Karli Webster talks 'The Voice': I faced my fear of failure by auditioning, my voice is my life now
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/10/2017
Karli Webster, a 20-year-old from Santa Clarita, CA, is currently a contestant on The Voice's thirteenth season.
Karli performed "You're So Vain" for her Blind Audition, and both Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus turned their chairs and fought to have her as a team member.
Miley explained to the artist how she wants to represent women who work hard this season, but Adam argued, "You have my favorite voice of anyone in this competition, and to lose the opportunity to work with you would be a huge, huge loss for me."
Despite Adam's meaningful plea, Karli decided to become a member of Miley's team so they can make "herstory" together, according to Miley.
During a recent conference call with reporters, Karli talked about her The Voice experience so far. Below is what she had to say.
Performance-wise as a singer, I was hoping you could talk a little bit about what you did before The Voice and how much you've done. For instance, there's a YouTube video out there of you performing as Karli & the Kazoos.
Karli Webster: Yes, so I actually do not have extensive performance experience. I've spent so much of my time being focused only on school and on work. I'm just a busy body. And going to school for music has kind of been my direction of like, "Okay, I need to make this my life."
And then doing The Voice was kind of having to put school and work on hold. It was kind of the first opportunity that I really allowed myself to make performance and make my voice my life. Because prior to that, I was so focused on school and work that performing full time wasn't necessarily an option for me.
So yes, I have a couple very limited videos out there that I've just done with some friends who make films and love doing music, but outside of that, it's been very, very local and very small just -- the outreach that I've had with my music.
So did that make The Voice experience really nerve-wracking for you, or how did it feel?
Karli Webster: Absolutely, yes, since it was really just kind of the first big thing I've allowed myself to do for music. I feel like it was so incredible, everything that happened. I seriously still can't comprehend everything that has happened and is continuing to happen. So yes, it made it that much more crazy.
What made 2017 the right year to try out for The Voice? What led you to audition now?
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Karli Webster: Well, my mom and a lot of my friends have been kind of nagging me to audition for years. We always watch the show and I always dreamed of being on the Blind Audition stage, and no matter how many times they told me, "Just do it," I think I was too afraid.
I've had a lot of closed doors in the past, which I think is what kept me from pursuing music wholeheartedly. I was so afraid of facing failure that I just kind of avoided it, and I faced a lot of failures too. So I was very afraid, but it was kind of just, "What the heck," like, "What's the worst that could happen?"
So I signed up just a week before the open call in Las Vegas and we drove out there and it was a great experience. Totally shocking, and I absolutely did not expect any of this to come from that moment.
You mentioned that you've done so much piano before. At what point did you choose to switch over to singing as your focus?
Karli Webster: Well, I've been singing alongside piano my whole life, but when I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a classical pianist and playing like Carnegie Hall, and that was kind of my direction. And then I entered a song-writing competition when I was five-years-old at my elementary school and I wrote my first song and I won first place at my school.
And even then at five-years-old, I kind of realized like, "Wow, I can make something special out of this," and from that moment on, I continued writing songs. And my dad has been a big influence for me. He has been in bands and he sings, and he's kind of a piano player, a musician/singer.
So he really inspired me and always sang to me, and I would always sing with him. So when I started writing my own music, I started thinking a lot more and I did some musical theater when I was younger. So singing was introduced very early on, just like piano is.
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