might want to go with Blake and you thought that might help in your decisions or you already made up your mind?

Paul Pfau: Yes. I was sort of thinking out loud. It was definitely a tough decision. I donít if you even saw during my decision process, when I put my head and said ďI pick,Ē I was looking at Blake; I almost went with Blake.

And at the last second, I kind of just changed over and decided to go with Pharrell just to kind of go with my gut. But I was just kind of thinking out loud when I was mentioning Tulsa because I knew he was from Oklahoma. I just kind of, you know, just figuring it out all in my head.

And I live in - I was only in Tulsa until I was about 4 years old. I was born there, lived there until I was 4. And then my - we moved to Texas after that. But I just - Iíve been back and played shows there. And I still have a large community in Tulsa that still supports me, which Iím grateful for. But I guess I was mostly just thinking out loud and I just kind of wanted to rep the hometown a little bit, so.

Rita Sherrow: Thank you.

Paul Pfau: Of course. Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, if youíd like to register a question or comment, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. Once again, that is the 1, 4. And our next question comes from Steve Gidlow of HNGN. Please go ahead.

Steve Gidlow: Hi. My question is for Caitlin. I just wondered if Christina remembered you after you got to sing like note-to-note with her. And you had performed in front of her already.

Caitlin Caporale: Yes. Actually, Christina did remember me. They cut that part out of the Blind Audition. But when she turned around, she said, ďYou look familiar.Ē And I explained to her, ďYou know, a couple of years ago, when I was 19, I sang to you at the Globe. And at that point, she remembered. So it was really awesome that she recognized that.

Steve Gidlow: Cool. Thank you.

Caitlin Caporale: Youíre welcome.

Operator: Thank you. Once again, ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, you can press the 1 followed by the 4 if youíd like to register a question or comment. That is the 1, 4. And we have a followup from Rita Sherrow of Tulsa World. Please go ahead.

Rita Sherrow: Paul, I wanted to ask you one more thing.

Paul Pfau: Yes.

Rita Sherrow: Tell me what it is that you think Pharrell can do for you that maybe you didnít think Blake could do. Was it the makeup of the teams they already had or were you privy to that information? Or was it - what was it?

Paul Pfau: Well, we didnít know whoís already on the teams. I think I had have gone with Pharrell the last minute just because of his, you know, his multi-genre. That kind of appealed to me, the way he works with different genres of people. And to him, itís more about just making good music and staying true to yourself and kind of letting whatever is inside of you come out.

And I felt a little bit - they didnít show a lot of what Blake said. He said a lot of great things. But he also, you know - when he was talking, he was really focusing on keeping me in the whole crooner category which I - I mean, I was grateful that he recognized that in my voice. But as an artist, Iím really trying to just stretch out what I do already. And I felt like Pharrell was just going to be able to help me a little bit more with that.

Rita Sherrow: Thank you.

Paul Pfau: Yes, thank you.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from the line of Jon Lance of Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. Please go ahead.

Jon Lance: Yes. Hello. My question is for Hannah. I just wanted to say, hey, Hannah, Iím John from Sulphur Springs. Iím with the newspaper.

Hannah Kirby: Hey.

Jon Lance: And - hey, how is it going? I wanted to see how you felt when Blake hit that button or turned around at, you know, very few seconds left. What were your feelings? What was going through your head at that time?

Hannah Kirby: Well, throughout the entire song, like I knew that no one was turning around for me. And I was surprised - and I remember thinking while I was singing, ďWhy arenít you, like more nervous, like why, you know, no one is turning around?Ē And I just kept singing. I was just doing my thing.

And I really love The Letter. Itís one of my favorite songs. So I felt really comfortable with it. And when Blake finally hit his button and turned around, it was just sort of like - it was sort of the opposite of what you would think it would be. I just felt so calm. I - you know, there were so many emotions going through me that it was just - it all sort of combined to just be this calm. And I knew that he turned around and that I was going to move forward. And it was absolutely amazing.

Jon Lance: Fantastic. Thank you very much, Hannah.

Hannah Kirby: Of course.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Earl Dittman of Digital Journal. Please go ahead.

Earl Dittman: Hi. This is for Caitlin. Is she on the line?

Caitlin Caporale: Hi, Earl.


Earl Dittman: Oh, okay, great. Can you tell me a little bit about that moment of having Christina sing with you? I mean, it obviously came as a surprise. But can you kind of talk a little bit about your emotions at that time? We can see them on screen, but what were you thinking while it was happening?

Caitlin Caporale: Yes. I mean, after I chose Pharrell and then he gave me the hug, Christina came right up after him and sheís like, ďCome over here.Ē And Iím like, what is going on right now? And she was, ďCome sit in my chair.Ē And at that point Iím thinking Iím just going to be sitting in her chair. And that was enough for me.

And Iím looking around and sheís like, ďLetís sing together.Ē And Iím like I cannot believe this is happening to me right now. And I thought to myself, ďDonít mess up. Just make sure you sing this. Donít hit a wrong note.Ē So then I just went for it. And it was really all the emotions coming at once. I mean, Iíve never seen her in concert. So the first time for me to hear her sing is with me, in front of me. It was just a dream come true.

Earl Dittman: Oh my God. It must have been incredible.

Caitlin Caporale: Insane. Yes.

Earl Dittman: Well, thanks. And, Nathan, can you talk to me a little bit about how working with Adam has been for you so far?

Shauna Wynne: Nathan isnít on the line. Heís...


Earl Dittman: I came in late. Iím sorry.

Shauna Wynne: Yes.

Earl Dittman: Itís just I came in late.

Shauna Wynne: Oh, itís fine.

Earl Dittman: Well, Paul, with Pharrell, can you talk a little bit about working - (what) has Pharrell done with you so far?

Paul Pfau: So far, Pharrell has - itís not really been about what he wants to do. I mean, as you can see from last season and from this season, his pitch is always about what the artist wants to do. And thatís the truth. He really sticks to that. And the first time I really got to talk to him is during our team photo shoot.

He came up to me and - you know, the good thing about him as he explained to all of us - Iím sure Caitlin can remember this, too. He explained to all of us, you know - he told all of us why he chose us. And he told us why heís excited to work with us and what he sees in us. But for the most part, heís just like, ďI want to do what you want to do. I just want to help you get there.Ē

And so thereís been a lot of times that, like, if there was like a rehearsal or something where, you know, maybe the band director was saying I should do one thing or maybe (unintelligible). And I was kind of (unintelligible). But Pharrell always just told me to stay true to, you know, to who I am and what I want to do because, I mean, the show is amazing as it is and thereís a huge audience that it reaches. Itís only here for a limited time. And so I really want to get across who I am as an artist rather than focusing on just like what I have to do to like win the show.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Yes. Well, thatís perfect. Well, great. Thank you very much. Thank you both very much.

Paul Pfau: Thank you.

Caitlin Caporale: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Frankie McLister of Journalism Class of Middletown High School. One moment please. Go ahead.

Frankie McLister:

Frankie McLister: Hey, Paul. How are you?

Paul Pfau: Frankie, whatís up, man?

Frankie McLister: I actually just talked to your sister. So...


Frankie McLister: ...of advice youíd give a kid trying to pursue a music career? And what was your music experience...

Paul Pfau: Well, Iím...

Frankie McLister: at Middletown High School?

Paul Pfau: Iím sorry. I missed the first part of that.

Frankie McLister: Oh, okay. Whatís a piece of advice you would give to a kid trying to pursue a music career?

Paul Pfau: Okay. I guess, you know, I would start with like two very clichť things. And one would have to be that, like, it requires a lot of hard work. And itís something that you should never take lightly. Itís something that if you really want to do it, you should really do it 100%. And, I mean, as you saw yesterday, Iíve dealt with like vocal nodules and (us) playing gigs to nobody, you know, for no money...

Frankie McLister: Okay.

Paul Pfau: ...and just - itís part of the grind. And you just - you kind of have to just keep pursuing it. You have to keep working hard. And also the other thing like I just talked about with the other guys, staying true to yourself. You know, thereís lots of people that can, you know, that can sing amazing runs and all this sort of thing.

Iím not one of those people. I have a very limited range. But I have a very unique tone. And so thatís kind of what I focus on, like focus on your strength but always be yourself. Donít ever try to do anything that you donít think that you can do or that you donít want to do. So I would say...

Frankie McLister: Okay.

Paul Pfau: know, work as hard as you can and stay true to yourself. It sounds so clichť, but itís the best advice Iíve ever gotten.

Frankie McLister: And then (unintelligible) what was your music experience like at Middletown?

Paul Pfau: Well, I took guitar in - with Mr. Shearer in 9th grade. That was like my first experience of that. And, I mean, high school for me was about music. You know, I never really took any musical classes.

But I spent a lot of time - a lot of my high school time at home, just in my room doing nothing else but just playing guitar and trying to teach my own self how to sing. And, you know, I was lucky enough to, you know, join a band with some kids that later on became really good friends of mine. And so, you know, itís just - it was like exploration, man. I was getting turned on to all sorts of different types of music. And, I mean, thatís kind of like...

Frankie McLister: Great.

Paul Pfau: high school (unintelligible). You know, youíre getting older. Youíre about to get out and go on your own. Youíre kind of starting to learn things for yourself. And so, I mean, I just - I was just kind of leaving the doors open and just letting whatever came in affect me. So...

Frankie McLister: All right. Thanks a lot.

Paul Pfau: Yes. Thank you, Frankie.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Steve Gidlow of HNGN. Please go ahead.

Steve Gidlow: Hey. This question is for Paul. I just wondered if you got any feedback from Adam after you gave him that demo tape that you did.

Paul Pfau: Not - yes, I donít know (unintelligible) as far as like what I can say and stuff. Immediately, I would say I didnít - I havenít heard anything yet. But - for the purposes of this conversation. But, I mean, it was...

Steve Gidlow: (Got you).

Paul Pfau: ...- yes. Iím sorry. I just donít want to get into anything. But yes, I would say, you know, the night that I gave it to him, that was - I mean, it was - I can comment on that. It was just...

Steve Gidlow: Yes. Go ahead.

Paul Pfau: ...- it was crazy. I mean the CD literally, you know, I chickened out. I put it on my music shelf with all my other CDs. And I never thought about it until this came up. And then when that - during one of the interviews, I was like, ďWait. I actually think I have that.Ē

So on one of the breaks, I - when I was at home, I found it. And, you know, I brought it back. And I was really hoping that heíd turn around so I could give it to him and be on his team. But, you know, just the fact that I got to sing in front of him and he had positive things to say and I got to give him the CD, it was just - itís so good to be able to get that off my shelf and get it into the hands intended for.

Steve Gidlow: Cool. Thanks so much.

Paul Pfau: Yes, man.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Jeff Bowers of WHAG-TV. Please go ahead.

Jeff Bowers: Hi, again, Paul.

Paul Pfau: Hi.

Jeff Bowers: For everything that happened to you growing up, your grandmother instilling a love for music in you, you starting a band, you losing your vocal chords, all those issues, what is the first thought that you had when you were on a team and you knew that youíre going to be advancing?

Paul Pfau: I mean, it was like, Iím sure like what everybody says. I was surreal. It was literally unbelievable when - after seeing them turn around, it just felt like I was in a dream. I just couldnít wrap my head around it.

And, you know, dealing with all that stuff and then having to come up with different ways like to, you know, approach singing and stuff to just take better care of my voice, itís like you kind of have your doubts. You know, thereíre certain things people liked about my voice before I got my nodule. And so I had to kind of - I had a more grittier voice then.

And I had to like clean it up. And so I felt like people may not be digging it as much. But then to have, you know, Pharrell and Blake, and even Adam, like want me on their team, it was so gratifying and so encouraging. It just made me, you know, believe that Iíve been on the right path the whole time and I just need to keep sticking to it.

Jeff Bowers: Well, we think so. Thank you.

Paul Pfau: No, thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, you can press the 1 followed by the 4 if youíd like to register a question or comment. That is the 1, 4. And one moment please for our next question. And our next question comes from Earl Dittman of Digital Journal. Please go ahead.

Earl Dittman: Is Vance on?

Vance Smith: Yes, sir.


Earl Dittman: Okay, great. I came in late, so I donít know who was on the line. I felt like just an idiot. Sorry about that.

Vance Smith: No, it was cool.

Earl Dittman: I just want to ask you. Did you know - always know that you wanted to be a singer when youíre growing up? I mean was that Plan A or was that a Plan B?

Vance Smith: Honestly, I started playing drums in a church actually and my dad, he had a band, and I used to - I canít really - I canít remember the name of the band often, but he had a band, and I used to sit on the stairs in the basement and watch them rehearse.

And just seeing him, you know, in front of the mic, you know, singing I kind of wanted to, you know, mirror that as, you know, his son and kind of carry the torch. So I just kind of picked up on it, you know, and as time went by, you know, I kind of - I backed away from playing the drugs and I started to sing, you know, in the church.

And from there, it just kind of grew, you know, grew on me as artist. And ever since, you know, I was like 6 years old, you know, itís always been like my Number 1 passion.

Earl Dittman: Yes. So this is always something you wanted to do no matter what.

Vance Smith: Yes. I think for the most part, yes, this is one of the things that Iíve loved since, you know, since I could remember, you know.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Yes. And, Hannah, same question. I mean was there something you were planning to be if this didnít work out? A nurse or a doctor or a psychologist or...

Hannah Kirby: No. My parents who are educators, they wanted me to go to university, so that if at some point they couldnít support my music career...

Earl Dittman: Yes.

Hannah Kirby: ...I would be able to support my music career myself. And so everything that Iíve ever done and that my family has ever done has been planned, so that I would be able to focus on music as my Number 1.

And ever since I was a child, all I wanted to do is sing. I mean there was at one point when I was in elementary school, I said, ďI wanted to be a singing paleontologist.Ē But the university that Iím at doesnít offer a paleontology degree, so...

Earl Dittman: Yes.

Hannah Kirby: ...I went with psychology since both of my parents are counselors.

Earl Dittman: Well, thatís great. That would have been a great profession, though. Your spikes will do it.

Hannah Kirby: Might good.

Earl Dittman: Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

Hannah Kirby: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Andrew Garcia of Fansided. Please go ahead.

Andrew Garcia: Hi. This question actually goes out for all the contestants. I just wanted to ask, how does your experience on The Voice compare to any other musical endeavor that you have taken thus far? And I start with Vance, if you can answer, please.

Vance Smith: Wow. This experience on The Voice has probably been one of the most memorable moments for me and as far has been one of the most fun but nerve-racking experiences just because you go in, you know, not knowing what to expect. Of course, you watch it on TV.

But to actually, you know, be on the stage and kind of taking in that experience is kind of shocking, you know, because you donít know whatís going to happen, you know, throughout the time youíre there.

So I would definitely say itís been one of the best, you know, experiences and one of the best learning experiences for me thus far. And I love every moment of it.

Andrew Garcia: Thank you.

Vance Smith: No problem.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Rita Sherrow of Tulsa World. Please go ahead.

Rita Sherrow: Hello. I have one more question. Have you had a chance to meet members of the other teams? And by any chance, have you met Corey Kent White from Tulsa from Blakeís team?

Paul Pfau: Absolutely yes. Weíre all - the best part about this whole thing is all of us are like super good friends. Itís been amazing just for that. But yes, we know Corey.

Rita Sherrow: And who would win, you or Corey?

Paul Pfau: Oh god. You know what? I - itís so hard with this. I never - Iíve never looked easy in the competition, especially coming from a bruised background. You know, everybody has got their own voice and their style. But being the humble person that I am, I would say Corey would win. But I would give him a run for his money.

Rita Sherrow: Okay. Perfect answer. Thank you. Appreciate it.

Paul Pfau: Thank you.

Rita Sherrow: Good luck.

Paul Pfau: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from Jon Lance of Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. Please go ahead.

Jon Lance: Hey, Hannah, this is - I just want to ask a little bit about your musical style and your background, kind of where youíre coming from the competition.

Hannah Kirby: Well, my musical background, itís quite varied, I would say. Of course, living in East Texas, when I was 13, I started playing at what we in East Texas call jamborees where a lot of people would come and play with the house band and sing a couple of songs and put on a show in a theater kind of way, and that was country music. And I played country music until I was about 15. And, of course, everybody, you know, wants a fiddle player around here. So it was really easy for me to make money playing country music.

However, it wasnít where my personal style playing, where my passion was. I learned a lot from playing it. And I think it definitely contributed to my love of folk music because country really stems from folk music and sort of old world music.

And then when I was 15, I started playing jazz and doing violin in prov and that sort of thing and playing in wineries and coffeehouses and I played some folks, too, and just recently Iíve tried to, a couple of times, put a four-piece, five-piece band together to be able to play rock music which is difficult. Itís difficult for me to find a band that has the same love for the music that I love.

So my musical background is really varied. Thereís that country influence obviously, folk music, jazz. And I think that jazz, overall, helped me the most as a singer vocally because jazz, not just vocally but rhythmically, is difficult to sing.

Jon Lance: Excellent. Thank you very much, Hannah.

Hannah Kirby: Of course.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Frankie McLister of Journalism Class of Middletown High School. One moment please. Please go ahead.

Frankie McLister: Hey, itís me again. Can you please tell us more about the senior showcase experience in high school in the first time you were on stage singing?

Paul Pfau: Yes, absolutely. I just remember - I mean, I - at that point, Iíve been playing guitar for four years. So I was okay, you know, it wasnít great. But I had, you know, the fundamentals down. And so I was like - I was a big fan of John Mayer and Adam Levine and Gavin Degraw, and they all sing while they play an instrument. So I was like, ďYou know what? Iím going to try that out.Ē And I come from a big family, you know. Itís, you know...

Frankie McLister: Yes.

Paul Pfau: ...two brothers and they all sang growing up, you know, not professionally but they just - they would all sing in church and in the car and just everywhere, and I was the one that just didnít. I just move against it like a black sheep. And so when I - the day...

Frankie McLister: Not anymore.

Paul Pfau: Yes, yes. But I told my parents the night like - itís a small community, as you know. So everybody supports everything. So my parents are going to see the showcase anyway in my - I just told them before they left the house, itís like, ďHey, Iím going to be singing tonight,Ē and they were like, ďWhat?Ē And so I remember, you know, just standing in the hallway before I went on stage, and I was super nervous. And I remember I walked on stage and just to kind of make it light. I just asked everyone how they were doing and...

Frankie McLister: Right.

Paul Pfau: ...and then I sang that song and I just - I felt great about it at first, and then I got to the second verse and I just, like, choke. I looked out on the audience, and I just choked, and I was - it was like a horror story and that was like a - you know, like this is like the worst thing that could happen. So I ended up...

Frankie McLister: Yes.

Paul Pfau: I ended up like - I kind of froze for a second. And then I just started playing the guitar and I wasnít singing and I looked down in the front row and my buddy John Malask, who was our president at that year actually at the school, he was in the front row, and he is a big Fray fan. So he started mouthing the words to me. And so I kind of got back on track. So I owe him a lot. I donít know how to spell his last name, if youíre going to print that. But yes, that was kind of it.

But after that, no one really talks about how I screwed up. Everyone was just...


Paul Pfau: Everyone is encouraging. So it was...

Frankie McLister: Right.

Paul Pfau: ...- I hope thatís what you - youíre looking for. Is that...

Frankie McLister: Yes, yes. No, that was.

Paul Pfau: Awesome.

Frankie McLister: That was definitely it for me. Thanks a lot.

Paul Pfau: Youíre welcome. Thank you. Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question is from Earl Dittman of Digital Journal. Please go ahead.

Earl Dittman: So, Caitlin, would you say youíre a big social media person? Do you Twitter a lot? Do you Facebook a lot? Or are you pretty reserved about that kind of stuff?

Caitlin Caporale: Oh Iím definitely a social media person. Iíve been attached to my phone since last night. Iíll wake up at 3:00 in the morning. Iím just taking it all in.

Earl Dittman: And so you enjoy it then?

Caitlin Caporale: Oh yes, I love it. I mean itís definitely a little overwhelming now. But this is what I asked for. But Iím really grateful for it.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Well, you know, you mentioned Christina being influence to your life. Besides her, who would you say your greatest musical influence throughout your life, an artist you listen to you were like, ďYou know, this person has inspired me and I really want to be like him,Ē or, ďIíd like to have a career like themĒ?

Caitlin Caporale: Thereís two that comes in mind. Jojo, I know sheís kind of under the radar right now, but I follow her music faithfully. She is amazing. And sheís really underrated. Same with Kelly Clarkson, I mean she is just a powerhouse. She can do it all. So Jojo and Kelly Clarkson are definitely two people that I look up to.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Those are great choices. Okay, Paul, I got a hypothetical for you. Youíre stuck in an island and for some reason, you had - only had one CD in your bag you have the rest of your life. What CD you hope it was?

Paul Pfau: Who do you say that was for? Iím sorry. Was that me?

Earl Dittman: For you, Paul? For you.

Paul Pfau: I would say...

Earl Dittman: One CD for the rest of your life.

Paul Pfau: One CD for the rest of my life, I would take Lyle Lovett and his large band all day. It is one of my favorite records of all time.

Earl Dittman: Itís a fantastic choice. And why...

Paul Pfau: Yes.

Earl Dittman: particular - why is it fantastic to you, though? I mean what is it about them thatís so unique?

Paul Pfau: Especially - I mean thatís been a big record for me. I mean itís - their first record that I - the first and only record that Iíve done, there is a track on there called ďLove (Unintelligible)Ē was basically kind of an overview of the whole style of that record.

I mean, itís just such a - itís such a meaningful record to me because it combines a lot of style thatís really for Lyle Lovett, heís a country guy, but it was a very jazz-infused record and, you know. So for me being a songwriter and a blues (unintelligible) occasional jazz dabbler and country dabbler as far as guitar playing guys, I kind of - it all comes together on that record. And thereís many other records that I might listen to more than that.

But if I had to only listen to one for the rest of my life on an island, itís just thereís so many good - thereís happy moments. Thereís sad moments. Thereís, you know, thereís up-tempo. Thereís slow. Itís just a wonderful record.

Earl Dittman: Great choice. Well, guys, thank you all and congratulations. I hope that you see - here, see more of you.

Paul Pfau: Yes. Thank you.

Woman: Thank you.

Woman: Thanks.

Operator: Thank you. Our next question is from Steve Gidlow of HNGN. Please go ahead.

Steve Gidlow: This is for Hannah. I was just wondering - you mentioned that, you know, you werenít that nervous about people not turning. But how did that feel knowing that all the judges actually wanted you but they werenít in the position to select you?

Hannah Kirby: That - just knowing that they would have turned around if they could have definitely, you know, boosted my confidence and made me feel really good about how my song was delivered and how it came across and that it caused, you know, not only Adam, who is a rocker, to like the song but also Pharrell and Christina.

Steve Gidlow: Cool. And for Vance, I was wondering you seemed a little nervous throughout the performance. Did you think at any point, ďOh my gosh, the nerves have gotten to me, Iíve blown thisĒ?

Vance Smith: Can you repeat that again? My bad. Sorry.

Steve Gidlow: No, you seemed a little nervous throughout that performance. So I was just wondering if thereís any point in the performance that you kind of thought, ďOh man, I blew this. My nerves have gotten to me.Ē

Vance Smith: Definitely from the start when I was walking up the stairs, it was definitely a lot of nerves, a lot of pressure just built up from, you know, just waiting, you know, and just the song choice. I didnít know - I didnít have - I had no clue of the outcome of, you know, the overall performance.

But I think throughout, I definitely was nervous. I donít think the nerves die down just because - like I knew where I stood, you know, from the lineup. So I was just like, ďMan, if they turn, itís a blessing. If they donít, you know, I did my best, you know, I did my best for that moment.Ē

But yes, I was definitely nervous. You know, definitely. But I donít think they got the best of me. I think I didnít let them do my best of me. I did my best, you know, to kind of control it throughout...

Steve Gidlow: Right.

Vance Smith: ...the performance. And I think after I saw them, itís just kind of - all the nervousness left after Iíve seen the chairs turned. I was like, ďI did it.Ē So, you know...

Steve Gidlow: Yes.


Vance Smith: Thank you.

Steve Gidlow: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from Frankie McLister of Journalism Class of Middletown High School. Please go ahead.

Frankie McLister: All right, Paul, this is my last question for you. Who was somebody that really helped you during your time at Middletown High School?

Paul Pfau: I would probably have to say while - I mean to be honest with you, one of the - I feel very lucky to have gone to Middletown just because Iíve had so many amazing teachers. The one that would probably standout in most of these just because I spent the most time with him would be Mr. (Mattingly). He was (unintelligible). And...

Frankie McLister: He did mention that today in class. I just wanted you to know that.

Paul Pfau: Huh?

Frankie McLister: He did mention that today in class.


Paul Pfau: you spend a lot of time together?

Frankie McLister: Yes.

Paul Pfau: But, no, I just - heís a - he helped me a lot just - I mean just in high school, I mean, you know, youíre going through a lot of changes. You know, youíre - I mean - I know itís stupid, but youíre hitting puberty, you know, we go through a bunch of stuff...

Frankie McLister: Right.

Paul Pfau: ...and like, you know, youíre a teenager and youíre getting fights with your parents and you do stupid stuff and he was always there for me as a role model and as a mentor. You know, there was a lot of times that he just gave me advice that have nothing to do with school that really helped keep me on my path. And he also listens to music. But I had him for graphic design. I had him for yearbook.

Frankie McLister: Yes.

Paul Pfau: As an intern. And so he really - he will always listen to some cool grunge music like Pearl Jam and things like...


Paul Pfau: And to this day, I mean weíre still friends. He actually helped me design all the album artwork on my first record. He helped me design my logo. Heís, you know, itís tough to see it on students. He - you know, thatís how you kind of - thatís how you make diamonds, man. You got to put...

Frankie McLister: Oh yes.

Paul Pfau: ...and he - heís, you know, heís one of my favs. When I think of Middletown, I think of him, so.

Frankie McLister: Right. Sorry, just one more. Tell us about the situation with you losing your vocal cords. And did you ever think about giving up?

Paul Pfau: Yes. I mean, I did only for the fact that it seems like it was only a realistic - just being completely realistic about it, it just seems like that was the only option I had was to not sing anymore at the time. I still play guitar in a few bands but, I mean, I knew I had something wrong with my voice for a while I would say probably towards the end of 2012. And then in March of 2013, it still wasnít - it was never recovering. I literally just couldnít talk. And I would try to sing, nothing would come out...

Frankie McLister: Do you play...


Paul Pfau: So I went to a doctor and, you know, he told me I was going to need surgery. And so I stopped playing. I was definitely trying. But it was kind of a blessing in disguise because all the people that I met through, you know, in that all time, like, playing guitar for other bands I made some connections that got me to - got me even farther than I think I would have gone if I was still just doing my own thing. So it was...

Frankie McLister: Right.

Paul Pfau: definitely think about - you try to be realistic about it and it hurts, you know, because - especially when something you love to do and thatís like - thatís why identifying this myself as a person, Iím a musician, when I think of myself, Iím a songwriter and...


Paul Pfau: So itís - I was definitely exploring other avenues. I was like, ďAm I going to have to get another job, like, as an economist...


Paul Pfau: ...or could I focus on just songwriting or just playing guitar and how can I make that work?Ē So, you know, definitely a point of some confusion and - but Iím glad it went away.

Frankie McLister: Had you played at certain venues like Holler Creek during that time?

Paul Pfau: Maybe. I mean Iíve definitely played at Holler Creek, a good...

Frankie McLister: Right.

Paul Pfau: ...- I mean I was really good friends of the manager, (Matt), there and he treated me very well and I mean, obviously, the community has been so supportive, so everyone will come out and hear me play.

And towards the - I would say towards, I would say, in the middle of probably - yes, little 2013, probably like May, June, those are probably the last couple of gigs that I played there before I had to just call it quits for like the next six months.

Frankie McLister: Okay. Well, thank you so much.

Paul Pfau: Of course, man. Thank you very much for taking...

Frankie McLister: All right. You have a good one.

Paul Pfau: You, too.

Operator: Thank you. Ms. Wynne, there are no further questions. At this time, Iíll turn the call back over to you for any closing remarks.

Shauna Wynne: Thank you, everyone, for joining the call today. And one more time, if you would like a transcript of todayís call, you can e-mail me at Thank you and 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 all lines. Thank you and have a good day.


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