'The Voice' Interview: Why One Singer Calls Herself Music Box
'The Voice' Interview: Why One Singer Calls Herself Music Box
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The reason NBC's The Voice became such a huge hit early on was the hook that it didn't matter what you looked like -- you were only going to be judged by the sound of your voice.

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None of the auditions so far rang so true as it did on Wednesday night's show, when Stevie Jo sang Usher's "There Goes My Baby." Adam just flat out said he thought the singer was a black man and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't. 

Stevie and the rest of the advancing vocalists -- including one named Music Box -- joined the media in a conference call. Read on to see what they had to say.


A "Pretty Crazy" Risk

Stevie Jo said he knew he was taking a risk not only singing something unexpected -- but doing it with one of the coach's own songs.

"I really had been singing that Usher song for a number of years now," he said. "And I just felt like it would be really cool if I was watching the show to see this rough guy that can sing an R&B tune like that.

"I figured the audience would like it and the crowd would like it, but I did not expect them to completely mistake me for an African-American man. So that was pretty crazy."

Stevie said he's actually heard that from others before, he just didn't expect that to come from the coaches as well.


The Need for an Alter Ego

We didn't see Music Box's full audition, but she landed on Team Shakira with her performance of "You Gotta Be." And the reason why she has an alter ego, which she created when she was 18 years old, isn't exactly because she thinks she's larger than life.

"I really struggle with stage fright, and that's why I named myself Music Box, to have an alter ego. And I picked the song "You Gotta Be" by Desiree because every day I wake up as a single mother and I have to tell myself, 'You can do it. You're strong enough.' "


Changing It Up

Dani Moz was only shown in a montage of her version of "I Need Your Love," which is more of an electronic dance tune that she slowed down, giving a different take on it. She said she collaborated with The Voice band for her rendition.

"Going in as a vocalist that wanted to show off her range, I wanted to make the arrangement into something I could take my time with and really hold out my phrasing. And so instead of the upbeat electronic record that it is, we did it half-time.

"I remember rehearsing with the band and pitching the idea ... it was just really surreal. So we slowed it down and made it this really dope R&B pop jam."

Shakira ended up being the only one to press her button, but Usher also predicted Dani could "take it to the top."

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. 


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