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article image'The Voice' — Season 7, Week 1: 'I've got the music in me' Special

By Earl Dittman     Sep 25, 2014 in Entertainment
Sixteen lucky vocalists helped to kick off the 7th season of the hit singing competition show with grace and style. The gifted singers, who blew away Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stafani and Pharrell Williams, talk about their debuts on 'The Voice.'
The Voice has returned with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s seventh season. Internationally acclaimed artists Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join returning mega-stars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host.
The first two nights (September 22 and 23, 2014) of Season Seven's Blind Auditions introduced the world to some the most incredible singers to ever grace The Voice stage. During the Blind Auditions, Adam, Gwen, Pharrell and Blake's decisions were based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches could hear the artists perform, but they don’t get to see them — thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach was impressed by the artist’s voice, he/she pushed a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach’s chair swiveled around so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushed his/her button, the power then shifted to the artists, who chose which coach they wanted to work with.
Blake Shelton  Pharrell Williams  Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine - the coaches for Season Seven of  Th...
Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine - the coaches for Season Seven of 'The Voice'
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We caught up with each of the sixteen talented advancing artists — from Week One of Blind Auditions for Season Seven of The Voice — and asked them to recall some of their initial impressions and experiences while performing on NBC's highly-rated, star-making show.
Taylor Phelan - Team Pharrell
His decision to sing The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather" - "I just thought that it really showcased a really unique side of my voice and my abilities. It just felt like a really great song for me. I don't think that it's a really normal song, that everyone could sing. So, I just thought that I would kind of capitalize on some of what my strengths are and perform a song that just felt like I could do really well."
Elyjuh Rene
Elyjuh Rene
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Elyjuh Rene - Team Pharrell
Why he picked a coach he never expected to chose - "It is very difficult when there are four awesome coaches up there who want to help you become the best artist that you can be. They're telling you great things about how much they want you and all that. They start talking to you more and more, so you start falling for a different person and end up not going with the coach you probably thought you would. I mean, they talk to you in such a great way that you really can't help but fall for it."
Bryana Salaz
Bryana Salaz
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Bryana Salaz - Team Gwen
How she came to audition for the show - "After I moved to Texas, The Voice actually found one of my YouTube videos, and they invited me to come audition. I had been posting a lot of songs, hoping for something to happen. For me, the invitation was definitely a big realization that people were listening and were seeing things that I had done. Being asked to a part of The Voice was such a huge compliment."
Allison Bray
Allison Bray
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Allison Bray - Team Blake
The experience of returning to The Voice stage for a second chance - "Whenever you are on that stage, I don't care how comfortable you are in any setting, I don't care if you've ever been nervous on stage before, it is a complete different ball game. Being there, it's kind of like an out of body experience. Like, the second time I got off stage I was like, 'What did they say to me? Did I get my words right?'"
James David Carter - Team Blake
His career expectations now that he's been on The Voice - "When you set out to be an artist, you obviously want to — you want to do it at the highest level possible. Obviously, you want to be exposed to as many people as possible. Hopefully, being on The Voice will be a springboard into people wanting to know me enough to where they're interested in my own music, the music that I write, that I've done before this show and that I plan on doing after."
Luke Wade
Luke Wade
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Luke Wade - Team Pharrell
Why he went with his "Happy" coach - "I was really torn walking onstage because I didn't know who was going to want me the most. I didn't know what they were going to say to me, and I was there to believe what they had to say. I'm somebody who wants to be the best version of myself in front of America. Then Pharrell said, 'I want to show America who Luke Wade is.' It just happened to be the perfect thing to say to me. As soon as he said that, I knew exactly what I was going to do."
Taylor John Williams
Taylor John Williams
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Taylor John Williams - Team Gwen
What it was like having Mrs. Gavin Rossdale say he made her hot - "It was very flattering to hear, but all the coaches were in a very flattering state. My decision to choosing her as a coach had more to do with her kind of pinning me as a writer based on how I sang the cover. I think was really exciting and kind of unique, but the hot thing was kind of cool, too"
Danica Shirley
Danica Shirley
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Danica Shirley - Team Pharrell
Why she wanted to be on The Voice - "I've always been a really big fan of the show. When I was performing, I just wanted at least once person to turn around for me, because I've been trying for such a long time. I haven't been able to make it, unfortunately. So, I was just thinking that I just want somebody to listen to me and really understand me. And, I could just see it like on Pharrell's face that he was very genuine. He was very interested in me and very passionate about me."
Joe Kirk - Team Adam
Why he went with Maroon 5's lead singer - "I picked Adam because family has always been important to me. I've always looked up to every single one of my family members. I went into my audition with an open mind, and I wanted to hear with that judges would say — to make sure that I made the right decision. When Adam said I was like his little brother, I kind of took to him. I wanted to have a relationship with my coach as if he was like my brother, because I have great relationships with my brothers."
Taylor Brashears
Taylor Brashears
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Taylor Brashears - Team Blake
Why she wanted to sing "You Ain't Woman Enough..." - "Loretta Lynn found her husband making out with another woman behind the Grand Ole Opry and punched this girl in the face. The next day she started writing this song. I absolutely love that story. It's so sassy. She completely stood up for herself in the mid-60s, which is something that didn't always happen. She paved the way for what songwriting is today for women. We're allowed to say whatever we want to say and it's amazing."
Clara Hong
Clara Hong
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Clara Hong - Team Adam
Why she chose the rocker over the soulster - "I am in love with Pharrell, I still am. But, while I was onstage, I didn't want to overthink things. The way I remember it, Adam just seemed so excited and really energetic. I felt like, 'He really wants to have me on his team.' Pharrell equally wanted me but I felt this connection with Adam. Also, Adam's poem was really awesome."
Reagan James
Reagan James
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Reagan James - Team Blake
How she felt about her performance - "I was very happy with my audition. I had so many nerves, it was crazy. I was so stressed, but after watching it, I was absolutely pleased with it. And I thought they did an amazing job. The band's amazing and I felt like my stage presence was good. It was all really great."
Damien Rice - Team Adam
The healing power of music - "Music is definitely therapy for me. I think that just being able to talk about what happened to me (the shooting at LAX), at this point, is healing as well. But with music — I always go back to music anytime I'm feeling sad or anything like that. I can always listen to something and it can encourage me or just lift my spirits."
Maiya Sykes
Maiya Sykes
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Maiya Sykes - Team Pharrell
What it's been like working with the R&B superstar - "He's been great. He's lovely, and he has a lot of really insightful things to say. He is a musical pioneer in my mind. So I'm always willing to learn from the masters if I get the opportunity."
Menlik Zergabachew
Menlik Zergabachew
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Menlik Zergabachew - Team Gwen
His immediate connection to the No Doubt singer - "I had no doubt that I wanted to work with her. As I said there on the stage, man, I've been like a huge, huge, huge fan from like way, way back — like middle school years. I was definitely trying to go for Gwen, one thousand perfect. I love her and her band No Doubt. It all worked out."
Sugar Joans - Team Gwen
The decision to sing the Aretha Franklin classic "Chain of Fools" - "I have grown up listening to oldschool R&B my entire life. Actually, it's a song that I sing pretty much every weekend with my cover band. So, I had kind of already put my own twist on it a little bit. It was something that was in my wheelhouse. But, it's definitely very intimidating going up and doing a song that has that much history and recognition already."
Catch The Voice every Monday and Tuesday evening at 8:00p.m.EST/7:00p.m.CST on NBC.
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