Three of the five artists entered The voice At the end of season 22 Blake SheltonThe team, one of three, seemed to give the OG coach his ninth win, but it was still a surprise when it turned out to be a true blue country singer. Brice LeatherwoodBecause at the beginning of the live shows, Bryce had to sing in the instant save to stay in the competition.
In fact, Bryce, who had three chair turns during the blind auditions, said that even he was surprised, and parade There was never a time when he thought he would walk away with a Universal Music Group recording contract.
“I was lying in bed on Monday night trying to sleep before the big day on Tuesday,” he said in this one-on-one interview. “I was just laying there, and I was like, ‘Man, you’ve got a one in five shot to win this show.’ Still, even then, I don’t think it’s possible. But America loved Bryce Leatherwood and it was amazing to see. It’s so humbling and so beautiful.”
Of course, Bryce credits Blake with helping him get the win: he says the coach gave him great advice on song choices, but advised him not to change who he is as an artist.
“I think my last four songs on the show were the most impactful and the most important,” said the 22-year-old Georgia native. “I think they showed me everything I needed to prove myself to win, so I have to thank him. Also, I have to thank him for leading me down the path of being myself and just sticking to who I am and not wavering from there. I think especially in this business people have a lot of ideas about who you are and what you should be. I plan to stick true to who I am, but also to adapt, to be flexible to other voices and other ideas. It has taught me in many ways to be adaptable but always be true to who you are.
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Bryce knows that he was not in the lead to win The voice At first, he had to sing for Fast Save, especially to get 13, but his performance of “Amarillo in the Morning” caught the attention of country music fans and they started picking him up.
“I think that’s what put me on the radar and in the minds of a lot of country fans, but I think my favorite show is ‘If Heaven Wasn’t So Far.’ Maybe not the most emotional song I sang, but the one I enjoyed the most – 100 percent – it was definitely ‘Trouble’ at the end.
As part of the prize package, a recording contract, Bryce will head to Nashville, but it remains to be seen as the winner. The voiceHe is thrilled to find his place in country music.
“I just want to release country music that affects people, both fun songs and fun songs and slower and more downbeat songs,” he said. “I want to make music that affects people. I want to go back to the traditional country roots, but also include some modern influences. I don’t want to be bogged down in just traditional country. I want to incorporate great sounds like southern rock, great traditional country sounds, and great modern country sounds.” .
Plus, in our chat on Victory Morning, Bryce talked about his next steps, the biggest lesson he’s learned. sound, How a college business degree can help, what it’s like to work with Paul Mirkovich band, and his plans for the holidays.
how are you feeling? It’s only been 12 hours. Have you wrapped your mind around it yet?
No, I don’t have a mother. I don’t think I ever will. I am proud to represent so many incredible people, so many amazing artists as a winner. This is such an honor. I am so blessed to know all these amazing artists, people, actors, production crew, coaches and voice coaches. I am just blessed. I’m taking it all in one day at a time. It is unrealistic.
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There should be a lot of joy in winning, but what is the scary aspect?
The scary side of it is that you lose control of the timelines; You lose control of what needs to be done. As an artist, you have to ride this wave of shows, and so you put your foot forward and say, “Hey, let’s get this thing rolling. Let’s get this going. Because we’ve never seen an artist go broke. of It’s the voice and the scariest part. I want to make sure I do everything I can to be at the forefront of country music and the winners. His voice.
What are your next steps? You currently live in Statesboro, Georgia, do you have to commute to Nashville, or can you work from home?
We will be looking at this over the next few weeks. Right now, I know I’m going to try to relax and spend time with family, relax and have fun, but when I find myself moving to Nashville in the near future, maybe hanging out there with friends, I’ll be able to look at thrift. Money and trying to grind. It’s grinding. You have to be ready to put in hard nights and long days and be ready to write and record and be ready to do whatever it takes to be successful. You must be hungry.
Doesn’t Morgan Miles live in Nashville? I know she wasn’t in your group, but if you go to Nashville will you meet?
Absolutely. Morgan and I are very close friends. It’s amazing to be surrounded by so many amazing artists. In Nashville, there’s a lot of people at the show and everybody’s taken me under their wing and said, “Hey, if you ever need something, let me know,” so Nashville, Tennessee might be second. at home.
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You have a business degree from Georgia Southern University, which may seem counterintuitive to music, which is creative, but you think the business degree will probably help you stay grounded and understand the contracts and the business side. Business?
oh no! I think from an analytical perspective, a lot of my skills come from door-to-door sales and working with my landscaping company. How to interact with people, how to read people, how to see people’s intentions is very important in business deals and also when it comes to music. It’s all about what you know, not just what you know, so I believe both my business management degree and my experience in business will help me in the future.
Is there a life lesson you can take away? His voice. Did you learn something about yourself or did you learn something from the other contestants you went to, “That’s a great thing. I have to remember that.
I say, never judge a book by its cover. I’ve made so many incredible friends that I never imagined working outside of a show like this. It’s amazing the people you meet and love when you’re out here for months at a time, spending time working, trying to stay sane during this crazy time. Man, I fell in love with the people here. Everyone was such a favorite, such a high character note. I have come out victorious representing all those people and it is my job to represent them properly because I see myself as responsible for them. I’m happy to be a 22-year champion carrying that torch to so many incredible people.
What was it like working with Pavel Mirkovic and guitarist Justin Derrico, all these musicians?
Wow! That’s a very good question. Paul and the whole team show that those guys eat, sleep, breathe music. Seeing them smile every day doing what they love to do, is so inspiring, because that’s all I want to do. Those people love it, and you have to love it to want to do it because it’s hard, it’s brutal. They showed me that if you want to do it, you have to love it. Those people gave so much of their time to little people like me to hear the voice I wanted. It was incredible to work with them, how accommodating they are, how inspiring they are.
Is it home for the holidays? What are the holidays like for you?
Holidays should be about family time, fun, laughter and having a good time, celebrating the triumph of all. This is for my family and I’m here to make them proud. I think I did my job well.
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