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article image'The Voice': Season 7, Week 2 - 'I sing the songs...' Special

By Earl Dittman     Oct 6, 2014 in Entertainment
In the second week of Blind Auditions, 24 talented vocalists and performers sang their hearts out for a position on Season Seven teams coached by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stafani and Pharrell Williams on 'The Voice.'
In the two nights of Week 2 (September 30 and October 1, 2014) of Season Seven's Blind Auditions, an additional two dozens singers made through the first round of The Voice. Once again, the Blind Audition decisions made by Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton were based solely on voice and not on looks. We caught up with the twenty-two of the 24 talented advancing artists from Week Two of The Voice: Season Seven for a few words about their initial experiences on NBC's highly-rated, star-making show.
Chris Jamison - Team Adam
What made Mr. Levine the perfect coach for him - "I've always loved getting constructive criticism and using those things then to move forward and to better myself as a musician. I liked the fact that Adam took a chance and kind of just told me exactly how he felt and told me that I wasn't perfect and that there was things I need to work on. He was willing to help me to work on those things, and I took that to heart."
Amanda Lee Peers
Amanda Lee Peers
NBC
Amanda Lee Peers - Team Gwen
On being open day on a show like The Voice - "I think it's definitely like a good time for people to not just talk about it, but maybe to see we're just normal people. You know what I mean? It's not anything strange or weird. I think The Voice is the perfect outlet for that because it's not focusing on any certain relationship but it's just part of the reason that someone is inspired to do music."
Toia Jones
Toia Jones
NBC
Toia Jones - Team Pharrell
Her song choice - "I chose 'One and Only,' because, for me I felt like I was pleading at that moment and taking a short amount of time to get the message across. I feel like that song really came from a genuine place. I was really nervous, but I started to get back in there, so I had to get my head in the game and just in the nick of time, I got those chairs to turn. I'm grateful for that."
John Martin - Team Blake
Why he loves cheesy pop songs - "I was raised on well Christian music at first, but then my mom snuck me a Beatles and Nat King Cole album and let me listen to some of that music. I'm not a deep writer when I write music. I don't have a ginormous vocabulary. It's just easier for me to write cheesy love music as well. I love listening to it so it just kind of comes naturally."
Mia Pfirrman
Mia Pfirrman
NBC
Mia Pfirrman - Team Adam
Recalling the excitement of the Blind Auditions - "I've been like waiting for this moment for so long. I've been working really hard, and I just felt like I don't know it was the right time for all of this to happen to me now. I feel like my audition and the whole segment went really well."
Jordy Searcy
Jordy Searcy
NBC
Jordy Searcy - Team Pharrell
Why The Voice is far superior to other singing competition shows - "You have people who pick you instead of you trying to impress America with whatever you have. They want the talent. They don't want the person in the chicken suit. Pharrell, my coach, is really great at is caring about the artist because he's a producer. He's an example to me of what the show is really about is developing an artist into something great."
Jean Kelley
Jean Kelley
NBC
Jean Kelley - Team Gwen
What is in her future - "Hopefully, great things. I'm definitely going to work really hard and keep pushing myself. I'll probably start taking vocal lessons because it's probably about time for that, and I'll just do my best and try to make myself and my family and friends proud."
Jonathan Wyndham - Team Adam
How it felt to have Gwen swoon over his good looks - "It's just pretty humbling. I mean, you kind of melt when Gwen Stefani says it, but that kind of thing, bone structure, you can't claim any of that. I mean, it's not like it's going to go to my head. It just is what it is. I'm very thankful for that and it's very flattering."
Tanner Linford
Tanner Linford
NBC
Tanner Linford - Team Blake
Coming back to The Voice for a second time - "When I actually got on the stage and I saw the backs of those chairs again, all the memories started coming back. The fear and the doubts kind of started settling in. Especially at the beginning, I think I was really nervous. It showed in my voice. I was pretty shaky at the beginning. Then as the song went on, I got a little more control of myself, and I just tried to pour my soul into it at the end there."
Troy Ritchie
Troy Ritchie
NBC
Troy Ritchie - Team Gwen
Why he went with his coach - "Gwen Stefani has been a part of my household for my whole life. My sisters love her music. I honestly didn't really grow up listening to too much No Doubt or Gwen Stefani. I knew her songs because she was definitely a sensation. I loved what she had to say and just the fact that she turned around for me was pretty cool and that t-shirt is amazing"
Ricky Manning - Team Pharrell
The difference between busking to playing on The Voice - "Going from the streets and the subways to this giant stage and giant platform that is The Voice is a cool way to transition, because before no one was listening and now 15 million people are listening including four of the most important people in music today. It's better than me playing for two or three people who have nothing better to do in New York City."
Gianna Salvato
Gianna Salvato
NBC
Gianna Salvato - Team Gwen
Growing up with music all around - "My family was pretty music-oriented. Growing up, they were always playing music. My sister and brother were also into it. So, I think just growing up around it there was kind of no other choice other than to participate. I used to just watch my sister play the piano, and then I started playing. I sort of was integrated into it."
Kensington Moore
Kensington Moore
NBC
Kensington Moore - Team Blake
How she came to be on the show - "I'd never seen The Voice before and a bunch of my friends and family for years had been begging me to audition. I finally I went with a friend to an open call in Nashville and they talked me into it. I made it through the open call and it all just kind of like fell into place after that."
Katriz Trinidad
Katriz Trinidad
NBC
Katriz Trinidad - Team Pharrell
What she hope to accomplish on The Voice - "I guess just the experience of grabbing the opportunities that I can to just compete with others and learn more about myself as an artist is what really helps me to push through."
Kelli Douglas - Team Adam
Why she chose the song "Danny's Boy" - "That's actually one of my favorite songs. It's always giving me a feeling. I never thought I'd sing it anywhere, but I love the song. It's a country song, really ,and of course I'm not a country singer so it was fun. It was different, and a lot of people liked the song, too."
Bree Fondacaro
Bree Fondacaro
NBC
Bree Fondacaro - Team Blake
Explains why she is excited to work with Mr. Shelton - "He comes from a totally different background than I do. I just think very interesting things can come about with different backgrounds and people working with a different approach. I just felt like he was kind of a perfect fit for me and my approach to music."
Alessandra Castranovo
Alessandra Castranovo
NBC
Alessandra Castranovo - Team Adam
How she describes herself as an artist - "As a performer, I'm not really all about gimmicks and things like that. I like to just show emotion when I sing and just sing from the heart. You know, the simpler the better I think."
Jessie Pitts - Team Gwen
Her musical influences - "I grew up listening to a whole bunch of genres. My dad raised me on The Beatles and a lot of folk and country. In the last few years, I really got into indie music but Regina Spektor and a lot of British artists have been some of the kind music that I listened to in my like teen years, when I trying to find myself and my voice."
Ethan Butler
Ethan Butler
NBC
Ethan Butler -Team Adam
Why he went with a different than he expected to - "I was very much bent on choosing Blake from the beginning. But, I wanted to pry a little bit deeper to see which one I really wanted to go with, which is why I asked the question, 'What do you think I need to work on?' Adam answered that question very precisely and actually hit on things that I knew already that I needed to grow in. So, the fact that he was able to hear that and address that really pushed me over the edge, and that's why I chose him."
Grant Ganzer
Grant Ganzer
NBC
Grant Ganzer - Team Blake
The kind of music he strives to make - "I'm really working towards like a neo-soul style. I want to appeal to that soul audience, because neo-soul is kind of making a comeback right now, and I want to play music to people who love it."
Craig Wayne Boyd
Craig Wayne Boyd
NBC
Craig Wayne Boyd - Team Blake
How singing in church help him become a better vocalist - "It was about the emotion behind singing that I learned from church. I grew up in a spirit church and a Pentecostal home and everything was about you singing to God. It was about the emotion that was put into it. You just put every bit of your heart and soul into it, and that's the biggest thing singing in church taught me."
Anita Antoinette - Team Gwen
What makes her special - "I'm not an opera singer. Even though I did go to Berkeley, I didn't necessarily have the greatest experience there and I don't have that kind of strong, ridiculous voice that everybody just goes crazy over. But I do have a message and I think my tone and just who I am as a person comes out when I sing."
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