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By Krista

The Voice singers

Interview with contestants of "The Voice" on NBC 3/25/15

 

NBC'S THE VOICE ARTISTS ADVANCING FROM TUESDAY'S EPISODE PRESS AND MEDIA TOUR

Moderator: Shauna Wynne
March 25, 2015 1:00pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to The Voice Artists Advancing from Tuesdayís Episode Press and Media Call. 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 your telephone. And if at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator, please press *0.

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded today, Wednesday March 25, 2015. And I would now like to turn the conference over to Shauna Wynne. Please go ahead.

Shauna Wynne: Hi everyone. Thanks for joining todayís conference call with the The Voiceís advancing artists. If youíd like a transcript of this call you can email me at Swynne@mprm.com.

Joining us today from Team Blake we have Corey Kent White, Hannah Kirby, and Meghan Linsey. Joining us from Team Pharrell we have Caitlin Caporale. And Deanna Johnson from Team Adam may be joining us later. Iíll make a note of it if she does.

Out of respect for all reporters, can we not 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 youíd like to answer first.

Iíd also just like to point out that Hannah Kirby is actually Team Pharrell, sorry. I said Team Blake at first. I will now turn the Q&A over.

Operator: Thank you so much. And as a reminder everyone on the line, if youíd like to queue up for a question please press 1 4 on your telephone. And our first question comes from the line of Joshua Maloney with Niagara Frontier. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Joshua Maloney: Thank you. And my question is for the group, and I can go around and ask you each to answer individually. But for each of you now, you know, you had the opportunity to work with, you know, a whoís who of the industry. Youíve had an opportunity Iím sure to watch the episodes. Iím not sure how long itís been since you guys filmed the episodes we just saw.

But going into the live round and going into this, you know, final phase of this competition, Iím wondering what is your mindset? How are you feeling, and what is sort of your plan going forward? And I guess maybe Meghan you can start.

Meghan Linsey: Yes I think for me, you know, the mindset is, you know I feel like I finally kind of hit my stride this week with, you know, as far as coming out and singing something that I felt was truly, you know, unique to who I am and really hit my stride kind of as an artist this week. I feel like people are finally starting to see that.

So for me I think moving forward is just about continuing to better myself, and you know, while this is a competition I think really the only thing you can control is what you do on that stage. And so I think you know, moving forward just trying to beat my, you know out sing what I did the last week and outperform myself every week and just really competing with myself and just trying to be better.

Joshua Maloney: All right and Corey?

Corey Kent White: Yes I would say my mindset is just to kind of keep my head down, stay focused on why I, you know, started this competition in the first place and just continue to work hard. And yes, I mean thatís my mindset is continue to keep my head down and work hard.

Joshua Maloney: Ok. How about Hannah?

Hannah Kirby: My mindset moving forward is to stay positive and believe in myself and this dream and to continue to give performances that Iím really proud of because I feel that the best performances Iíve ever had have been on The Voice and Iím really thankful to have that opportunity and I want to work hard to make use of it going into the next part of the show.

Joshua Maloney: Ok and Caitlin?

Caitlin Caporale: My mindset is to really stay focused. I feel like the live shows is where you really have to give it all you have and again, just outdo your last performance. So I really just am going to stay positive and work very hard to continue on and hopefully to the end of the show.

Joshua Maloney: Ok thank you all and good luck to all of you.

Caitlin Caporale: Thank you.

Operator: As a reminder ladies and gentlemen, to queue up for a question thatís 1 4 on your telephone. And our next question comes from the line of Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Earl Dittman: Hey guys congratulations to everyone.

Shauna Wynne: Earl - hey Earl really quick before you ask your question. Iím so sorry. I think I butchered a little bit of the beginning. Hannahís team, sheís back on Team Blake. Sorry for the confusion there.

Earl Dittman: No problem. Weíre cool thanks. Again this is kind of a general question for everyone, too. We certainly see all of you grow throughout this process. And I guess if you had to pinpoint one bit of advice from whoever it came by -- either your coach or some of the guests -- what wouldíve been the most important thing that youíve learned that they told you that you learned about yourself and thatís really brought you this far? Caitlin it looks like I start with you.

Caitlin Caporale: Pharrell has given me so much advice. I feel like just my confidence telling me to not be in my head and to really go for it is the best advice that heís given me. He knows that I have that capability of hitting those high notes and really just going for it. So just the validation from someone like Pharrell is so important to me and I feel like itís making me into a better artist.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Was there one moment that actually kind of clicked in your mind going, ďWow, you know, everything just kind of changed for me. Now I understand what heís sayingĒ?

Caitlin Caporale: I feel like with the knockout performance with Warrior, you could see in the rehearsal with Nate Ruth. I sang it through the first time and the word (canít) he told me could be even more accurate and to not think about it.

Earl Dittman: Yes.

Caitlin Caporale: So I took that advice in the second take and I really hit it and went for it. And at that moment I thought to myself thatís exactly what heís saying, to not be in your head. Just go for it because you have it.

Earl Dittman: Exactly. And Corey?

Corey Kent White: I think for me, the best piece of advice, or the one that sticks out the most, is you know, my eye contact with the audience. Iím a pretty introverted guy by nature so, you know, being on stage is, you know, I have to almost step into a different role, you know, At that point youíre an entertainer and - yes. So connecting with the audience through, you know, not closing my eyes has been the single biggest piece of advice that Iíve gotten. And you know, I really worked on that in the knockout rounds and I think it was a big difference between the battle rounds and the knockout rounds.

Earl Dittman: Well, you know, you mentioned how being a part of a band - I know thatís kind of a certain mentality when youíre part of a band. You donít want to stand out in the thing. But how does it feel now, being front and center? Have you gotten used to it?

Corey Kent White: Yes Iím still getting used to it, you know. But at the same time, it feels - itís still natural, you know? Itís not something thatís too far outside of my comfort zone, but Iím still growing in that. So itís not necessarily a completely new role for me, you know, being the band that I had it, was still all under my name, so you know I was still the front man in that. But Iím definitely still growing and learning as a performer and Blakeís done a great job helping me with that.

Earl Dittman: Thatís great. Youíre doing great. And Hannah, one advice thing that kind of sticks out with you?

Hannah Kirby: Well Blake has told me multiple times to use my range and that thatís really important for me as a vocalist to showcase that. And before coming on the show, there were a couple of notes, letters on the piano, that I just - I never really went for because for some reason I felt like I didnít have that vocal range in me.

And so when I decided, you know, to go out for The Voice I was like you know what? I really need to reach for that because itís important and itís going to help me in the show. And so to do that and then be on the show and have Blake say, ďYes you have that range. You need to use it,Ē itís super encouraging to me and has totally boosted my confidence as an artist.

Earl Dittman: Yes thatís great. And Meghan? You know, youíve been - youíre kind of the veteran, one of the veterans of the group. So you probably heard a lot of advice over the years. And was there some of that advice from one of your coaches or the advisors that you kind of knew but you had to - when they said it you remembered it again? Was there ever an instance like that?

Meghan Linsey: You know, I think there was -- not in this past round but the week before when I was working with Pharrell and Lionel Richie. You know, they were talking about me using my eyes and singing out more. And I think for me as an artist I feel like Iím always trying to get so much into the emotion of the song and I want to feel everything Iím singing. And itís almost counter intuitive for me to sing outwards. And as a performer I think itís so important to, you know, you obviously want to bring your audience in.

And so I think I had kind of an a-ha moment because it was like Iíve heard this before but itís like when Pharrell and Lionel Richie are telling you this, itís like ok obviously somethingís going on that I need to change. And so, I - yes, I really took that advice to heart. And I think I really - thatís something I worked on and I felt like, you know, I felt much better in my live performance because of that advice, so.

Earl Dittman: Thatís amazing. Well, thanks guys. I appreciate it.

Meghan Linsey: Thank you.

Operator: And thank you. And just an update for everyone on the line -- we now have Deanna Johnson joining us from Team Adam. And as a reminder ladies and gentlemen, to queue up for a question on your telephone, thatís 1 4. And our next question comes from the line of Steve Gidlow with HNGN. Your lineís open. Please go ahead.

Steve Gidlow: Hi. My questionís actually for Corey. I was just wondering if your grandfather actually got to see the performance and what was his feedback?

Corey Kent White: Well unfortunately, my grandfather passed away three days before the premiere of the show and that was a pre-recorded episode, so we werenít able to get that changed in time. But in the next, you know, in the live rounds Iíll be updating America on that. But last night was a pretty emotional night, you know, getting to watch that with my family. And we had a watch party and got to be with my grandmother and that was a special moment but it was pretty emotional.

Steve Gidlow: My condolences. Iím very sorry to hear that.

Corey Kent White: Thank you so much.

Shauna Wynne: Can we move to the next question please?

Operator: Absolutely. Thank you. And our next question comes from the line Rita Sherrow with Tulsa World. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Rita Sherrow: Thank you. Corey, fantastic performance. It was really touching.

Corey Kent White: Thank you so much.

Rita Sherrow: I wanted to ask you, how did it feel at that moment that you finished the song, knowing what the song meant to you? And then you saw what the, you know, how the crowd and the coaches reacted. How did that performance feel?

Corey Kent White: You know, that was unlike any performance Iíve ever given because Iíve never quite had an experience like that. I never been, you know, having to worry about losing somebody thatís pretty important in my life. So it was a completely different experience than any other performance Iíve ever given. And as soon as I was done, it was kind of - it was almost a relief, you know?

I think I wanted to honor him with that performance and really make him proud. And I knew that it was never about the results of it. It was how I approached the competition and you know, I continue to move forward with integrity and just not compromising who I was as a person. And that is really what he would be proud of. So it was just kind of a relief to get to the end of that performance and know that I had done it in a way that wouldíve made him proud.

Rita Sherrow: And was it - I noticed that the watch party last night -- because obviously you knew what was coming because you had already lived it and it had already been taped -- but how was it to sit there and watch yourself go through that? I mean, I would think that would just be doubly, you know, doubly difficult. And then you know, you went over and you hugged your grandmother. And did she say anything special to you?

Corey Kent White: Yes. It was actually harder to watch it than it was to actually perform it. I think I held it together pretty well for the performance, but you know, watching it back and being there with my family and knowing that he had already passed on was just a - it was tough to watch it. But you know, I got to go over and hug my grandmother and she just said, ďHe would be so proud of you.Ē So it was a special moment and, you know, I just couldnít fight back the tears anymore.

Rita Sherrow: Thank you so much.

Operator: And as another reminder ladies and gentlemen, to queue up for a question thatís 1 4 on your telephone. And our next question comes from the line of Brandy McDonnell with the Oklahoman. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Brandy McDonnell: Hi there. I have a couple of questions for Corey. My condolences as well as my congratulations.

Corey Kent White: Thank you.

Brandy McDonnell: I wanted to ask you about your rapport with Blake Shelton because you guys - youíre a dyed in the wool country singer from what I can tell. And he is a straight up Oklahoma country guy. Obviously you picked him to be your coach. You did have a choice. So can you talk a little bit about making that choice and the rapport you guys have formed working together?

Corey Kent White: Yes making the choice initially was - I had already had my mind made up before I stepped on stage that I wanted to work with Blake. You know, wanting to have a country music career and being from Oklahoma, those were some important factors. But I will say, Pharrell made it much more difficult than I ever expected another coach could make it.

And you know, once I did choose Blake and got to spend some time with him and work with him, you know, I just have a whole new level of respect for the guy. Heís completely genuine. Heís the same guy on and off the camera. And he does really take the time to work with you and, you know, if thereís nothing that needs to be fixed heíll tell you, and if there is something heís not afraid to tell you the harsh truth and make you better because of it. And thatís what I think I appreciate most about him.

And you know, heís also got a great reputation for helping out some of his team members after the show. And yes, Iím really looking forward to see what the show brings and then also what after the show brings.

Brandy McDonnell: Ok well congratulations. Youíve done a great job so far and thanks for your time.

Corey Kent White: Thank you so much.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of (Zack Haywood) with Wildcat News. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Zack Haywood: My questionís for Hannah Kirby. How does it feel to have the entire town of Sulphur Springs behind your back when you perform?

Hannah Kirby: Well, itís not that it was unexpected but you know, to be home and to see everybody and to see the signs and to have everyone come out every night to watch parties and different stuff -- even when they donít know if Iím going to be on that night -- itís just really amazing and Iím really thankful that I grew up in a town thatís so loving and supportive. And Iím just so thankful for everyone and I love Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Zack Haywood: Thank you and good luck.

Hannah Kirby: Thanks.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Joshua Maloney with Niagara Frontier Publications. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Joshua Maloney: Thank you and my question is for Deanna. Deanna, how are you today?

Deanna Johnson: Iím good. How are you? Sorry I had it on mute.

Joshua Maloney: Iím fine. Not a problem at all. So, Iím wondering if you watched last nightís episode, if you heard the comments obviously that were made about you. Obviously they were you know, they all find that you have a lot of potential. They also think you could definitely, you know, be a threat to this competition. Iím wondering how did that make you feel and where would you say your confidence level is going into the lives?

Deanna Johnson: You know, it was prerecorded. I didnít have a whole lot of confidence coming into it. But after, you know, getting everybodyís reactions from blinds and from knockouts, itís been really great. Itís really helped my confidence with people being so supportive. So going into live, Iím feeling really, really good. Iím excited.

Joshua Maloney: And you sung some songs that maybe people would find a little unusual maybe -- not necessarily the songs that are as popular right now. I really like your song choices. Iím wondering if you thought about moving forward, if you would continue on that path or if you think you might try to do something a little bit more modern?

Deanna Johnson: You know man, I like singing songs that the lyrics really speak to me. And it doesnít really - I donít really think about if itís, you know, a newer song or an older song. Itís to me I really like the lyrics and thatís just all that Iím always going to go to. So yes, if thereís a contemporary song that Iím really liking those lyrics, then Iíll probably sing that, too.

Joshua Maloney: All right very good. Well good luck to you.

Deanna Johnson: Thank you so much.

Operator: And as another reminder ladies and gentlemen to queue up for a question, itís 1 4 on your telephone keypad. And our next question comes from the line of Krista Chain with TV MegaSite. You line is open. Please go ahead.

Krista Chain: Yes my question is for Deanna. How did it feel to - when he announced your name as the winner of the knockouts over Blaze?

Deanna Johnson: My goodness. I really was - I donít know if you could see it on TV but I was bawling, like it was really bad -- a bad, ugly cry that I was doing. But I was not expecting it. Blaze was the one person that I would not want to battle. He was such a good guy, such a good singer. And I was really not expecting that. I thought he killed it. So my heart just dropped. I was so grateful to my coach for picking me.

Krista Chain: Congratulations.

Deanna Johnson: Thank you so much.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Earl Dittman: First of all (unintelligible) I think I could phrase it right, song choices weíve learned is really an important part of this thing. You could be the best thing in the world, but if you song choice isnít right it may not get you forward.

I guess my question is do you sometimes second guess your - I guess you do but what makes you choice to do the song you do? What is that final thing that you say, ďThis is the one Iím going to doĒ? Hannah, Iím starting with you, my Texas girl. Go ahead.

Hannah Kirby: Well for my song for the knockout I had a really deep, spiritual connection to that song. You know, it talks about having a higher love, and I think that in all relationships that you have, a person should have a higher love, basically not a love thatís going to bring you down but thatís going to bring the best out in you.

The song also talks about, you know, it says, ďIím not - Iíll wait for it. Iím not too late for it,Ē and I feel like a lot of young girls and guys are searching for that love thatís going to be the true love in their life. And so I really feel everything that the song is saying and it really spoke to me and Iíve loved that song for a long time. So it wasnít difficult at all for me to choose that song.

Earl Dittman: Yes. So I guess for everyone it has to be a really emotional connection. Obviously thatís 80% of the thing. Same for everybody else, anybody else want to speak about picking songs and what they mean? Obviously Corey, we know what that song meant for you, but what else goes into picking a song?

Corey Kent White: You know, for me week in and week out itís something that I could - my song choice revolves around what I could see myself singing beyond the show. Like if I were to put out a record, are these the kind of songs that I would want on that record? So that plays a huge factor into it.

Another thing is, are people going to believe it when I sing it? I think in country music especially thatís a really important part of having success in the industry is if people believe whatever youíre singing about. So I would say those two things are probably the two biggest factors for me.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Caitlin?

Caitlin Caporale: I would say picking a song that I can really connect with lyrically because if you donít connect with it that way, your performance can fall flat. The audience doesnít believe it. You donít believe it. And like Corey said, I think itís really important to pick a song that represents you as an artist -- not picking a song that is so out of your style that it doesnít make sense. So I think you know, lyrically and picking a song that represents you is most important.

Earl Dittman: Yes. And Meghan, Iím sure you - like all of us thereís tons of songs youíd love to sing. You donít have to name which one it is. But is there one song that throughout this process that you really have to - youíre going to want to sing, youíre going to have to get out there and do?

Meghan Linsey: Yes I mean I have a few things up my sleeve, you know, that I would love to do. You know, I think ultimately -- like everybody else said -- it really is just about showcasing yourself as the type of artist that you want to be. And you know, at the end of the day, if Iím being really honest, itís like weíre on a singing show and so finding moments to shine and finding things that you can really let loose and sing on I think is important.

Earl Dittman: Yes. And what kind of artist do you want to be, do you see yourself after this is all said and done?

Meghan Linsey: I think for me the one thing that has always been consistent in my artistry is that Iíve always been really soulful and Iíve always tried to sing from a really honest place. And so, you know, Iíve done the country thing for a long time and now Iím kind of moving over into the soulful pop realm. And I donít think much has changed with me vocally as itís just the types of songs I want to sing and, you know, what Iíll do with production moving forward on a new project.

Earl Dittman: Great. Well thanks, I appreciate it again guys.

Meghan Linsey: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Krista Chain with The TV MegaSite. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Krista Chain: My question is for Hannah. How surprised were you when Blake stole you back?

Hannah Kirby: Well I was surprised, but more than that I was just so excited and so happy that he stole my back. And it feels like sort of like going home, being back on Blakeís team because thatís where I started in the competition. And so I feel really good about being back on Team Blake going into the live playoff. And I was surprised but I feel so good about it and Iím really excited to work with Blake again.

Krista Chain: Congratulations.

Hannah Kirby: Thank you.

Operator: And once again ladies and gentlemen thatís 1 4 on your telephone to register for a question. And our next question comes from the line of Steve Gidlow with HNGN. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Steve Gidlow: Hi this is for Deanna. There was a note made about sort of (unintelligible) had during this performance. At that point, were you kind of sure that you were going to make it through? I mean, you said that you werenít but did you feel a little more confident after that moment?

Deanna Johnson: You know, when youíre on stage itís so much louder and I didnít even hear him. I didnít even hear that note he had. So when I was behind him, I didnít hear any of those hiccups. I only found out about the hiccups when I was watching and when I heard some of the coachís comments. But I never even heard it, so no, that didnít - that gave me no comfort.

Steve Gidlow: Ok. Thanks so much.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Brandy McDonnell with the Oklahoman. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Brandy McDonnell: I have a follow up question for Corey. I wanted to know - I mean obviously, youíve been performing on national television in terms of having these episodes that have been pre-taped air, but is there something different about preparing to go into live television performances? What is your kind of approach to that as youíre going into the live playoffs?

Corey Kent White: Yes I mean I guess it is a little bit different obviously in that weíre not prerecorded anymore. But itís the same competition. Itís the same format. The bottom line is the competition is just so tough -- so like these people are so amazing, theyíre great artists -- that unless you perform your very best, I just think anybody could send you home.

So same mental preparation for me is just to go out there and stay in my lane and do what I do best. You know, I couldnít compete with singing some R&B or some soul like some of these other people, but I just sing country music and try not to screw it up and just do what I do best. And thatís kind of the way that Iím approaching this thing and hoping to move on by getting the country vote.

Brandy McDonnell: Sounds like youíve got a good, down to earth approach for it. So thanks very much for your time. I appreciate it. Good to talk to you.

Corey Kent White: Absolutely. Thanks.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Rita Sherrow with Tulsa World. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Rita Sherrow: Corey I have another follow up, too.

Corey Kent White: Ok.

Rita Sherrow: How do you follow up a performance like the one that we just saw, digging that deep emotionally, you know, for a song. Do you have other songs that you feel like would make you - because did it kind of surprise you when you watched it back? I mean it was like you, you know, youíve been great all along but it was like you were a different person because you dug so deep. Is that going to be hard to do again in a follow up?

Corey Kent White: Yes I think that, you know, like weíve all been talking about, I think that song choice is going to be a crucial part of delivering a powerful performance like that. And I also think thereís a time and place for that kind of stuff. I donít think you can fabricate that kind of emotion. Thatís just what I happened to be going through at the time.

And I think that the fact that I spend most of my time in Nashville writing is another big reason why I connect with the song lyrically. Iím learning how to write those kind of songs too, but the song choices is going to be the biggest thing. And I donít think every song has to be a really emotional, you know - that song almost brought me to tears, so I donít think that every song has to be like that. But I think every song needs to be just as believable and thatís what Iím striving for. And thatís what Iím looking for when I pick my songs is are people going to believe what Iím saying and am I going to be able to deliver it with the same intensity that I delivered that song with.

Rita Sherrow: Thank you so much and congratulations again.

Corey Kent White: Absolutely, thank you.

Operator: And as another reminder ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to register for a question please press 1 4 on your telephone keypad. And our next comes from the line of Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Earl Dittman: Caitlin congratulations again. You obviously made it doing this music thing. But I guess the question -- this is going to be kind of for everybody -- if you hadnít gotten this far, or if music hadnít worked out, was there a plan B? Or was there never going to be a plan B?

Caitlin Caporale: Well music has always been a part of my life. I mean, singing since I was about three years old. I really didnít have a backup plan. I always thought that some way, somehow I would make music work, whether it be singing or writing or just being in the entertainment business itself. That was always my number one goal.

Earl Dittman: Yes. And you didnít want to be a teacher or a nurse or anything like that? It was going to be music.

Caitlin Caporale: Yes I never had the dream of being a teacher. I mean, I just really wanted to be out there performing and I had the support from my family and friends to really pursue it and go for it. I believe really in positive thinking, so Iím happy that now The Voice is giving me this platform to live out dream.

Earl Dittman: Thatís fantastic. And Hannah, same thing.

Hannah Kirby: Yes my entire life, all Iíve wanted to do is be a singer. When I was a teenager I was really extreme in my emotions thinking if I canít do music then I just canít do anything. Iíll have to crawl in a hole somewhere. But I sort of realized that we as artists, weíre musicians and thereís never going to be a time in our lives wherever we are, whatever weíre doing, that thatís not who we are. Itís a part of who we are. And Iíd love to have the opportunity to make money off of that, but Iím going to do it, you know, whether Iím making big money or Iím making no money at all.

Earl Dittman: Yes well then that shows through. Itís perfect. I guess a couple more real quick and then Iíll get off the phone with you guys. Deanna, same thing. Anything else or music was always what you were going to do?

Deanna Johnson: I agree with Hannah. Lord have mercy, thatís what I was thinking. But no, my dad probably - Iíd probably end up making money if I wasnít - if I couldnít make money on singing Iíd probably - I was thinking about doing nursing. But then I saw how much work nursing was and I donít think Iím that intelligent. So I think I was just going to go into business or something. But Iíve always loved to sing and I canít - Iím always going to sing whether...

Earl Dittman: Yes.

Deanna Johnson: Iím making money off of it or not.

Earl Dittman: And Corey, I canít imagine you doing anything else. Was there anything else you wanted to do?

Corey Kent White: You know whenever...

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Corey Kent White: Whenever I was younger, I kind of wanted to be a professional athlete and then I quickly realized I didnít have the size for it. So I switched over to music and you know, I mean, Iíve been doing this for a while. I actually, you know, got put in a western swing band when I was 11, so weíre almost ten years into it. And that was - all that experience built up just made me realize how much I love doing this.

And yes, Iím in the same boat. I mean, I used to drive from Oklahoma to Atlanta and play at (Eddieís Attic) for $100 and just hope that I made enough money while I was there on CD sales to get home. And it was definitely never about the money, but obviously at the same time you have to make a living. And I was going to do whatever I needed to do to make a living but also keep music as a very important part of my life.

Earl Dittman: Yes. And Meghan Iím sure this all kind of applies to you in one way or another. I mean, this is something you had to do, I would imagine.

Meghan Linsey: Yes I mean I started playing in bands when I was 14 in Louisiana. And then you know, when I was 18 I moved to Nashville with, you know, nothing -- with no money and no job and really no help, you know. My parents helped to get me there and then you know, they left me. Itís been, you know, Iíve had to find my own way. And Iíve been in Nashville for 11 years now and Iíve been through record deals and publishing deals and been dropped and, you know, gone through a lot of stuff. And so I think if it wasnít what I really wanted to be doing, I wouldíve quit a long time ago and moved back home.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Well again, thanks guys. You have my vote coming on up and best of luck in life.

Megan Linsey: Thank you.

Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Krista Chain with TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.

Krista Chain: Hi Corey. My questionís for you. First of all, I wanted to give my condolences on your grandfather.

Corey Kent White: Well thank you so much. That means a lot.

Krista Chain: My question is, is there a song coming up in the live rounds that youíre looking to do, that youíre excited about doing?

Corey Kent White: You know, Iíve had a couple in mind. You know, Iíve released - Iím looking to do some of the songs that kind of helped shape my taste in music. So I would love to do a Garth Brooks song. I would love to do a George Strait song, but make it my own. So in terms of specific songs, you know, I guess the ones that are kind of staples for the shows that we play and, you know, ďMuch Too YoungĒ by Garth Brooks is one of my favorites and ďUnwoundĒ by George Strait. Just some of the classic hits that helped me form my taste in music.

Krista Chain: Ok thanks. And I look forward to hearing you.

Corey Kent White: Thank you so much.

Operator: And as a final reminder ladies and gentlemen, itís 1 4 on your telephone to register for a question. And our next question comes from the line of (Zach Haywood) with Wildcat News. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Zack Haywood: My questionís for Hannah. How does your song choice reflect on your personality and your mood?

Hannah Kirby: Well my song choices are usually dependent on if I have like a deep, spiritual connection to the song. Lyrics are incredibly important. I want to sing music that puts out a positive message to the world and talks about issues such as, you know, who you are as a person.

And I think thatís a really important thing that people need to know who they are and know what they want. And so songs that have a deep meaning, a deep spiritual meaning and are really relatable to anyone -- wherever they are in the world -- thatís the kind of song and the music that I want to sing and that I want to play.

Zack Haywood: All right and this is kind of a follow up question. Are you - what songs are you thinking of to perform next?

Hannah Kirby: Well, I love alternative music so Iíd love to do Florence and the Machine, something like that. But also some classic stuff -- Fleetwood Mac would be awesome. I just have a lot of favorite songs and a lot of favorite artists, so itís tough for me to figure out exactly what I want to do when itís a situation where I canít do original music.

Zack Haywood: All right thanks for your time. Iím voting for you.

Hannah Kirby: Thanks.

Operator: And we have no further questions on the line at this time. Iíll turn the call back to you, Ms. Wynne.

Shauna Wynne: Thanks everyone again for joining today. Have a good 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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