Q&A with The Voice’s Madi Davis
Oct 20, 2015 08:19AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Photo courtesy of The Voice
We got to meet Madi Davis
earlier this year for a feature story on overcoming medical obstacles. The
North Texas singer, who has suffered from severe hearing loss, wowed us with
her talent and her drive, and now she’s wowing the nation on NBC’s The Voice. We caught up with Davis for a
first-hand look at what it’s like to be on the show and in the spotlight.
Southlake Style: What has been your favorite moment from The Voice so far?
Davis: There may be too many to decide. Working with Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliot were at the top of the list for sure. They were very encouraging and really made me feel special and empowered.
SS: Has anything surprised you?
Davis: I had never thought how much fun it was going to be. Being surrounded by fellow musicians has been so exciting.
SS: Tell us about the Blind Auditions. What were some of the emotions you felt before taking the stage?
Davis: It was really overwhelming. I remember feeling grateful to be able to audition and hopeful for a chair to turn. Just one. That is all I needed.
SS: How does it feel to be on Team Pharrell?
Davis: Being on Team Pharrell is really perfect. I had originally wanted to be on Team Adam but he did not turn his chair. When I watch the Blind Auditions video on YouTube, I wonder how I decided to pick Pharrell. Gwen is amazing but there is something about Pharrell that is calming and convincing. He really speaks from the heart. That feeling is constant in his coaching. I am grateful for him picking me in the Blind Auditions and again on my Battle round.
SS: In one word, how would you describe your journey on The Voice?
SS: Where do you find inspiration for your music?
Davis: When I was younger (middle school) I remember hearing Ed Sheeran and immediately thought “There is good music!” All I had really ever heard up to that point was pop radio. Then I started looking for more good music and found a couple more. Lewis Watson is another early inspiration. When I got my guitar and started writing, I realized there were amazing female singer-songwriters, too. I found female singer-songwriters like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Tracey Chapman. They inspire me every day to continue to write music.
SS: How do you prepare before performing?
Davis: I make a set list and familiarize myself with the songs, some tea and honey if available and then warm up if it is early in the day. For the Blind Auditions, I had some tea and honey, went over the song in my head, then warmed up with my vocal coach, Peter.
SS: You’ve overcome many challenges due to hearing loss. What motivated you to keep pushing forward?
Davis: It is really one of my earliest goals that I set. I have wanted to audition for a show like this since I was six years old. I remember crying when I was younger because I figured out I would have to wait to audition longer than I had been alive. My family also helped me stay on track. Their support was and is very important to me.
SS: You were a patient of Dr. Bob (click here for the story) for years and attribute some of your success to him. Do you still keep in touch with him?
Davis: Dr. Bob is amazing. I am grateful for my McKinney doctors, Dr. Rafi and Dr. Chamblee for recommending him. They all worked together to help me make the best decision on when to have the surgeries. I don't think I could do what I am doing today without his expertise. I still have to go back for regular visits so we have been able to stay in touch. He has been reaching out to our family recently for updates on the show. I hope he knows how much I appreciate everything he has done for me. He has said that if I make it to the live shows he wants to come out to L.A.
SS: What would you like to say to your fans?
Davis: The response after the Blind Auditions has been amazing. I would like to say thank you! Everyone has been so supportive. Please continue to watch The Voice to see how I do. Fans can also say hi online – my Twitter and Instagram are @madiannedavis.
SS: Anything else you’d like to add?
Davis: To keep up on my progress on The Voice, you can follow my social media and check out MadiAnneDavis.com. I made it through the Battle Rounds. Pharrell picked me to continue on his team. That might have been the hardest part of the show for me yet. It was so much fun to get to know and work with Sydney Rhame on Riptide and I’m really sad to see her go. I will miss her. I now move on to Knock Out rounds. Please tune in to see The Voice on NBC every Monday at 8/7c and Tuesday at 9/8c.
Watch Madi Davis' blind audition of "It's Too Late."