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Interview with singers from "The Voice"
on NBC 3/2/16
Moderator: Shauna Wynne
March 2, 2016
2:30 pm EST
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you
for standing by and welcome to The Voice Advancing Artists
During the presentation all
participants will be in a listen only mode and 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
If at any time during the conference
you need to reach an operator please press star 0.
And as a reminder this conference is being recorded
Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
And now Iíd like to turn
the conference over to Shauna Wynne. Please go ahead.
Shauna Wynne: Hi everyone. Thanks for joining todayís
conference call with The Voiceís Advancing Artists and thank
you for standing by.
Joining us today from Team
Adam we have Laith Al-Saadi, Caroline Burns and Katherine
Ho. From Team Christina we have Shalyah Fearing. From Team
Blake we have Angie Keilhauer and Adam Wakefield. And from
Team Pharrell we have Emily Keener and Jonathan Bach.
of respect for all journalists queuing up for a question
please only ask one question at a time. You will have the
option to queue up again. And if youíre asking a question to
the group at whole please designate one artist to ask first.
I will now turn the call over to the question and answer
Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen if
youíd like to register for a question please press 1 4 on
your telephone and you will hear a three-tone 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. And if you are using a
speakerphone please lift your handset before entering your
Our first question is from Jeff Dodge with
BuddyTV.com. Please proceed.
Jeff Dodge: Yes I have a
question for the singers who were included in the montage
last night. (Maybe) weíll start with Katherine. So can you
talk more about your audition and kind of what we didnít see
last night on the show?
Katherine Ho: Yes. So for my
audition I sang - oh by the way this is Katherine Ho and for
my audition I sang ďWildest DreamsĒ by Taylor Swift. And
yes. It was a really cool experience. Like just like having
them turn around - Adam turned first and then Blake turned
towards the end. And yes it just all kind of went by in a
haze and it was like so cool. Iíve never performed for like
such a like a huge crowd before. And yes. I thought it was
Like of course Iím kind of sad I got montaged
but like all the artists who were shown full length like
they totally deserved it and Iím just happy for everyone and
it was an incredible experience.
Jeff Dodge: Okay
great. And how about Jonathan?
Jonathan Bach: Yes
whatís up? Itís me. So yes it was absolutely mind blowing to
go up there and sing in front of four superstars. I sang a
really cool acoustic, I mean, in my own opinion a very cool
version of ďBorn This Way.Ē It was like acoustic, very like
clean and like kind of a more emotional take on the song.
But when Pharrell first turns around Iím like visibly
shocked because like being on the show and just even
auditioning in general has been like a whole, you know,
process that I never thought I would ever be a part of. You
know, music was never something that my family wanted for
me. It was never something that they supported. Both of my
parents are immigrants. They came here from Iraq.
so for me to even be there and for a superstar like that to
believe in me and think that he wants me on my team
absolutely just blew my mind. And I fell to my knees by the
end of my performance because I was just so in awe, you
know, that he saw something in me that I was doubting I even
saw in myself. And it was absolutely amazing. So definitely
one of those highlights of my life for sure. But thatís -
yes. Thatís pretty much what - how it went down.
Operator: Thank you. And our next question is from Jamie
Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine. Please
Jamie Steinberg: Hi everyone. I appreciate
you taking some time to talk with us today.
Jonathan Bach: Yes anytime. Gladly.
Woman: Oh of course.
Jamie Steinberg: Oh you guys are going to be getting a brand new
overwhelming fan base based on your performances last night
on The Voice but youíre also going to be getting some
celebrity love as well and last night and every night
actually so far thereís been a lot of celebrities tweeting
about the show. How does it make you guys feel -- and start
with Caroline -- about your - gaining this new fan base on
social media as well as having celebrity fans?
Caroline Burns: Itís really crazy. I don't know. It really
shocked me like how many new followers I got and how many
tweets I got just - and everyone has been, you know, pretty
much really supportive and nice. And yes it was crazy and
shocking when right after my audition everyone was like I
got so many notifications and it was really nice and yes.
Itís crazy, so.
Jamie Steinberg: (Anybody)...
Operator: Oh sorry. And - sorry. Our next question is from
Mark Franklin with Voice Views.
Mark Franklin: Yes
actually I wanted to go back to Katherine and Jonathan from
- since we didnít get to really hear much of your story last
night. I was hoping each of you could tell us a little bit
about your own music. What type of music you prefer to sing,
how you picked your audition songs, some of the biggest
things youíve done to date as a solo artist? And if we could
start off with Katherine please.
Katherine Ho: Yes so
I like self-identify as a pop singer. Like I have - like my
biggest musical influence are people like Taylor Swift and
Sara Bareilles and I love Tori Kelly and Pentatonix. So
definitely like kind of young pop I guess you could say.
And so I thought it was really fitting to choose
ďWildest DreamsĒ for my blind audition because itís one of
my favorite songs by Taylor Swift and it has so many like
different dimensions to it and I just thought it would be a
great song. It was like a little bit of a challenge for me.
So I think I like grew as like a singer by doing - by
choosing like a harder blind audition song and yes. Thatís
pretty much like my - like what type of music I do.
Jonathan Bach: Yes cool.
Jonathan Bach: This is Jonathan by the way and just for my
song, ďBorn This WayĒ - just like as an artist Iím really
into pop, radio. I kind of identify as pop soul recently. I
feel like a two-genre name artist thing. It makes me really
hipster so I was, you know, I was into that.
I was looking through songs and how I wanted to represent
myself my music always really came from a place of trying to
prove myself. So I was always trying to do a whole bunch of
crazy (riffy), you know, like crazy stuff to show people
that I can do it.
But when I took on ďBorn This WayĒ
what - my goal is that I just gave justice to the song and
the message that it represents, that, you know, nobody is
meant to be, you know, exiled or judged or anything like
that. The message of the song is that you are perfect
exactly the way you are.
And growing up, you know, I
was bullied a lot through high school and I always made it a
mission to kind of inspire other people that, you know, just
because other people might not like you, other people might
not be on the same page as you doesnít mean that youíre any
less of a person. It doesnít mean that you should be down.
It means that, you know, you can just pick yourself up and
you donít really need everybody elseís permission to be a
badass. So - Iím sorry. I don't know if weíre allowed to say
ďbadass.Ē But that was my story and thatís the reason that I
did the song that I did.
Operator: Thank you. Once
again if youíd like to register for a question please press
1 4 on your telephone. Our next question is from Eva Abreu
with The Daily Record, New Jersey. Please proceed.
Eva Abreu: Yes actually I wanted to double check: is Joe
Vivona on the call?
Shauna Wynne: Joe is not on the
Eva Abreu: Okay. All right. Iím sorry. Weíre a
New Jersey paper, so. Okay. And Iíll step back. Thank you.
Operator: And we have a follow up from...
Woman: ...Jersey. Does that help? Oh
Operator: Sorry. We have a follow up from
Jeff Dodge with BuddyTV.com. Please proceed.
Jeff Dodge: Yes I have a question for Angie. How are you Angie?
Angie Keilhauer: Iím doing well. How about yourself?
Jeff Dodge: Good. So, you know, you mentioned on the
show that you have been a cruise ship singer. So kind of -
can you tell us about that? Kind of what do you like best
about it and whatís your least favorite part, things like
Angie Keilhauer: Oh yes. Cruise ships is
probably an incredible environment to really hone your chops
as a musician and as a performer because the sheer volume
that you have to play, like youíre - can start out being
incredibly challenging. And I came into it really feeling
like an amateur like I didnít know what I was doing.
And then I remember on the plane ride home after six months
of playing four hours every day, six days a week I was
sitting on a plane ride next to somebody who asked what do I
do for a living. And I was like oh I just finished playing
(guitar) on a contract for Carnival Cruise Lines. And they
were like oh youíre a professional musician. And I was like
uh yes. Thatís exactly what I am.
And it was probably
one of the most (unintelligible) in my career, probably one
of the biggest breaks Iíve ever had because I was able to
build a significant fan base for touring on land without a
big capital cost and I was able to save money to get my car
and my B.A., all of the things that I needed to tour on
So I would say that playing on cruise ships is
probably the single biggest thing thatís happened in my
career besides of course, you know, making it here on the
show. But is there something specifically you wanted to ask
about life on a cruise ship?
Jeff Dodge: Just kind of
what your experience was like and stuff like that, yes.
Angie Keilhauer: It was - itís pretty amazing because
youíre stuck on a ship with about, you know, 1000 other
employees and youíre - itís not like you can go home and see
your other friends. So like the people that you work with,
your coworkers are your only source of social activity. So
like we end up becoming really close.
And being on
the show like a lot of my, you know, closest friends on
ships are reaching out and saying oh gosh Iím so happy to
see you. And these are friends that Iíve made all over the
world, from Romania to the Ukraine to, I mean, you name the
country I probably know somebody there. And itís just been
an amazing learning experience to learn so many different
cultures and being able to share some of those beautiful
places on Earth with them.
Operator: Thank you. And
we have a follow up question from Mark Franklin with Voice
Views. Please proceed.
Mark Franklin: Yes I wanted to
ask two of the contestants about their coaching choices and
that would be Katherine and Kata. Katherine, if we could
start with you. Why Adam over Blake?
Katherine Ho: Thatís a good question. I had - actually before the blind
auditions I thought I was going to - like Blake was actually
like one of my top choices. But I don't know. I think Adam
just like - he was pretty good at talking and I don't know.
I just like got caught up in the moment.
And like now
that I like look back on it I think Adam because heís like
more similar to my genre. And I feel like he could really
help like mold me better as an artist because Iím still at
the stage where like Iím not 100% sure like what my like
artist identity is. Like I know like generally what I want
to do but I was hoping Adam could just like help me really
hone in on what I wanted to do. So I guess Adam over Blake
for that reason but honestly I donítí think there was a
Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much (unintelligible). And then Kata,
how about you?
Shauna Wynne: Kata isnít on but you
can email me and Iíll make sure that...
Mark Franklin: Oh okay.
Shauna Wynne: ...questions are
Mark Franklin: Sure. Okay thanks.
Operator: If youíd like to register for a question please
press 1 4. And there are no further questions registered at
Shauna Wynne: All
right. Thanks everyone. Iíd like to - and again Iím sorry
for the mix up. Again if you would like a transcript today
you can email me at email@example.com. Thanks. Enjoy the rest
of your day.
Woman: Thank you.
Jonathan Bach: Thank you.
Woman: Thanks guys.
Woman: Thank you.
Operator: ...conference call for today. We thank you for
your participation and ask that you please disconnect your
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