February 21, 2012 05:42 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night on The Voice on NBC, the blind auditions were back, and once again, we were treated to some amazing up-and-coming talent. Today, team Adam Levine and team Blake Shelton chatted about the excitement of being on the show. What did Nicolle Gaylon, Jordan Rager, Karla Davis, Naia Kete, Charlotte Sometimes, Mathai, and ALyX want to share? Read on to find out!
Last night on The Voice, we watched as Nicolle Gaylon, Jordan Rager, Naia Kete, Charlotte Sometimes, Karla Davis, Mathai, and ALyX endured the blind auditions, impressing Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Today, these hopefuls sat down to chat about their experience so far. Check our their interview below!
Question: Nicolle, what is it that you find appealing about playing the piano with Country music?
Nicolle Gaylon: It’s funny, I tell people that I never really chose Country. In Kansas, I ended up writing what I knew and that was country. I feel that as long as I am being honest, I will be doing Country music. I would like to integrate the piano into Country. I grew up playing Country at the Methodist church. I knew people were not used to a girl sitting at a piano singing about Kansas, so that makes me different – that is what I bring to the table.
Question: Mathai, can you tell us about the friendships you have made on the show already?
Mathai: It’s been incredible, and one thing I would like to say about The Voice is that everyone is so loving. We have friendships without being hateful or jealous – those things that happen in other competitions.
Question: Jordan, who is the biggest influence in your family, and why did you chose Blake Shelton?
Jordan Rager: My family influence is my grandfather, he is the one who prays before all the meals, and the guy that everyone goes to. Also my mom and my dad, they are always supportive. As for choosing Blake Shelton, he seems like a really humble and genuine guy. He seemed for real, that’s why I wanted to work with him over the other coaches.
Question: Charlotte, since you achieved so much prior to the show, what was your reason for coming to The Voice?
Charlotte Sometimes: I have been in industry since I was 14. I released a record in 2008, and it did okay, but I kind of just got down with the music industry. I started to write more. Then I saw this opportunity, and it reminded me of why I wanted to be an artist and not just a writer. This was the perfect opportunity to showcase what I do best.
Question: Mathai, how did you handle the Twitter trending last night?
Katrina Parker: I don’t even know, honestly, I couldn’t handle it for the first 15 minutes. I turned my phone off, my television off, and just hung out with my family. It was awesome though, and such a blessing.
Question: Naia, how has been going from your street crowd to this huge audience of fans?
Naia Kete: Absolutely amazing. My street crowd, you know, has a special place in my heart. If it weren’t for them, I don’t know that I would be here. To have my audience of fans be so huge overnight…gosh…there are no words. It’s just absolutely incredible.
Question: Karla, can you explain why you chose not to go with a major record label in the past?
Karla Davis: Well, I was on a Country singing competition in 2009, and through that were a lot of opportunities. The judges of the series were all from major labels, and I basically went to a meeting with
every label from Nashville. At the time, I just started music, and I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know enough to commit to anything. I knew I was not ready to step into anything that big. I think when thrown into the industry, you have to learn a lot really fast. Now, I have learned a little more about guitar, and I know who I am as an artist now. I also know what I want to be. Since that time, I have grown as an artist and a person…I know who I am now.
Who was your favorite blind audition last night? Are any of them the future winner of The Voice?
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