Going to three of the five artists the voice The season 22 finale is over Blake SheltonOf the team, it looked like one of the three would give the OG coach his ninth win, but it was still surprising when he was that true-blue country singer. Bryce Leatherwoodbecause at the beginning of the live shows, Bryce had to sing in the instant save to stay in the competition.
In fact, Bryce, who turned three seats during his blind audition, says even he was surprised, and he agreed. Parade That there was never a point where he thought he would walk away with a Universal Music Group recording contract.
“I was lying in bed on Monday night, trying to get some sleep before the big day on Tuesday,” he says in an interview. “I was just laying there, and I was like, ‘Man, you’ve got a one in five shot to win this show.’ Still, still, I didn’t think it was possible. But America loved Bryce Leatherwood and it was incredible to watch. It’s so humbling and so beautiful.”
Of course, Bryce gives Blake credit for helping him achieve success, crediting his coach with giving him great advice when it comes to song selection, but also advising him that he’s more than just an artist. Do not change.
“I think my last four songs on the show were the most impactful and the most meaningful,” said the 22-year-old Georgia native. “I think they showed everything they needed to show me to be in a position to win, so I have to thank him for that. Also, I have to thank him for giving me my Lead myself and just stay true to who I am and never be afraid of that. I think that’s something to say, especially in this business where people There are so many ideas about what you should be, not who you are. I plan to stay true to who I am, but also be adaptable, flexible with other voices and other ideas. He Taught me in many ways to be adaptable but always be true to who you are.”
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Bryce knows he wasn’t primed to win the voice In the beginning, especially since he had to sing for an instant save to pick 13, but he felt when he performed “Morning by Marilou” that he caught the attention of country music fans. turned himself in, and they voted for him.
“I think it put me on the radar and in the minds of a lot of country fans, but I think my favorite performance was ‘If Heaven Wasn’t So Far.’ There was a song I sang, but the most fun I had – 100 percent – was ‘Trouble’ at the end for sure.
With a recording contract as part of his prize package, it remains to be seen whether Bryce will go to Nashville, but as a winner. the voicehe’s happy he’ll get a shot at finding his place in the country.
“I just want to put out country music that touches people, both upbeat songs and upbeat songs, but also slower and more mellow songs,” he said. “I want to make music that affects people. I want to go back to the traditional country roots, but also include some modern influences. I don’t want to just stick to my traditional country line. I Want to include great sounds like southern rock, great traditional country sounds and great modern country sounds.
Also, during our conversation the morning after his win, Bryce talked about his next steps, the biggest lesson he learned. the voice, How his college business degree will help him, how it’s like to work Paul Mirkovich Bond, and his plans for the holidays.
how are you feeling? It’s only 12 hours. Have you wrapped your mind around this yet?
No, ma’am I don’t. I don’t think I ever will. I am so proud to represent so many incredible people, so many incredible artists as a winner. It is such an honor. I am so blessed to know all these wonderful artists, people, cast, production team, coaches and voice coaches. I am just blessed. I soak it all in one day. This is unreal.
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There must be great joy in winning, but what is the scary side of it?
The scary part of this is that you lose control of the schedule; You lose control of what needs to be done. As an artist, you have to go on this wave of the show, and so you have to put your foot forward and step up and say, “Hey, let’s put this thing out. Let’s do it, because We haven’t seen an artist of the The sound is the scariest part. I just want to make sure I do everything I can to keep my country music at the forefront and on top of the winners. the voice.
What are the next steps for you? You currently live in Statesboro, Georgia, will you have to commute to Nashville, or will you be able to do it from home?
We will see that in the next few weeks. I know right now, I’m going to try to hang out with family and spend time, relax and unwind, but I see myself going to Nashville in the near future, maybe couch surfing with some friends there, save. Money and trying to grind. This is a piece. You have to be prepared for hard nights and long days and be prepared to write and record and do whatever it takes to succeed. You must be hungry.
Doesn’t Morgan Miles live in Nashville? I know she wasn’t on your team, but if you moved to Nashville, would you be in touch?
of course Morgan and I are very close friends. It’s just incredible to be surrounded by so many incredible artists. In Nashville, there’s a ton of people that are already at the show and all the people have already taken me under their wing and said, “Hey, you ever need anything, let me know,” so Nashville, Tennessee may be the second home
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You have a business degree from Georgia Southern University, which may seem like a contradiction to a career in music which is a creative thing, but do you think a business degree will help you stand out and Know about contracts and the business side? Business?
Of course! I think from an analytical standpoint, most of my skills have come from doing door-to-door sales and working with my real estate company. How to communicate with people, how to read people, how to see what people’s intentions are when it comes to business deals, and when it comes to music. It’s all about who you know, not just what you know, so I believe both my business management degree and my business experience will help me in the future.
Is there a life lesson you will take away from it? the voice. Did you maybe learn something about yourself or from other competitors that you went, “That’s a really good thing. I have to remember that.”
I say, never judge a book by its cover. I’ve made so many wonderful friends that I would never have taken a picture of me outside of a show like this. When you’re out here for months, spending time working, trying to stay sane through all this craziness, it’s amazing the people you meet and love. Man, I love everyone here. Everyone was so sweet, such a high character note. I am here as a winner representing all the people and it is my duty to represent them properly because I see myself as responsible for them. I’m excited to carry that torch and be the 22nd season winner for so many incredible people.
What was it like working with Paul Mirkovich and guitarist Justin Deriko, all professional musicians?
Wow! This is a big question. Paul and the whole band, it shows you that these guys eat, sleep, breathe music. Seeing them smile every day doing what they love is inspiring, because that’s all I want. Those guys love it, and you have to love it to want to do it because it’s tough, it’s tough. They showed me that if you want to do it, you have to love it. These guys have dedicated a lot of their time to little people like me to create the sound I want. How fitting they are, how inspiring they are, it’s incredible to work with them.
Is it home for the holidays after all? What does vacation look like to you?
Holidays should be family time, relax, laugh and have a good time celebrating all of this. This is for my family and I’m here to make them proud. I think I did my job very well.
the voice Will be back for the 23rdrd Season with new coaches this spring Chance the Rapper, Neil Horan Returning coach Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton Training your last season.
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