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The Voice Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

The Voice

This is an interview with Team Adam & Team Christina on February 14, 2012 about the show The Voice.

Question:
You have a lot of new fans now and you have some celebrity followers interested in you guys as well. How does it feel to have a new fan base, including celebrities?

Chris Cauley:
I think it's bizarre actually. I'm sure we all agree this is happening very, very fast, the past, not even 24 hours it's been a rush. I know personally from experience I've gotten no sleep whatsoever. And I'm sure everybody can say the same. But me personally I'm just having a lot of fun with it. It's kind of silly to take it too serious and to blow up your head. At the end of the day this is a reality show. And well I know personally I'm just in it to have a good time and just ride the wave and catch as many blessings as possible.

Nathan Parrett:
The support on Twitter is fantastic, and people are directing to YouTube where I have videos also. And that's been a big blessing. As for the shout out I will have to let you know if that happens how I feel. But it's been great.

Moses Stone:
As far as Twitter it's been a huge blessing. It's been a great experience. Just to have a lot of fans and a lot of people connect with you and your performance and therefore you can be engaging with them and really build your following. And as an artist that's what we all look for. We look to build that following and build that true connection and build a loyalty within our fans. So it's been amazing. And the support from celebrity followers it's overwhelming. It's a beautiful experience the way it's happening right now. And I think as it progresses down the line it's going to be even more beautiful and even more fans to come down and chime in and really get to know all of us as artists.

Pip:
It's been incredible. I think it's amazing to see how quickly this show has just exploded. And I mean, I'm just completely overwhelmed with everything. And really excited to see how things grow from this point on so.

Question:
Moses, The Voice is generally known as a singing competition. So what made you take the brave step into going there with a rap act?

Moses Stone:
I think it was definitely a brave and bold move for myself. But I think it's definitely time for Hip Hop to actually be recognized in a lot of the competitions that's out right out. Not really many outlets for Hip Hop artists to really showcase their talents. And I feel that the show is technically called The Voice, but I feel that with every song and every artist it's based on lyrics, and it's based on the emotion. It's based on the connection with the audience.

And I feel that rapping is the same thing. It's poetry. And it's a certain cadence and a person's tone and their delivery and in the way they speak and the way they protect themselves that it's the fame that's using your voice and singing. And nowadays everything is all built together. And Hip Hop is definitely a big part of music in the genre. So mean personally I just felt it was time to really just step up and do something different and really just bring it to the forefront.

I really want to represent Hip Hop. I want to represent pushing the boundaries and pushing the envelope between our artists. So that's why I really picked the move to just come out and audition. And it was the night I got picked by my amazing coach Christina. And I'm truly honored and truly blessed and happy to be on her team.

Question:
Geoff, we wanted to know being that you're 51-years old I'm sure that your journey into music stardom has been a pretty long one with some challenges. Can you share with us some of the opportunities you've had in performing music that led you up to The Voice?

Geoff McBride:
Thank you so much once again for the opportunity to speak with you. And thanks so much to The Voice. The opportunities at 51-years old have been tremendous. I've had the opportunity to be on the stage with some of the best. And I feel like The Voice is an opportunity for me to get back out there and do what I do. It's been a while, but I always had a dream.

The first go around doesn't always turnout the way entertainers expect it to go. You know, and we know how fickle the industry can be sometimes. You can get thrown under the bus. And I feel like with me that situation arrived. I jumped on it, I rode the bus, but now I'm ready to ride it and rise to the top. And The Voice is a great, great, great venue for that. I have much respect for the coaches, the producers, and the whole show, and every talent there. You know, to me everybody walks away a winner simply because of the way the show is handled.

Geoff McBride:
Geoff, since you've worked with so many people over the years, like Gerald Levert, Aretha it's pretty impressive. How did that prepare you for this moment now?

Geoff McBride:
I think over the years breaking that stage, I never took it as a joke. I think that looking in the eyes of your fans and your fellow musicians knowing that you take what you do seriously, that's what prepared me for now. Because everybody I've walked on the stage with is so serious in what they do. So it made you want to be the best you can be. And that's all you can really walk on that stage and be the best you can be every time you walk on the stage.

Question:
Katrina how did it feel? What went through your mind when Carson came to your office with the invite?

Katrina Parker:
I wouldn't say coherent went through my mind. I mean, it was a complete shock. I was giddy first of all, because, I mean, obviously at that point I realized what he was there for. And beyond that I was just in shock. And then when my coworkers came around the corner and everyone was clapping it was a ridiculous moment. I don't think I'm ever going to have one quite like that again.

Question:
You recently got over an illness. Can you tell us how it felt to be back on stage singing?

Katrina Parker:
You know what, it was amazing and terrifying at the same time. I hadn't been on a stage in three years. And I guess I thought I was a little more ready than I was, because I didn't expect the amount of sheer panic that I was going to have when I stepped onto the stage. I did have a bit of a panic attack. I was very nervous. You know, you can hear it in my voice when I'm singing. But once it was over it was like, okay I can do this again. I can get back into this game and better. You know, so it was, again, wonderful and terrifying all at the same time.

Question:
Pip, you had the challenge of getting to actually select which judge you wanted to work with since you got all four to turnaround for you. Other than the fact that Adam was the first to turn why did you select him?

Pip:
This is Pip. Honestly, in the end he sold himself the best. He made it seemed like he really knew what he wanted to do with me and knew where he could take me. And he also critiqued me, which I really liked. And none of the other judges did do that. So I think that was probably the main selling point, that he could give me constructive criticism so.

Question:
Geoff, what was it about Christina that made you choose her over Cee Lo?

Geoff McBride:
My decision came down basically to the one I thought had more interest. I remember Cee Lo saying that he was looking for a powerful female singer. I wasn't aware of who had gone on. But I knew that if I walked on the stage and I wasn't exactly what he wanted then I wouldn't have the opportunity. I was shocked that he turned around. But I chose Christina simply because she turned around from the beginning. She was there till the end. And that's what I really based my decision on.

Question:
How excited are you to work with Christina Aguilera who herself is notorious from having beautiful strong voice and huge vocal range much like yourself?

Geoff McBride:
Very, very, very excited to work with Christina. I think that the journey is just beginning so we will see what's in store.

Question:
Chris, I wanted to talk a little bit about your arrangement of Grenade because it was just really great. And I was just wondering if that was something that was solely your idea or if that was more of corroboration with the band and if you knew going into this competition which coach you wanted to work with?

Chris Cauley:
First of all, thank you so much for that compliment as well. I'm still getting used to this. But yes, that actually was my idea as far as the arrangement and obviously well actually to be honest, I went into it wanting to do it just acoustic because I didn't want to trust anybody else with the arrangement. But obviously the Voice Band as you can hear every week is the best band in the business. And they just took it to a whole another level.

So I would be nothing without those guys. And it's unfortunate that they don't step out more because I owe them all the credit their way. And as far as picking Adam I actually went into it hoping he would turn around. And true story, I guess yes, four, five days before blind audition I actually had a dream that I was hanging out in Adam's house at his pool. And I don't even know if he has a pool. But we were just kicking it having a few drinks listening to the radio. And I was like okay, Adam turns around that's a sign. I got to go with him.

Question:
For some of you, there's a big difference between your appearance and your vocal style. Do you think that blind audition element of The Voice worked to your advantage?

Pip:
Absolutely, I think that the fact that they didn't see me kind of made it even more better when they did turn around because it was a shock. And I know Adam said that was one of his things that he liked the most and that I epitomized the show a little bit. I think everybody has unique voices and that was definitely a big factor in that.

Question:
Do you guys think that the fact that the show is so popular in its first season adds to the pressure of the competition or is that not really a factor?

Geoff McBride:
I think that it does. And I think it also adds a great twist because once again there's so much talent there, so much talent there.

Chris Cauley:
I actually think it's an advantage. I believe that NBC the first go around was probably it was a lot of trial and error and they weren't really sure how do things because it was the first season. And so I almost think it's an advantage for us because they've already cutting the piece on the first season. So they have a better idea of what to do with us as far as production, as far as promotion.

And we are definitely seeing the benefits of that today with none of us getting any sleep and our Twitter blowing up and Facebook blowing up. So we're definitely seeing the benefits of that. And I know that speaking for all of us, we're so just incredibly thankful to be part of Season Two.

Question:
Last weekend we saw the passing of a great musical legend Whitney Houston. With people like her and other legends like Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson, has any of those people inspired you on who you would like to become as an artist?

Katrina Parker:
Absolutely, all of those artists inspire me. I mean I was a huge Amy Winehouse fan. How could you not be a Whitney Houston fan? You know and we also lost Etta James this year. It's been a very sad year and every single one of those women inspired me as an artist. I feel like Etta James was a huge inspiration to me. I love the fact that her voice was so delicate and so strong and so raw at the same time. I feel like it kind of encompassed everything to me that's pretty perfect about a vocalist. So I definitely have been inspired by all the great ladies that have passed this year.

Chris Cauley:
I'm going to add to that, to what Katrina said. Yes, it is so sad. And in this day and age unfortunately self-admittedly I am a big cynic in the music industry today. I'm very cynical about it all. And I just miss all the great things all of the Whitney's and the MJs and it almost seems like we don't have many of those anymore. Pop radio has just been compressed to just all kinds of different fluff beats and all kinds of things that don't necessarily connect to the true musician.

And I know you just mentioned Michael Jackson. MJ was a huge inspiration for me. As a matter of fact I made my living recently touring in a show called Man in the Mirror overseas which was a Michael Jackson tribute and I was honored to be one of the singers for that. And we got to tour all over the world. And the past two years on the anniversary of his death I had the opportunity to sing his songs. It since sold out in houses all over the world. And its just such an unreal experience to be a part of that. So Michael definitely has a special place in my heart.

Question:
How surprised were some of the people you worked with? Had you told some of the people you were singing?

Katrina Parker:
You know maybe two people knew that I had sang. No one in the office knew. And they were completely shocked. I think the first time they were made aware of it is when they rounded them up and brought them around to surprise me when Carson Daly showed up. I think half of the people were still confused about what was happening and why as they were clapping and excited and no one really understood. And immediately after that people started to kind of looking up old videos on YouTube and old songs on the Internet. And they're like oh my God you really are a singer.

So I think they were very shocked. They had no idea and what a beautiful way for them to find out. I mean when you work in an insurance office, that's not the kind of excitement we get on a regular basis, you know. So it was great.

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