You may think that the voice is just a TV show that people just walk up on stage and sing. I am here to tell you that it is NOT. The voice is much more.
It all started in early spring/early summer of 2017. (which also happened to be my junior year) I got an email from the voice saying that they would like me to skip the cattle call auditions and come straight to Philadelphia for Call back auditions. So my dad and I drove 8 hours to Philly the last week of my junior year. When we got to the Philly audition we sat in a room for hours in a recording studio that many famous hip hop/ RnB artists made huge hits. I was very struck being there. In the waiting room were a lot of other contestants which that I didn't realize at that I would be spending a month with.
So I made it past call backs and they flew us out to LA for 4 days for executive auditions. The hotel was fairly average and my dad and I mainly kept to ourselves except for the last day when I met Maude Latour, Britton Buchanan, and Eliza Black who were all minors along with myself. There were 3 groups of executives and we were apart of the first group which meant we weren't going to meet the other contestants unless we made it blinds. Luckily all 4 of us made it to blinds.
So in the first month of my senior year my dad and I flew back out to LA but this time we stayed for a month. The first day that we were there, Maude and I got super attached to each other and it stayed like that until the day we left. The first week was fairly boring and then we finally moved into the fun activities. There were a lot of meetings, singing work shops, voice lessons, wardrobe, staging and more. Myself and the rest of the minors had to go to a conference room on weekdays to attend school and there I met some awesome people (Brynn Cartelli, Alexa Cappelli, Sophia Dion, Mercedes Ferreria-Dias, Callie Young, Jaclyn Lovey, Teana Bostons, and Britton and Eliza were there too, ) we all became good friends and definitely created a clique full on minors.
We weren't allowed to leave the hotel so we would all go to jam rooms, swim, work out, watch movies together, or go across the street to eat along with occasional target run when we were allowed. But as the days in the hotel dragged on we stopped going to jam rooms, the pool became boring, the sun became to hot, and the work out room got really smelly. Everyday became very routine and I was close to going insane by the time we got home.
So blinds rolled around and continued for a week. Every night we were all called to a meeting in a big conference room and names would be called of the people who were going to be performing the next day. This process was the worst part because the anticipation was killing me and I'm sure everyone else. (they even took away our phones until we finished the audition.) But Luckily I was called the second day along with Maude and don't have much to complain about. But because the teams filled up so quick more then half of the contestants that were there didn't even get to do a blind audition. (They pretty much stayed at that hotel for a month for no reason)
The process of doing the Blind literally took all day, I mean we were there from 9 am until 11. (We were also able to be re united with my mom and sister who we haven't seen for a month,) It took so long because we had to do all the B roll shots for the show and interviews and we had to wait for the people before us to finish what they were doing. It was a really cheesy process and my family was really bad at it.
The actual audition itself wasn't as bad or nerve wrecking as I thought. In fact I almost felt as if I was in virtual reality because everything looked so fake. I got on stage and sang my song not even worry about the coaches because I was so invested in the piece. So I got no chair turns and when I finished my song the judges all turned toward me. To sum it all up they told me that they thought I was an older woman and if they would've known I was 17 they would've turned. They also told me I sounded like Janis Joplin and Kelly said I should start a band......hmm never thought of that lol. So I gave them all hugs and walked back to my family to see my sister crying telling me she was mad at my for not getting a chair turn and my mom and dad giving me a hug saying I did great. I was then sent to a psychologist in the back of the studio in some very strange office which was super weird and she asked if I was ok and I was like yeah girl Im good..... We were then put in a van and sent to another hotel with the rest of our belongings and the day after we flew home.
I will never regret my time at The Voice but I must say it was not for me. I am a musician that values music for what it is and I don't believe that it should ever be a competition. It sucked being away from home for a month because I missed out on so much. I don't have a senior photo in the year book, I don't have real classes except for choir because I had to take all online, I missed playing field hockey like I did for the past 3 years, and most of all I missed my band mates and boyfriend. I will never forget the friends I made and the things I experienced and if you are looking to do the voice I fully encourage it.
If you want to see some video footage, checkout my youtube page : https://youtu.be/BlzihwENBjg
Jill Jack is such an amazing person and has helped guide me through a lot of my music career whether she knows it or not. I met her at 20 front street in Lake Orion when I opened for her the first time. She treats everybody like they are her closest friends and that was really comforting to my nerves before I went on. This show was her 12th annual birthday bash and i really couldn't believe that she asked me to open for her because this event is so significant. It was also really cool to meet her daughter, Emma. They are so similar its crazy. Along with meeting Emma, I also met her band members and they are all so awesome and nice. It was such an honor to open for her on her birthday bash and I couldn't have asked for a better night. Her new album is amazing, everyone should check it out.
Gigs can either be the best time of your life or the worst. The best gigs are why most musicians are musicians and make all the hard work worth it. Though most gigs are 3 to 4 hours long in some dingy bar where no one is there for music. Being so young, most people don't treat me with too much respect but I have also had some great hosts.
Recording music can be very fun but is also one of the hardest parts of being a musician. Every musician wants to make sure the music they put out is the music that they want their fans to hear and it may not seem like it would be but, it's very hard to record the kind of music you want to portray. I say this mainly because if your a great live band, it's nearly impossible to record the sound that you have on stage in the studio. I’ve found that the best way to record is to do it in a place where you're comfortable. I'm my case, my comfort zones are my basement and Red Herring’s bassist, Max’s studio.
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Thunder Bay was hands down the best show I have ever played. This was a festival that Red Herring played at and as you can see in these photos, it was one of the happiest times of my life. These Michigan music festivals have formed me into the person I am today and that was definitely was something to remember forever. We had some amazing Jams with our good Friends Nina and the Buffalo Riders (who are insanely nice and such amazing humans and musicians.)
The festival started out with a horrendous storm that... in some evil way.... was so fun! I bundled up in my raincoat and went out in the craziness to help keep the vendors' tents up. But the storm passed and the weekend went on with some amazing musicians.
The best part of the festival (besides the amazing crowd that let me sing my heart out to them) was for sure the drum kiva. It really transports me to outer-space or some shit... So cool I can wait to be back.
This was such a great event that was put on. I love every show that I can bring my cutest little bro Conner to (he always kills it on percussion). It was such an honor to open for the Ragbirds, they are one of the first truly Michigan bands that introduced me to the crazy Michigan Music scene.
My love for Holler fest will never die!! I love this tiny farm for everything it is. My parents and Chris actually grew up 10 minutes from the farm so it was so crazy to discover this little gem in the middle of nowhere Michigan. Frog Holler was the first music I ever attended at the age of 13 and I haven't missed one since. The people are so beautiful, the food is to die for, and the music is so magical. I can't wait to continue going back every single year even if I am not playing.
It was there and it was done. This was a good gig, not amazing, but we got some good pics so I guess that's all that matters. After we were done here I had to quickly rush to frog holler fest to play with the Syd Burnham band. Good times.
Here is some humor for ya... when I first joined Red Herring the boys were too scared to even talk to me (I'm pretty sure they thought I had cooties or something) but now I strangling max and they are all laughing at me doing it. Good times.....
Well, this was super amazing. Red Herring had the awesome opportunity of opening for Mark lavengood, The go-rounds, and JOE HERTLER AND THE FRICKEN RAINBOW SEEKERS. Dude what a treat was that. Unfortunately, our drummer boy Joshy had to miss out because he was on tour with the school of rock but we were able to pull it off with max on drums and me on bass.
We were able to stick around and watch all the acts even though we were underage! Yeah, it's pretty awesome being a musician and playing shows with a great line up because you get the perk of sticking around when you shouldn't.
Rock and blues singer from Detroit, Mi