Tarralyn opens up about the NBC reality series which has viewers hooked.
“The Voice” is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.” Hosted by Carson Daly, the show features four musician coaches, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who will coach only the most talented vocalists.
Coaches dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance.
Eventually only one singer will be named “The Voice” — and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000. Hip Hop Weekly gets the inside scoop from Tarralyn Ramsey who has shared the stage with such artists as Ray Charles and Mary J. Blige.
HHW: Tarralyn, what was it like working with your coach, Christina Aguilera?
Tarralyn Ramsey: Wow, Christina was very sweet. I never got any type of diva-ish attitude. Obviously, as a female vocalist and if that’s the role that you carry like a diva you always want to be the center of attention. I mean it just kind of comes with the territory. Most female singers that are great singers, they want to be the center of attention. But she was very sweet, very accommodating, offered amazing advice and absolutely seemed like she wanted to actually help us succeed.
What was one of the most difficult moments of the show?
I was trying to remember all of the words to “Single Ladies,” oh my gosh, I never knew it had so many words. Its just tons of words in this song. And so I was thinking, Lord, please don’t let me forget these words and hopefully let me try to remember how to move on this stage because I would like literally stand there and freeze up because I’ll concentrate so hard.
How you feel shows like “Glee” or any reality shows like “The Voice” or the “X Factor” have really kind of opened doors for you all?
I absolutely think that reality shows are the new way to get heard, to get a deal, to basically take out – take off ten or 15 years of work. In the matter of three to four to five to six months, you alleviate ten year’s worth of work without, you know, a television audience, without press, without media. For some strange reason people gravitate to what they see. The power of television is – there are no words that can describe it. I always tell people that television will change your life. It will do more for you than getting in your car and going from city to city and passing out posters or flyers. You know, so it definitely has changed the way that artists get signed. And I think it’s a great vehicle for a lot of artists that don’t fit the mold, that most times never get the opportunity to walk up into a record label, present demo or do a showcase.
What will you remember most about the show?
When Christina hit the buzzer and turned around first and talked about how she wanted to work with me, I think that’s my most memorable moment.
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