Sundance, a 37-year-old musician from Houston, TX who currently resides in Porter, TX, was on Blake Shelton's team, marking The Voice coach's fifth win overall since Season 1. Sundance earned the title of "The Voice" as well as a recording contract. Ironically, he previously competed on American Idol but didn't make it to the finals.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Sundance talked about his The Voice experience and victory. Below is what he had to say. Check back with Reality TV World soon for more.
How did you feel going into the finale after performing songs like "Darlin' Dont Go" and "At Last" that were huge hits with the audience?
Sundance Head: I think I had a lot of momentum going into the last episode, especially the finale. For me, I felt like everything was lining up the way that it should've been. It was the right time for me. I was being rewarded from the world and I had been putting a lot into everything that had led up to that day.
I really felt like my hard work was paying off. The song choices that they gave me and, you know, from playing my dad's song to being able to play with KISS to singing "At Last" for my finale song and to be able to sing my original song "Darlin' Don't Go" -- which I wrote by myself for the love of my life -- it just felt like it was too perfect.
I thought it had to be going the right direction, but you still have to tell yourself there's a possibility that maybe you won't win. So, I just tried to keep it at an even keel and not really get too sure of anything really, so.
But I certainly could feel an energy that I hadn't felt before, and I could tell that people around me were feeling that energy, because the other contestants were making comments about certain things and people were predicting me to win all of a sudden. There was just a huge change in everything, and I really do owe most of it to that finale performance.
But I had told myself if I had any shot and if there was any way that I was going to come down to the wire on the show, I was going to do everything that I could do to make sure that when I left the stage and I walked off from The Voice, that I did not have a single regret. And I did that every time I got onstage.
Did you have a gut feeling you were going to win the season?
Sundance Head: I did. Actually, the day of the results show when I thought I might win, I got extremely scared. I had come to the realization that maybe I would win and I was completely unprepared for winning because I thought that [We McDonald] and [Billy Gilman] were going to win.
On social media, they had thousands and thousands of more people that were following them and tagging them and liked their pages and things. I had hinged most of this on that aspect of the media.
Of course I was completely wrong and (laughs) I seem to be wrong about a lot of things, mostly, but sometimes I get things right. And I could tell that the songs that we chose were the right songs. I really felt like if I couldn't win after the performance I gave Monday, then I just can't win, period. B
ecause I know there was nothing I could've done any better than what I did on Monday, ever. And I felt really good about that, and I prayed to the Lord and I just told him, "Whatever path you laid for me is the path I'm going to take. I'm not even going to question it. If I win, I win. If I don't win, I don't win."
I just have to continue to try to grow as an artist, a father, a husband and a human and just try to get better and have more positive things happen to me. And I've also realized that if you have positive thoughts and you walk in a positive line of thought throughout your day, a lot of positive things happen just from thinking that way.
Tell me about Blake's coaching style. Why was it so successful?
Sundance Head: Well, I can't really speak on behalf of past coaching experiences, but what I can tell you from what I noticed was, for me, at some point, he realized that I had a direction and a sound and an arrangement style I was looking for, and he allowed me to pursue it with the band.
I think that's really when I started to ascend on the show as far as the performances and the song choices and the song arrangements are concerned. And I could tell it was making an immediate difference.
I really don't know about the styles of the other coaches because I didn't experience that. I know there's a lot of things -- I did see that I really admired from the new female coaches. I really don't know much about [Adam Levine]'s coaching style, but I do know that [Alicia Keys] and [Miley Cyrus] were both very engaged in rehearsals and also wardrobe.
They were very personable with the artists that were on their teams and they treated them with tons of respect. They really, really wanted to be involved in everyday operations with their team, and that to me I thought was outstanding just from an outsider's view... I think Blake is just a badass.
He's a very sweet, genuine guy. He makes you feel really comfortable. I'm not sure how much he influenced me that I even realize, just because he's so casual with his delivery and his suggestions. So, I think Blake is really sneaky. He may make it look like I was out there doing all of the heavy lifting, but it was probably his idea all along, and the only one who probably knows that is Blake Shelton.