Since the host of NBC’s new hit singing competition The Voice just happens to be the host of AMP’s Morning Show with Carson Daly, we were given an exclusive look behind the scenes of the preparations of the nationwide tour with the top eight finalists!
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Kicking off the anticipated six-date tour right here in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Wednesday, July 27th, the lucky eight finalists are finding out what life in the spotlight is like by performing on stage in front of thousands.
AMP’s own McCabe sat down with each of the Voice Live performers Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, Javier Colon, Nakia, Xenia, Casey Weston, Frenchie Davis and season one winner Javier Colon for a sneak peek of what it’s like to hit the road together, how their coping with the sudden onslaught of fame and recognition with adoring fans, and what part their superstar mentors are playing in their newfound music careers.
[pullquote quote="He helped me grow so much as an artist and performer, which I'm so grateful for." credit="The Voice finalist, Xenia, on her mentor Blake Shelton"]
Nabbing two finalists from each of the Voice judges’ teams, The Voice Live Tour is a pumped up, more personal version of the acclaimed competition show. Following closely to the show’s formula, each of the top eight performers will belt out the same hits that helped advance in the show, but this time adding their own personal finesse and originality to create a compelling live show that stands alone from the TV show.
Each of the top eight finalists sat down with McCabe to give us an insider’s take of all the hard work and preparation it takes to pull off such a spectacular live show, especially to those gripping with their new fame title after only recently being thrown into spotlight from the popularity of the TV show.
Take the young, bashful high school student Xenia, who’s never performed in front of an audience on this scale before now. Taken under the wing of Voice mentor [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Blake Shelton[/lastfm], Xenia was coaxed out of her shell during the show and more and more let her personality shine through. Xenia told McCabe that Shelton was always supportive of the creative direction she wanted to take with her music and never discouraged her to take a chance with her performances.
“He helped me grow so much as an artist and performer, which I’m so grateful for,” Xenia tells McCabe. “Any questions I have, he’s there for me.”
Fellow Voice mentor [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Adam Levine [/lastfm] is equally as supportive of his young finalist, high school senior Casey Weston, who, despite being voted off early on in the live shows, is still coached by Levine to keep on reaching for her dream.
“He’s been really nice and supportive — he’s chill,” says Casey. “He just said it wasn’t the end and that I’ve got a long road ahead me. It was really good advice to hear.”
Although the newbies on the Voice Live Tour are just growing accustomed to their newfound fame status, the more experienced performers on the tour are showing them the ropes and guiding them through the whole transition.
Top four finalist and half of the rock duo Meg & Dia, Dia Frampton, has been performing professionally with her sister since the age of 14, and shares her wisdom with the up and comers on the tour.
“I went way further than I ever thought I would,” she explains to McCabe, adding that those thinking about trying out for next season shouldn’t “be afraid of being original…let your personality shine through,” because, ultimately that’s, what people take notice of.
And it’s no coincidence that season one winner and fan-favorite from the beginning, Javier Colon, took the coveted title as “The Voice” and scored a $100,000 record deal after winning, he’s been performing and touring for years. The cool, calm and collected member of the touring cast, Javier knows what to expect on the road of a major tour like this one, having already performed on a grand scale as the opener for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mya[/lastfm] years before.
But although he’s accustomed to the ins and outs of touring, his sudden bout of fame is still catching him off guard, telling McCabe, “It’s been a whirlwind; it’s been awesome. I haven’t changed much except that I’m busy.”
And that seems to be a general theme amongst all the touring members of the Voice Live Tour. Even though each of these eight finalists are now figuring out how to manage their newly established fame, they’ve remained humble and have become extremely close and connected with each other.
We discovered that not everything on the Voice Live Tour is all work and no play, but rather a close-knit camaraderie among new friends sharing the same passion and enthusiasm for music, and they’re ready to make the most of it.