We may have seen the last of Lacey Brown on American Idol, but I doubt we've seen the last of Lacey Brown. After her American Idol ouster Lacey sat down and chatted with members of the press to discuss her time on the show and what's next for her. In her exit interview Lacey definitely took the "glass is half full" approach, praising her Idol experience and speaking with confidence about her future in the music industry.
Lacey took the time to chat about her unique voice, her musical inspirations, and how trying out for season 8 compared to making the Top 24 for season 9. Here are the highlights from our interview with Lacey Brown.
Do you feel like the judges gave conflicting criticism this year? Do you think America got a sense of who you are as an audience?
"It's difficult with the criticism this year, because it has been a little bit confusing, and I would change things week to week. I'm a very different artist, a very different voice that's not suited for a lot of different genres. I see myself doing more of a pop folk album. I definitely can see myself doing an album soon. I would love to do that. I want to give people the chance to hear something fresh and new and different. There are not a lot of voices like mine now on the radio, I take pride in the fact that I'm a lot different. I've always been a little unique and individual, and I should try to embrace that in my performances. Hopefully people can get that, and hopefully they like it. I'm looking forward to writing some new music that fits my voice."
Last week Lilly, Katelyn and Alex all said they didn't believe they'd be going home, did you sense similar factions within the Top 12?
"No, not at all. There are two different approaches that you can take when you get voted off. You can be happy with the situation and make the most of it, which is the route I'm trying to take. I haven't set my focus on anything negative going on. I didn't sense that anything like that was happening. This is a reality show, and this is a show that someone has to go home every week. The fan base is very very very important, I think it has been a shocker sometimes, but that is just the nature of the beast that is American Idol. That's how the show rolls."
What do you think your downfall was?
"It was probably, I have to say, energy. They kept asking for energy on songs, and I kept trying to give it, and they kept saying it was a sleepy performance and they wanted to see a little bit more energy, because I'm a happy and a bubbly type personality, and they wanted me to transfer that into my music.
The issue that I was having was that I really love to sing ballads, I love telling a story with a song. I'm very artsy, so that side of me comes out when I sing. I think I kept picking songs that I really loved to sing and really felt, and maybe it didn't transfer as well onstage. So, maybe that was it. But I wouldn't have changed any of it, because that's who I am. Even though I'm a bubbly, happy person, not every song that I sing is gonna be up-tempo. I'm not really sure, but even if it is, I wouldn't have changed a thing."
What did the judges say after your elimination?
"I think they genuinely care about the contestants. It's hard to hear their critiques, but they're there to help you, and there's a fine line between taking things personally, and taking what they say and applying it to yourself, and fix yourself, and work things out that you need to work out. When they came up afterwards, they had nothing but kind things to say--things like 'this is just another step in your career, you have great vocals, you're very unique' They were full of compliments, because they want to see us succeed, and they don't want us to feel like all hope Is lost, because it's not. I'm in the Top 12 right now. Even though I got voted off, this is not the end all for me. This is a great opportunity to jump start my career. So I think that's the point they were trying to make."
After getting cut in Hollywood season 8, what made her want to come back and try again?
"I'm one of those people who gets very competitive; I decided it was way too much fun of an experience to not try again, to try to get further. If I would have made it, into the Top 36 last year, I wouldn't have been able to come back this year. I'm really glad that I got a second chance. I'm really glad that I had decided to come back. I needed to work on a couple of things to get further in the competition. It wasn't a hard decision, because everyone that was involved in the show--everything about it had just been a blast for me."
Was it harder to be cut the second time?
"Honestly it was hard both times. They were equally hard. I will say,
hard is different from...obviously I got into the Top 12, I'm in the #12
spot in America right now, as far as American Idol goes, and that is
not a bad place to be in. Was it hard? Yeah it was emotional, but I'm
very happy with my spot, I'm very proud to be where I'm at, I wish I
could've gotten a little bit further. But, hard or easy? It's just been
a blast up to this point."
How did you feel about your elimination? Were you at all expecting it?
"I woke up yesterday morning and had the strangest feeling that I was
going home. I told the other contestants and they were like "are you
crazy? Why would you be going home!' they were really supportive and
really sweet. But something about it, something was off. It wasn't that
I made peace with it, I had just gotten used to it. It's a hard thing
to hear, but we were there in that moment...after you sing, you're not in
control of it. It's been a shocker every week, who goes home
sometimes...but that's just the nature of the show. It wasn't a shocker,
but the reality of the fact was just a little overwhelming."
Who are your biggest musical influences? Who would you most like to work with?
have a lot of influences right now. One of my biggest influences right
now is Patsy Cline. I won't be able to work with her, but I learned a
lot from her performance, like how to tell a story in a song and how
to make you feel that you've fallen in love again, or feel like your
heart is broken. She was a great performer.
Also, there are new and
upcoming people I've been following for a couple of years like Pete
Yorn, who is just an amazing musician and singer who has a great vibe.
Not a whole lot of people know who he is yet, but I think he's
upcoming. I have a lot of indie bands that I follow, I've got a couple
of country bands that I'm really liking right now. I'm finding an
influence from everywhere. You can tell from my style that I like to
clash things a lot. Sometimes I take an emo song and make it really
folky, or take a pop song and make it country. Whatever it's going to
be, I'm want the styles to clash. I'm not comfortable singing a Rolling
Stones song just like the Rolling Stones."
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