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Interview with Addison Agen, Red Marlow, and Brooke Simpson of "The Voice" on NBC 12/20/17

NBC UNIVERSAL Moderator: Abby Freemire
December 20, 2017 1:00 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen and thank you for standing by. Welcome to The Voice Eliminee Point Conference Call Press and Media.

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 one followed by the four on your telephone.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Abby Freemire with The Voice PR. Please go ahead.

Abby Freemire: Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for joining our call today and I apologize for the delay.

And joining us today from Team Adam, we have Addison Agen, from Team Blake, we have Red Marlow, and from Team Miley, we have Brooke Simpson.
Out of respect for all journalists queuing up, please ask only one question at a time and youíll have a chance to follow up. I will not turn the call over to the question and answer portion. Go ahead.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, if you would like to register for a question, please press the one followed by the four on your telephone.

Our first question comes from the line of MJ Santilli with ďMJís Big Blog.Ē Please go ahead.

MJ Santilli: Hi. This question is for Addison. Congratulations on your great run on The Voice.

Addison Agen: Thank you. Thank you so much.

MJ Santilli: I was wondering about your cover song ďHumble and Kind.Ē You became very emotional while you were singing that song. Could you talk a little bit about that?

Addison Agen: Absolutely. I mean, thatís been such a touching song for so many people especially me. That song was introduced to me by my grandpa a long, long time ago and the lyrics that Iím singing on this song are literally saying, ďWhen the dreams youíre dreaming come to you. When the work you put in is realizedĒ as I was singing that, I was standing on stage surrounded by people supporting and loving and cheering me on living out my dreams. So, it was a very emotional time knowing that that was the last time I was going to be singing on that stage with the cover song and thatís pretty much where it came from. The song is just so beautiful and really itís so meaningful for me.

MJ Santilli: Thank you.

Addison Agen: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Mark Franklin with ďVoice Views.Ē Please go ahead.

Mark Franklin: Yes. Actually, my question is for all three of you. Each of you has enjoyed so much success on the show. I was wondering what you envisioned as your next musical project. And if we could start with Brooke, please.

Brooke Simpson: Hi. Thank you so much and I hope youíre having a great day. But, yes, Iím just really excited about everything thatís in store for all of us and even beyond just me, Red, and Addison and, of course, Chloe. Iím excited to see what all of the Top 12 does. Weíre still such a tight-knit group. But for me myself, honestly, I already have so many songs in the vault that Iíve written and I want to jump on recording, jump on doing shows specifically in North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. They were all my biggest supporting states. But, yes, I just want to get the ball rolling because Iím so excited that this opportunity with The Voice made me fortunate enough to do this for the rest of my life. So, Iím ready to start doing it.

Mark Franklin: And you talked about all the songs you have in the vault. What type of music can people expect from you? I know you come from a gospel Christian music background.

Brooke Simpson: Yes. Absolutely. I come from a Christian background and, of course, worship, which is always going to be a part of my life and something that Iím always doing. But actually, itís funny because I always say, you know, Iím a happy girl writing sad songs. So, a lot of my songs are going to be coming from real life experiences whether itís from love, from heartbreak, from friendship because my biggest goal in any show that I do is whether itís 10 people or 10,000 people, I want someone to be able to relate to my lyrics, to be moved by it, and most importantly, know that theyíre not alone in what theyíre feeling and that weíre in this together. So, yes, I think my music will just be from that itís from the heart and whether itís about God or relationships. Thatís what I aim to do.

Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much and congratulations again.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Mark Franklin: And then if we could move on to Red, please.

Red Marlow: Yes. You know, for me, man, itís just - first of all, thanks so much for doing these interviews. It means the world to us, I know weíve worked years and years for people to want to interview us. So, thank you so much for that. You know, for me, itís just, you know, Iíve been fortunate to get this for a lot of years. So, Iím fortunate that I already have a pretty substantial amount of fame around this. So, Iím really, really blessed (to have this), so weíre looking at getting back on Friday, just get with my producer, my management and everybody. I hopefully get back in and start some songs and, you know, with Blake last night. So, heís going to help us out and just looking forward to getting out there and do some - hitting the road and play some for all the great fans, man, that were out there supporting us all over the country. And I know I speak for us all when I say that itís so flattering that all of the people, you know, how they support us. So thatís what weíre planning on doing and hopefully, Iíll get to come out with Blake some songs near to all these fans really soon.

Mark Franklin: Okay. And you came out with an original song that you co-wrote the other night which was great. Do you have a backlog of songs ready to go?

Red Marlow: Yes. You know, Iím very blessed that Iíve been able to write for the past, you know, five or six years professionally and then published. So, Iíve been in the room with some of the very best of the best songwriters. So, you know, I always give them credit, man. Theyíre the best songwriters in town and Iím just lucky enough to get to sit in a room with them. But, yes, we do - you know, Iíve probably got, I donít know, Iíve got a pretty good (backlog), a couple hundred songs or more in my last publishing deal and then through years, thereís many more than that. So, yes, weíre pretty set. Hopefully, all songs -- donít get me wrong, Iíll still be looking for outside songs too because, you know, you just never know where that next jam is going to be. But, yes, weíre pretty good on songs and then hopefully, weíre ready to go.

Mark Franklin: Thank you very much, Red, and congratulations.

Red Marlow: Thank you so much.

Mark Franklin: And then if we move to Addison, please.

Addison Agen: Hi. Hello. My next step is kind of finding my team. I need to be finding booking agents and management and all that stuff to build my team up to support me and make this career possible to continue on for a very long, long time. Itís definitely not a single-handed job at all. So, thatís the next step. And Iíve been writing too for a while and itís just getting in that next step and making some good folk music and some meaningful lyrics. So, thatís the next step.

Mark Franklin: And your first album blew me away for how young you were when you made it. How do you think the next album compare to that sounds like?

Addison Agen: So, for me, that album was a big experience. I learned so much recording that and I would not have been prepared at all for The Voice if I havenít made that album. So, yes, I wrote all the songs before the age of 13 and as a writer, Iíve grown so much in the past three years. But this - Iím really going to have a very acoustic feel to these next songs that Iíll be making and releasing hopefully. But very acoustic and sit-down and organic sounding.

Mark Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much. I canít wait to hear it.

Addison Agen: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Elizabeth Kwiatkowski with ďReality TV World.Ē Please go ahead.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Hi, everyone. Congratulations on making it as far as you did.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Addison Agen: Thank you.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: So, I have question...

Addison Agen: HI, Iím so sorry but I just got to the airport. Iím so sorry but I have to go. Iím so sorry.
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Okay. Well, best of luck with everything in the future, Addison.

Addison Agen: Iím so sorry. Thank you so much.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Okay. So, I have a question for Brooke and Red then. Were you both surprised by the finale results? What was your prediction going in? And if you could go back to Monday night performance show and do it all over again, is there something youíd change or do differently? And we can start with Brooke.

Brooke Simpson: Honestly, I wasnít shocked at all just because I couldnít -- well, first of all, thank you so much for talking to me. Iím so happy to talk to you. But, yes, I wasnít shocked at all just because it was so hard to come up with game plan of like my predictions because Red is the best of the best in such field, in country music. Red is the best. In folk music and in singer-songwriter music, Addison is the best of the best at such a young age. But she is literally a prodigy, sheís amazing. And then Chloe, she is the strongest woman in our generation for rock music and sheís honestly changing pop culture when it comes to rock music. So, I thought - and then me for myself in pop music. So, I just - I felt like it was anyoneís game and I could have seen it go in a million different ways whether it was completely flipped around and it was, you know, Chloe getting fourth and then Red winning and then, you know, me and Addison in the middle like where we were or whatever way it could have been. Iím just so proud of how far weíve come and weíre really tight in the Top 12 but even closer at Top 4. You know, Red is like another dad to me and also like a brother and also like a best friend. And then Addison and Chloe, Iíve known since day one. So, you know, honestly, the only thing thatís sad is we wonít see each other every day anymore. But the exiting thing is weíre all about to have amazing careers after this. So, Iím just really excited to see what the future holds for all of us.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Absolutely. And how about you, Red?

Red Marlow: You know, for me, I certainly agree with Brooke. I mean, itís, you know, guys, what an honor and as far as Monday night, man, I wouldnít change a single thing. I think the outcome -- anybody could have won, man. Everybody is so amazing. So, you know, for me, weíre all winners and, golly, Iím just so happy and so flattered and so happy for Chloe and, gosh, everybody.

I mean, Iím just tickled to death for everybody. So, you know, I wouldnít do anything different, man. If I had to do it all over again, I couldnít pick a better three teammates there or three people, you know, to just spend this time with. So, Iím just very blessed and very happy for everybody.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Great. Thank you.

Red Marlow: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Steinberg with ďStarry Constellation Magazine.Ē Please go ahead.

Jamie Steinberg: Hi, guys. Thanks so much for spending a time to talk with us today and congratulations on your great accomplishments.

Red Marlow: Thank you.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Jamie Steinberg: My pleasure. I want to see if both of you wouldnít mind talking about what you took away from working with your coaches individually that they do something in particular that you really taken to heart and can we start with Brooke.

Brooke Simpson: Hi. Thank you so much for talking to me today and, yes, honestly, working with Miley was a dream and it still is a dream just because I know that itís still just the beginning for our friendship and our working relationship and Iím excited to see what the future holds. But, yes, honestly, with Miley, I learned so much. I learned how to be a collaborator. I learned how to be an even more creative person. Because, you know, my job before I even came to The Voice was I was a creative assistant at the church. So, working with her and getting a taste of the industry for the first time in my entire life, it kind of opened my eyes to a whole new level of creativity. I learned so much as a writer and I learned so much as an artist as a whole. Sheís honestly just one of the most genuine humans Iíve ever met and just getting that opportunity to get to know her and to learn from her when it comes to music and just life in general, itís such an honor.

Jamie Steinberg: Great. Red. Are you there still, Red? I guess we lost him. So, thank you guys so much for your time.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes as a follow-up from the line of MJ Santilli with ďMJís Big Blog.Ē Please go ahead.

MJ Santilli: Hi. This question is for Brooke.

Brooke Simpson: Hi.

MJ Santilli: Hi. Congratulations on (everything).

Brooke Simpson: Thank you so much.

MJ Santilli: Amazing Grace seemed to be a real turning point for you. Could you talk a little bit about choosing that song and how you felt afterwards when the song climbed to number 1 on or it was two on iTunes?

Brooke Simpson: Yes. You know, picking that song it was a risky choice just because, I mean, you know, itís not your conventional pop song especially me being a pop artist and I donít think itís what everyone might have expected from me other than those from my home that know me and grew up with me. So, I even felt like a risk from Miley but picking that song she was completely trusting me and she wanted me to follow my gut and my gut was telling me to do that song and kind of how well it did but also the fact that I was able to sing a song like that on a platform like that, it was just so special. I mean, that song is one of the first reasons I even started believing in the power of music. I grew up to that. And, yes, Iím so proud of how well it did on iTunes. It made it number 2 on the overall chart and number 1 on the Christian chart. So, I was very proud of that.

MJ Santilli: At that point, did you feel like, you know, your journey on The Voice took a turn? Like did you feel any differently after that?

Brooke Simpson: Honestly, I guess so in the sense if you want to say based off of the charts and people buying. But I felt like every single week was a brand new turning point just for me as an artist because every week, I felt like I discovered a new side of myself as an artist. I kind of unlocked a new level of creativity and I just grew so much as a person every single week. It wasnít even like taking steps on a lottery. It was literally like taking a leap. So, just this entire experience, I felt like it was a turning point for my life.

MJ Santilli: Thank you.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from the line of Mark Franklin with ďVoice Views. Please go ahead.

Mark Franklin: Yes. Yes. This is for Brooke as well. Brooke, I saw an interview where you talked about all the noís you heard before The Voice about being beaten down by the hearing no over and over and over again. What were you doing musically right before you joined The Voice?

Brooke Simpson: You know, I was working at a church. I was singing as much as possible there. But other than that, I was trying to gig around as much as possible. You know, I never had any type of in with the industry like the music industry. So, as far as like what turns to take, what doors to knock on, honestly, I was doing everything on my own and doing things by myself is all I ever knew until The Voice. So, I would try to gig at coffee shops and open mic night like casinos and any ways I perform possible just so someway, somehow my voice would be heard. So, yes, that was kind of what my life is like. It was working at a mega church and hustling any five seconds that I had free, just trying to do something, trying to record at home. Yes. So, honestly this opportunity at The Voice, it changed my life forever.

Mark Franklin: Right. And that was down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida area that you were doing that?

Brooke Simpson: Yes, sir. Yes. I started with the gigging and stuff when I was still in Tennessee, you know, going to college and university. But I have at least started doing it more so once I moved to Florida and got married.

Mark Franklin: Okay. And then did you go to an open call audition or were you invited to audition for The Voice thatís around this summer?

Brooke Simpson: Well, I auditioned for The Voice four years ago at an open call. And then I made it through that first one but then I didnít make it pass the next round. So, I didnít go to the blind audition. But four years later, honestly, it just felt like the perfect time that God just put it in my life because someone reached out through an email that I donít use anymore, itís a junk email, and then they tried to call a number I donít have anymore. Like, thank God, itís my dadís number now and itís not just a number that belongs to Johnny no one.

Mark Franklin: Wow.

Brooke Simpson: You know what I mean? Yes. So, it was like three different times that this one person tried to contact me and it was just for a callback, not even the blind audition. So, I kind of went in thinking, yes, itís going to be the same game. You know, like Iíll go and nothing is going to happen because Iíve got all what Iím used to, you know. And from that, back in February and then now to look at where my life is now, itís drastically changed forever.

Mark Franklin: Yes. Thatís quite a story. Well, look, you deserve all this success and best of luck moving forward.

Brooke Simpson: Oh my gosh, thank you so much, Mark.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Beth Beacham with the ďHollywood Junket.Ē Please go ahead.

Beth Beacham: Hi. Congratulations, Brooke.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you so much.

Beth Beacham: And thank you so much for answering all their questions. Iím just curious because I heard Blake talking about, you know, how he tries to kind of look at the iTunes in the past and how sometimes theyíre predictable as far as the winner and sometimes theyíre not.

Iím curious like I know this is different for you because this is the first time youíre competing on a show like this. But like Iím curious if you all were like kind of checking each otherís iTunes and if you guys were trying to predict at all like from that because since you guys obviously donít know what America is voting or their votes are at. So, I was just curious about that.

Brooke Simpson: Itís like we try to guess who would go further based off of iTunes?

Beth Beacham: Yes. And if you like that you guys - did you like kind of just - because it is a competition, but were you looking at it like that? Like, you know, trying to see where you guys were - like as far as trying to figure out who was going to be like in the Top 2, Top 3 just based on iTunes or did you look at that or take that as a consideration at all to try to, you know, predict?

Brooke Simpson: I mean, like every week, we would definitely look at iTunes just because, I mean, how crazy is it that you went from just trying to get your music uploaded to Apple music. So, now, itís on the overall iTunes chart with these artists that youíve admired for years. You know what I mean? And just to be in the Top 200 let alone the Top 10, thatís crazy. So, of course, we would look at it every single week. But the thing is with iTunes is it tricks you to make predictions out of that. Like we never count on like, Okay, so and so would not go on. So, we know what that means because if you think about it, yes, iTunes purchases are a big deal but it does just one vote. And then on every other platform, you have the opportunity to vote up to 10 times. And thatís why sometimes it reflect - it may have looked similar to how iTunes look and then sometimes it may have looked completely different than how iTunes look as far as like when our names are called or not, stuff like that.

So, we tried not to kind of put our eggs in that basket but we would definitely look at it just kind of for celebrating reasons because nothing made me more happy than to one, see my name there. But then itís also like congratulate my friends like, I mean, Chloe she made it to number 1 I think like three or four times. Like, I mean, like (everyoneís star) sheís crazy.

Beth Beacham: And for you, what do you think - there was not enough time for you to do on The Voice because the show seemed to move very fast. So, yes, do you have anything?

Brooke Simpson: You know, I mean, like especially now that everything is over, of course, like I could definitely look back and try to think of the million different things that I might have done differently. (I donít know). But (for me the) Iím the strongest believer in everything happens for a reason. And Iím so proud of every song that I did on the show. I mean, like even down to ďFaithfullyĒ I never ever thought that I would sing a Journey song on national television. I have nothing against Journey but just because thatís out of my element. Iím a pop artist and thatís a classic rock like iconic song. So, I never thought that that would be in my line to sing. But thatís actually my favorite moment that Iíll always remember. It was the most powerful moment I ever felt on that stage. So, yes, thereís nothing that I would change. Yes.

Red Marlow: I was just letting everybody know Iím back. I was cut off. So, I was just letting everybody know Iím back here just so everybody knows.

Beth Beacham: Hi, Red.

Red Marlow: Hi. Sorry, I donít know whatís going on. My phone keeps shutting off so.

Brooke Simpson: Thatís annoying.

Red Marlow: I know. I know, right?

Beth Beacham: Actually, could I ask one last question for both of you? Brooke, on that note with Journey, how did this competition change the way you guys both will go forward into your musical careers?

Brooke Simpson: You know, itís definitely - one thing that Miley has taught me, I mean, Iíll say just the competition itself that taught me is to always think outside of the box. And honestly, it just taught me so much about the music industry and not just the competition itself but even just rubbing shoulders with all my fellow contestants. Like for example Red. Red has been doing this for his entire life like actually working in the industry, you know. So, like even in our side conversations where I get to learn from him and his wisdom, I mean, itís stuff that changed my life forever.

Red Marlow: You know, for me I guess, you know, moving forward - thank you, Brooke, by the way. Iím very flattered that you think that of me. But for me, moving forward, you know, Iím...

Brooke Simpson: Love you.

Red Marlow: I love you, too, Brooke. Itís always -- I know Iíve said this before. I mean, Iím just - Iím setting my ways. I mean, you know, Iíd be the traditional country music. You know, I plan on just playing on that road. Itís all Iíve ever done. Itís all I know how to do. So, I want to get back home and just keep pursuing what weíve been doing in the past. Hopefully, now, since we have been on this platform with all these people, I think that will definitely help to get more viewers, more fans, more everything. So, you know, I just want to get back up there and start being on the road and play some more traditional country music and see where it leads me.

Beth Beacham: Okay. Thank you both. Best of luck.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Red Marlow: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from the line of Elizabeth Kwiatkowski with ďReality TV World.Ē Please go ahead.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Hi. A question for Brooke. Chloe and Addison were both members of Mileyís team at the start of the show but were stolen. You know, if Miley held on to them, the first, second and third place finishers could have been on her team, which obviously would have been unbelievable. I mean, what are your thoughts on that? And did Miley ever talk to you about how she felt about whether she thought those were big mistakes? You know, viewers obviously are assuming sheís kicking herself.

Brooke Simpson: Yes. No. One, Miley is so proud of them and Iím so proud of them because, I mean, come one, OG Team Miley. We are forever sisters. But thatís something that sheís super proud of and I think that she takes pride in that because, one, it just shows that she had a great instinct on whom to press her button for. And then also we actually did talk about that. I was like, man, you have three OG members in the Top 4, like how does that feel? And she said, you know, with Addison, she wouldnít have it any other way because, yes, selfishly, she wished she could have that extra person on her team to make it that far. But sheís still proud of how far she came and also she knew from the get go, even when she pressed her button, she knew that Adam was a better fit for her. She could tell that chemistry was there. And actually, when she let go (of her) in the battle, she said she did it knowing that Addison wasnít going anywhere. And then also with Chloe, she said that she felt like - because as you know especially when Chloe was on Team Miley, Chloe had a lot of comparisons to Miley, you know, because theyíre both so similar even in the way that they look. But Mileyís still happy that Chloe is getting the recognition for her creativity that she deserves because, you know, being on Team Blake and sheís a rock artist, obviously, you know that all of that is all Chloe. But I think if she was still on Team Miley, a lot of that creativity would have been given the credit to Miley and not so much Chloe herself who Chloe single handedly is the creative genius behind every moment sheís on stage that she does. So, yes, because she could have had three people on the Top 4 but I think itís just so beautiful how it turned out and I think everything happens for a reason.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Thatís great. Thank you. And a question for Red. What was it like being not only the only guy in the finale but a country singer against these powerhouse female vocalists? I mean, you obviously held your own but did you ever feel a little intimidated or a little self-conscious at times?

Red Marlow: You know, no, not really. You know, it just wasnít like that with us. I mean, we were such a tight-knit group and everybody loves each other.

Brooke Simpson: Yes.

Red Marlow: So, you know, there was definitely no self-consciousness, no anything like that. You know, in what we do, I felt like I was standing with three of the best most talented people in their lane that you could possibly be and I know they felt the same way about me in the country lane. So, we didnít really look at it as a competition if you want to know the truth. It was just, you know, everybody loves each other and try to put each other up on a pedestal every time we could. And so, now, you know, they made me feel right at home and I hopefully made them feel the same way.

Brooke Simpson: You did. I love you, Red.

Red Marlow: Thank you, sweetheart.

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski: Thatís awesome. Congratulations again to you both.

Red Marlow: Thank you.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from the line of MJ Santilli with ďMLís Big Blog.Ē Please go ahead.

MJ Santilli: Hi, Red. Welcome back. Iím just wondering, you were the only finalist that co-wrote an original song and I was wondering why you chose that particular one and why.

Red Marlow: You know, that song has always had a special place for me. I mean, Iíve been forcing to write hundreds of songs. But that particular song, one of my very best friends in the world, his dad had passed away the night before when I was going in to write that following morning. And, you know, I went in, my co-writer, he was going to write something upbeat and, you know, it was just one of those days that I was like, man, Iím sorry, I just canít write that today. So he went on and started to play the piano and I just started to spit words and that song just fell out of the sky for us.

And, you know, itís just always been really special for me and, of course, I got to go sing it for the funeral the next day and I know thatís a sad story but it was really an uplifting thing.

And my goal in doing music is to try to help people, try to touch people and, you know, anything I can do and sing that does that, thatís always going to be my goal and itís going to be my go to. So, thatís the main reason behind it. Iím just trying to touch peopleís lives (with music).

MJ Santilli: Thank you.

Red Marlow: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from the line of Mark Franklin with ďVoice Views.Ē Please go ahead.

Mark Franklin: Yes. My question is for Red as well. Red, while you were off the phone, Brooke had to answer what she picked up from the show. I know youíve been in the music business for a long time but what did you learn from the show or from Blake thatís going to help you moving forward?

Red Marlow: Well, you know, honestly, I mean, with me and Blake, man, and even heís made the statement, man, I canít teach you enough, Red. But the thing is me and him are both so much alike. Just knowing from being (left-handed), itís Okay to be like this. Itís Okay to sing country music and not dress country and do all the things that, you know, he and I do.

So, thatís the main thing for me because I always felt kind of like a little bit of, well, you know, Iím a little different. I mean, Iím no other traditional country. I donít dress flashy. Iím just a normal guy. But Blake, heís the king of normal guys. You know what Iím saying? I think thatís just (excess), honestly. Heís just the same as your buddy (from another side of the camp). For me, I think the main thing I learned from Blake is, you know, man, itís Okay, just to be a normal guy and do what you love to do, get that lane and donít ever stray from it. So, thatís what Iím planning on doing.

Mark Franklin: Great. Best of luck moving forward.

Red Marlow: Thanks.

Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question coming from the line of MJ Santilli with ďMJís Big Blog.Ē Please go ahead.

MJ Santilli: Hi. This is another question for Brooke and this is about your original song and it seems very personal to you. And I was wondering how you and Miley collaborated on that song.

Brooke Simpson: Yes. So the story behind that song is very special. Miley found these two, incredible strong female writers because from day one, Miley has been a big advocate for making ďHerstory.Ē

But she found these writers and she told them my story and she showed them every (video) there is of me on YouTube and after that, they wrote a song and custom-made it for me, which is so special. And whatís even more special, in the studio, Miley made sure that the writer and - the writers and the demo singer were all there, which was such a special moment. And the song is such a special song to me because the message behind it is so strong. I feel like a lot of times these days, thereís a lot of meaningless music thatís on the radio, you know what I mean, but to sing something that uplifts not just women but uplifts people of all ages, races, genders, all sexualities just to know that you need to be so happy with who you are in your skin, thatís just so special and Iím just so happy I get to play a role in spreading that message.

MJ Santilli: Thank you.

Brooke Simpson: Thank you.

Operator: And there are no further questions on the phone lines. Abby Freemire, Iíll turn the call back to you.

Abby Freemire: Thank you so much. Thank you, everyone, for taking the time out of your day to join our call today. We so appreciate it. Have a great rest of your day.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the conference call for today and we thank you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.

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