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Interview with singers from "The Voice"
on NBC 3/1/16
Moderator: Shauna Wynne
March 1, 2016
2:00 pm EST
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you
for standing by. Welcome to the Conference Call with Artists
Advancing on The Voice. During the presentation all
participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards,
weíll 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
As a reminder this conference is being recorded
Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
I would now like to turn the
conference over to Shauna Wynne with The Voice PR team.
Please go ahead.
Shauna Wynne: Hi everyone. Thanks
for joining todayís conference call with The Voiceís
Joining us today from Team Adam we have John Gilman and Mike
Schiavo. From Team Blake we have Mary Sarah and Paxton
Ingram. From Team Christina we have Alisan Porter and Bryan
Bautista. From Team Pharell we have Abby Celso and Nick
Hagelin. Caity Peters from Team Pharell has not been able to
join us but if she dials in I will let you know.
youíre asking a question to the group at large, please
designate one artist to answer first. And, out of respect
for all journalists, can we please only ask one question at
a time, you will have the option to queue up again for
follow up. I will now turn the call over to Q&A.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen if youíd like to register a
question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
telephone. You will hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge
your request. If your question has been answered and youíd
like to withdraw your registration, please press the 1
followed by the 3. If youíre using a speakerphone, please
lift the handset before entering your request. Our first
question comes from the line of (Joshua Maloni) with Niagara
Frontier Publications. Please go ahead.
Joshua Maloni: Thank you. My question is for Alisan. Alisan
congratulations on last night.
Alisan Porter: Thank
Joshua Maloni: Iím wondering, you know, I
thought you did a great job with that song. And thatís a
very hard song to sing. Can you tell us a little bit about
why you picked that song? And, also whatís the past 24 hours
been like for you? What kinds of reactions? What kinds of
responses are you receiving?
Alisan Porter: I chose
Blue Bayou because I really wanted to sing a classic. I love
songs from that era. I love kind of blending folk, and rock,
and country, so I felt like I wanted to sing a classic with
all of those elements and that was really something that I
thought would work and I love that song.
past 24 hours have been kind of crazy, amazing. Iíve had
just like an amazing outpouring of support. Itís been really
incredible and also been really incredible to finally see
everybody elseís audition air. And, you know, weíve been
doing this for a while and just kind of the culmination of
everything weíve been working for is happening. And the
response has been really positive and amazing.
Joshua Maloni: All right. Looking forward to seeing more
of you this season. Thanks.
Alisan Porter: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the lines of
(Nicole Sands) with People Magazine. Please go ahead.
Nicole Sands: Hi Alisan. My question is for you.
Alisan Porter: Hi.
Nicole Sands: Hi. So what
does this all mean to you after successfully overcoming
addiction, you living your dream now?
Alisan Porter: You know, itís amazing and, you know, every day I work hard
to not, you know, go backwards and keep moving forward and,
you know, I just feel very blessed to be here and to be able
to be doing what I love.
Nicole Sands: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of
(Stephanie Piche) with Mingle Media TV. Please go ahead.
Stephanie Piche: Thank you. Congratulations everyone.
My question, youíre welcome, my question I guess can start
with Alisan since sheís the picked on person first, and then
anyone else who wants to chime in; what have you learned
about yourself in this process that surprised you?
Alisan Porter: I think more than anything I learned that I
really want to still do this. I was kind of nervous about
putting myself back into something so public and going back
into a career, especially since I have kids now and Iíve
been a stay-at-home mom for 3-1/2 years. You know, I just
really enjoy the process and it just kind of fueled the fire
again within me.
Any reservations I had just kind of
got squashed the second I stepped on the stage to do my
blind audition and I just feel super comfortable and excited
about going forward.
Stephanie Piche: Great. Thank
you. Anyone else?
Mary Sarah: Mary Sarah chiming in;
I think the one thing I definitely learned, well there are a
couple of things, but the big thing is definitely timing.
Like, I couldnít imagine this happening at any other time in
my life, and itís been such an amazing experience, and also
that just hard work if anything it pays off so much and Iíve
learned so much about my voice being able to push it past
the limits and testing it and seeing how far I can push it
and what I am capable of. Itís been such an amazing
Stephanie Piche: Great. Anyone else?
Bryan Bautista: This is Bryan Bautista.
Stephanie Piche: Hi Bryan.
Bryan Bautista: Hi. One
thing I wanted to say was, the one thing that I learned
about myself was, you know, this time around, you know,
after auditioning for season nine, it really humbled myself
when I didnít get any chairs. And, yeah coming back for
season ten, Iím kind of glad now that I didnít make it onto
season nine because, you know, it just pushed me that much
more and it kind of sparked the fire.
And it just
made me realize that, you know, hard work and dedication
will always persevere no matter what situation youíre in, so
youíve got to learn to roll with the punches and eventually
youíll succeed. So Iím kind of grateful that Iím on season
ten now. Yeah everythingís cool.
Stephanie Piche: Great. Congratulations. Thanks.
Bryan Bautista: Thank
Operator: Our next question...
Nick Hagelin: This is Nick Hagelin. This is going to give me the
opportunity to be my authentic self, which is something that
I didnít think I could be in this industry and really
embrace myself for who I am and the lifestyle I live and
have it aligned with my music career. So thatís been a huge
blessing for me with this opportunity.
next question comes from the line of (Jeff Dodge) with
BuddyTV.com. Please go ahead.
Jeff Dodge: Yeah my
question is for Mike. How are you Mike?
Mike Schiavo: Hi. Iím good. How are you?
Jeff Dodge: Good. So
what was it like to perform with Adam on the show? I mean
that must have been a dream come true?
Mike Schiavo: Yeah that was very entertaining. I mean everyone asked me
like what I was thinking the whole time and I honestly just
kind of blacked out and went on autopilot during that
moment. So Iím really lucky that I remembered all of the
words and everything. But for real a song about
(unintelligible) that was 100 percent the first album I ever
really owned and it brought me over into modern music as
opposed to all of the older stuff I was listening to at the
time. And that was my favorite song ďShe will be loved,Ē so
it was really an unreal experience getting to sing that with
Jeff Dodge: Yeah. Well great, you both sounded
great on that and great audition, so good luck going
Mike Schiavo: Thank you so much.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Chris
Jordan) with Asbury Park Press. Please go ahead.
Chris Jordan: Hey guys congratulations on all of the
success so far, and I guess this is a question for John but
Mike is involved too. Are you guys comparing notes about
Elvis Presley right now? I kind of like how Team Adam has a
cool like Elvis Presley vibe going on here.
John Gilman: Oh yeah, definitely. Iím obviously like super
inspired by Elvis. Heís one of my heroes and so singing a
song was just incredible, and experience Iíll never forget.
I know Mike is inspired by him as well so it was cool that
we had that common bond and we ended up on the same team
Mike Schiavo: Yeah, for sure, I mean before
(unintelligible) came into my realm of music Elvis was the
main thing that really got me into singing and playing
guitar. Before that I was 100 percent a baseball player. I
thought I was going to be a baseball player for the rest of
my life. And I did a random school report on Elvis and I
literally just fell in love with the music and it completely
changed by life.
Chris Jordan: I just listened to
him just before I got on the phone with you guys.
Mike Schiavo: Awesome!
Chris Jordan: Jersey man.
Operator: As a reminder ladies and gentlemen to register
for a question, please press the one followed by the four on
your telephone. Our next question comes from the line of
(Cheryl Makin) with mycentraljersey.com. Please go ahead.
Cheryl Makin: Hi guys. My question is mainly for Mike
but John feel free to chime in. Iíve noticed that Team Adam
is also Team Jersey. Do you guys compare notes about playing
around Jersey or anything like that? Have you, you know, you
both come from south central Jersey area?
Mike Schiavo: (Unintelligible). Iím not sure if they have any
plans on that for now.
Cheryl Makin: No. No. I mean
playing in the past. You both came from...
Mike Schiavo: Actually, as we got to know each other we really
like play like the same like core group of kind of like we
played in the same area like for the past five, six years
and weíve never crossed paths, which is really weird.
John Gilman: We sat down and talked about shows that we
had been at and I was talking about like one of my favorite
artists and how I went to see him at this one venue out in
Philly, and it turned out that like Mike actually played at
that show. I donít remember seeing him. But he like played
at a show that I was at, so had kind of like, in a weird way
like crossed paths but never really connected.
Cheryl Makin: All right. And I just wanted to ask for the
two of you what has the past 24 hours been like for you?
Mike Schiavo: Itís been crazy. I mean there been like so
much support, especially from New Jersey, like I have so
many people from home reaching out. Sorry my dog is barking.
A lot of them are just people who like seen me really from
the beginning of it and know that Iíve been working at it
since high school. I used to play for rooms of like five to
ten people, so itís crazy to see and hear everything theyíre
saying to me and that theyíre still really supportive of me
after all of this time now that I was on The Voice itís been
Cheryl Makin: Thatís awesome. John, do you
want to chime in?
John Gilman: Yeah, same thing for
me the people that have been around and kind of watched me
like really just give my all for such a long time with my
music and even though Iíve run into problems throughout my
musical career, I donít know, I kept on pushing and so
theyíre all like excited.
My goal is always to
inspire people and remind that anyone can do anything they
set their mind to so I see that Iíve kind of communicated
that in a way to a lot of my friends and a lot of the people
in my area. So thatís awesome for me. Iím really, really
Cheryl Makin: Thank you both very much. Good
luck to both of you; break a leg.
Operator: Our next
question comes the line of (Carly Baldwin) with Patch.
Please go ahead.
Carly Baldwin: Hi. This is a
question for Mike. Mike, so I cover the Woodbridge Patch. So
back here in colonial Woodbridge, New Jersey...
Carly Baldwin: What? I wanted to
know, you said in your little bio that we were given that in
high school you did solo gigs around town. So, I just wanted
to know what, if you could tell me like the names of those
locations? Were they bars, coffee shops? I mean literally
just like yeah wherever?
Mike Schiavo: I played a lot
in New Jersey. The first time I ever played a solo gig
because I was in bands for a long time, was actually at a
rec center down in Marlboro. And that became a place that I
played a few times. Thereís a little coffee house in Edison,
which is real close to Woodbridge.
another place that I really; I played there dozens of times.
And itís a place where I feel like I really started to grow
myself as a solo artist and learned that that was really
what I into, performing my own music by myself. Yeah for the
most part it was always small venues like coffee houses,
bars, small rec centers, rooms and very rarely more than 30
people showing up.
Carly Baldwin: Yeah. What was
the name of that coffee shop in Edison?
Mike Schiavo: It closed now. It was called the Backstage Coffee House. It
was more actually a church basement than a real coffee house
but they called it a coffee house anyway.
Carly Baldwin: Yeah. Thatís cool. And now you have like millions
of people watching you every night.
Mike Schiavo: Yeah. Itís a drastic change and Iím really grateful for it.
Carly Baldwin: Cool. Okay. Thanks.
Mike Schiavo: Thank you.
Operator: Hi. As a reminder
ladies and gentlemen to register for a question, please
press the one followed by the star on telephone. We do have
a follow-up question from the line of (Carly Baldwin).
Please go ahead.
Carly Baldwin: Oh hey, yes. Mike,
just one other question for you, how did it feel to have
Pharell and Blake Shelton and Adam Levine actually fighting
over you after your blind audition, and how did you finally
Mike Schiavo: it was really surreal. I
feel like I didnít even realize how quickly Adam and Pharell
had turned around because I was just on autopilot, so in the
zone, and I finally feel that I came to when Blake did and I
realized all three of them were there.
thinks it was a really, really easy choice to just go with
Adam. And it was definitely hard not to pick him after we
sang together but Pharell has become a huge influence in my
music over the past couple of years, so it was a really
tough decision. And Blake always does such a great job on
this show coaching his artists. So it really wasnít as easy
of a decision as it seemed because Iíve always been such a
big Maroon 5 fan.
But really in the moment when I was
on stage with singing to them, they all delivered but Adam,
everything Adam was saying was exactly what I feel that I
needed from that moment. And ultimately thatís definitely
what pushed me to choose him.
Carly Baldwin: Okay.
Mike Schiavo: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Debbie
Meehan) with Colonia Corner Newspaper. Please go ahead.
Debbie Meehan: Hi. Congratulations to everyone. My
question is for Mike since he is from our hometown. Hi Mike.
Mike Schiavo: Hi (Debbie).
Debbie Meehan: We
were so proud. We were with your family last night and it
was so exciting. So my question is if thereís one thing you
could tell the kids here from Colonia and your hometown
about following their dreams, what would you tell them.
Mike Schiavo: I would just say donít give up. Itís all
about persistence and thatís something Iíve learned through
this experience because Iíve been following this path for
years and Iíve never really gotten an opportunity like this
even though I feel like Iíve been close at times, itís
always something that falls through. And itís either you
stop trying at that point, or you just keep going.
And even though itís been really hard a lot of times when I
feel like itís almost time to stop trying to do this, I just
learned that itís time for me to be persistent and just keep
going and keep going. And finally this year itís been paying
off. I wouldnít be here if I didnít just stay persistent.
Debbie Meehan: Great. Thanks. And weíre cheering you
on from here.
Mike Schiavo: Thank you (Debbie).
Debbie Meehan: Good luck Mike. Good luck to everybody.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of
(Chris Jordan) with Asbury Park Press. Please go ahead.
Chris Jordan: Hey. This is for John. Hey John can you
tell me which places that you kind of came up through here
at the Jersey Shore? I know youíve been through Langosta
Lounge but were there any spots that you kind of settled
into here at the Shore?
John Gilman: Yeah well I
spent a couple of years playing in a band called Bird Bath.
And, we were like a rock, like a garage rock band influenced
by early rock and roll stuff, and we played all over Asbury.
We played the Saint. We played the Stone Pony. We played
some other little places. I donít remember exactly. And then
recently like playing by myself I played at the Saint. I
also played at Langouste at the Lounge, and thatís mostly
Chris Jordan: Whatís your takeaway from playing
in Asbury Park as far as kind of learning your craft and
kind of, you know, learning the things that you need to kind
of be on the national stage now?
John Gilman: Itís
awesome. Thereís a great music scene in Asbury and thereís a
lot of really talented musicians and very supportive people
that are always kind of there to lend a hand and help you
kind of get on your way. You know, I spent a lot of time
away from music in the past few years and coming back to New
Jersey and going back to Asbury I had a lot of people kind
of reach out to me and help me out and try to help me get
things going again. And itís a really great place.
Chris Jordan: Cool.
Operator: Our next question
comes from the line of (Jeff Dodge) with BuddyTV.com. Please
Jeff Dodge: Yeah. I have a question for
Paxton. How are you?
Paxton Ingram: Howís it going?
Jeff Dodge: Good. Now, youíre a former back-up dancer.
So what was it like working with some of these big stars and
now kind of heading out on your own as your own singer?
Paxton Ingram: Itís a great feeling because after
dancing, you know, itís fun being, you know, a part of the
background and being, you know, a part of the whole
production side of it and being part of the show. But to
actually be the center of attention, to be, you know, the
focus is like the ultimate feeling because for myself when I
was dancing I would always crave that feeling to be, you
know, the center of attention and be the artist, that like
dancing I wanted more. So to actually end up in the shoes of
where I wanted to be is kind of awesome. Itís rewarding.
Jeff Dodge: Yeah. Great. Well good luck
going forward. And you had a great audition.
Paxton Ingram: Oh, thank you, thank you so much.
Jeff Dodge: Yep.
Operator: As a reminder ladies and
gentlemen to register for a question, please press one/four.
There are no further questions registered at this time.
Shauna Wynne: Thanks everyone for joining.
Thanks everyone. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the
conference call for today. We thank you for your
participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.
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