Rebecca Brunner, Natalie Stovall and Ryan Scripps talk 'The Voice' and joining Blake Shelton's team
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/16/2017
Rebecca Brunner, Natalie Stovall and Ryan Scripps are three talented The Voice contestants this season who joined coach Blake Shelton's team during the Blind Auditions.
These three artists didn't have a choice in the matter, as Blake was the only coach to turn around for them, but they couldn't be happier to be competing on Season 13 of The Voice.
Throughout the next couple of rounds on the show, The Voice coaches -- Blake, Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson, and Miley Cyrus -- will each be able to steal a few artists who lose their Battle or Knockout performances, so it will be interesting to see how the teams change and who will survive the cut.
With "The Battle Round" just around the corner, Rebecca, a 22-year-old from Mason, MI who currently resides in Chicago, IL; Natalie, a 35-year-old from Columbia, TN who currently resides in Nashville; and Ryan, a 24-year-old from San Jose, CA, talked to reporters during a recent conference call about their time on The Voice so far and what their auditions were like.
Below is what they had to say about their individual experiences.
Rebecca performed "Believer" by Imagine Dragons, and Blake turned around at the last second because of the difficulty of her vocal performance.
Being from Mason, Michigan and fellow contestant Lucas Holiday is also on the show from Lansing, Michigan, Rebecca talked about her thoughts on the fact the two singers live within 15 miles of each other.
"It's been so cool being able to get to know Lucas. The first day we met, we both found out we're from Lansing. We just have been saying 'Lansing Represent' every time we see each other. So it's been really cool because I've not only found a brother but he's from my home town," Rebecca explained.
"So I would say it's been really awesome because we both know a lot of the same people. So we've been able to get a lot of support through each other and just kind of momentum off of that. So I think it's been incredible and I'm super happy for him and I'm so happy that we can be alongside during this process for sure."
When asked about her song choice, Rebecca told reporters, "I am more of a folk pop singer and I went for more of a pop-rock song, but I felt like it was a really current song right now, so I felt that it would be good to maybe not just be another R&B soul singer on the show and kind of change it up."
Rebecca, having a soulful voice, was hoping the coaches would be drawn to her "unique" rendition of the rap song, thinking, "That's an interesting take."
"So I did kind of do it for the head turns, to make an interesting choice and to be different but also relevant. So obviously, nerves sink in and it's a whole different story because it's a really fast song. But I love that song," she said.
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"I think it has a good message and I felt like it would be relevant in the pop world today but also could be -- it could showcase a different side of my voice and to be more unique than just what I'm labeled as."
Natalie performed "If It Hadn't Been for Love" by The SteelDrivers for her Blind Audition, which briefly aired as part of a montage of performances.
"I picked the song [by] The SteelDrivers, and that's kind of a bluegrass band from Nashville, and it was my very first introduction to Chris Stapleton's voice back when I first heard that band, and so I just -- I love the song. I thought it was unique and I thought it represented me, my voice, and an artist," Natalie told reporters.
"And I play fiddle on it normally when I actually sing the song live, but yes, I mean, it was such an incredible experience. And the whole time, it's like I'm a country singer from Nashville and I was just visualizing Blake turning around and he's the one that turned around."
Natalie continued, "All four of the coaches had beautiful things to say. I mean, they all were very encouraging and had great things to say, but I went towards the end of the Blind Auditions, and so Blake was the one that turned around and I'm very thankful for that."
And Ryan took the stage with "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt for his Blind Audition.
"[The song] just kind of shows who I am as an artist. Sam Hunt obviously is more the pop-modern country and that's really the route that I've been taking in the past few years as I've been pursuing this as a career. And it's just a fun song. I have a lot of fun singing it," Ryan explained.
"I can relate to it and it's one of my girlfriend's favorite songs, so I kind of did it for her as well. And Blake was the only one who turned around and I'm super grateful for that. All I needed was one chair to turn, but even better Blake being the only one because he was the one coach that I was going to for from the very beginning."
Ryan concluded, "So yes, it was a really fun audition. I made a fun arrangement with the song, and changed it up, made it my own. So super grateful for the opportunity."
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