Alexandra Joyce talks 'The Voice' audition: I called Jennifer Hudson out
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/11/2017
Alexandra Joyce is currently a contestant on The Voice's thirteenth season.
Alexandra's Blind Audition was barely shown, as her performance was briefly featured during a montage of several auditions. Alexandra sang "Wildest Dreams" and sparked the interest of three coaches -- Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine.
Viewers didn't see much of the conversation that unfolded, but the 16-year-old from Wesley Chapel, FL ultimately chose to join "Team Jennifer."
Alexandra will now be competing in The Voice's famous "The Battle Round," which kicks off October 16 on NBC.
During a recent conference call with reporters, Alexandra shared the details of her experience on The Voice so far. Below is what she had to say.
Since we couldn't see much of your Blind Audition, please tell us all about it.
Alexandra Joyce: Yes, of course. Okay, so I had Adam, Jennifer And Blake turn around. I sang "Wildest Dreams" by Taylor Swift and I thought that that's a really good song for me just because it showed a really great variety of my range.
It was a great song for me to throw some emotion into and I just felt like it was a great song overall. And I also had the opportunity to change it up and make my own rendition of the song, which is a big part of who I am as an artist. So I was very excited to be able to showcase my version of the song on the stage.
Why did you decide on having Jennifer as your coach?
Alexandra Joyce: All three of the coaches talked to me very little. Adam kind of said, you know, there were a couple of pitch issues because I was very nervous, and he said that one of his favorite things about the show is that we take artists that aren't fully there and we really work to make them more present on stage and more confident on stage.
And Blake said his usual thing about like, you know, you're the artist. We want to make this about you. And Jennifer just didn't really say much of anything.
She just kind of said to me like, you know, I can't really compete with the other coaches, so good luck. And I ended up calling her out and kind of saying, well, you haven't said anything to me. What do you have to offer to me?
And then she kind of sat up in her seat and she really started to talk to me and said, I see the drive in you. I see the passion in you. I know that you have it -- it doesn't matter who you go with now, because you have what you need and you know that you have what you need to make it. So right when she stood up and really started to get passionate about it, [that's] when I knew that was where I needed to go.
How did you get into music as a serious performer? And I'm wondering where about you grew up in Wesley Chapel. Were you able to hone your craft by doing public songs that kind of got you comfortable with the format you're facing now?
Alexandra Joyce: I have grown up in Wesley Chapel for my entire life. I grew up in different school choirs and then eventually joined an Allstate choir and Tampa Bay Children's Choir. And, you know, and I went to a private school called Academy at the Lakes and was in choirs there as well.
It was probably around the age of 13 that I started to pick up and realize that I wanted to be more of a solo artist and I wanted to kind of go from doing more formal music to more of a singer/songwriter, more passionate type of thing.
And I started to pick up different instruments and taught myself how to play the guitar and from there just kind of blossomed into something I never imagined.
So music has always been in my soul, and I think that learning how to play the guitar and starting to understand music a little bit more just gave me opportunity to grow as an artist. And from there, I've kind of gone out and done open mic nights and played at weddings and, you know, concerts and talent shows in the area.
And unfortunately, Wesley Chapel doesn't have a huge music scene, but I'm working to make that change, and I am actively working to perform anywhere that I can because it's a passion of mine and it's what I love to do.
Your bio on The Voice website says that you were also really into dance at one point, but then you had chronic pain that doctors have never been able to diagnose that sort of steered you away from that. Did that help direct you towards music and can you talk about that a little bit?
Alexandra Joyce: Of course. So I was a full-time dancer doing ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, as well as [pointe]. And it was a really, really big thing for me. I was very, very passionate about it and it was definitely, you know -- I love all arts and it was something that I could throw my emotion in to and really perform.
And having to leave that definitely pushed me more into my music and helped me to find even more emotion and more passion within my music and has definitely helped me to find myself as an artist more. So it's definitely been something that has been an obstacle to get over, but my music has helped me to get over it.
And were doctors ever able to give you a diagnosis?
Alexandra Joyce: No. We haven't gotten a solid diagnosis, but we do have, you know, ideas. We have indications that it could be fibromyalgia, and we're looking into lupus and other autoimmune diseases as well. So it's uncertain, but that's kind of what we're, you know, looking at.
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