'The Voice' season 15: Kymberli Joye talks about being among the Top 11
In an interview with Meaww, Kymberli Joye from Kelly Clarkson's team talked about her time on the reality singing competition 'The Voice'
'The Voice' season 15 is getting tougher with each week. And, with each performance, the contestants are also performing their best and giving it their all. Among the frontrunners from the Top 11, one particular singer that stands out with her bold voice is Kymberli Joye.
In an interview with Meaww, Joye from Kelly Clarkson's team told us about her time on the reality singing competition, how it has helped her improve and about her experiences with the judges and mentors on the show. Starting off, Joye revealed how amazing she feels to be among the Top 11. "I was really hoping that I was going to make it. I had a good feeling about last night and about elimination, but it is a good feeling to be in the Top 11, it feels amazing," the 26-year-old from Windsor, Connecticut, said.
Before her time on 'The Voice', the singer used to work alongside chart-topping gospel singer JJ Hairston, and now standing in her very own spotlight, Joye revealed that Hairston has supported her during the process. "It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with JJ Hairston for such a long time. He has become like a big brother to me. He has always pushed me to my own thing so, he would text me and cheer me on and be so appreciative and supportive," Joye said.
Joye revealed that at times her nerves do get the best of her. When we asked her what it was like to be known as the frontrunner for Team Clarkson, she revealed it got hard at times. "It's hard sometimes because people expect certain things for me. I've been doing very versatile songs. And people come to love that and sometimes when I change it up not everybody likes change. But I'm going out there trying to do my best and to share my gift with the world.
Through the Battles and Knockout rounds, Joye and the rest of the contestants were mentored by Thomas Rhett and award-winning singer Mariah Carey. Talking about the experience of working with them and what she learned during that span of time, she said: " It was an amazing experience to work with both hands, Rhett and Mariah Carey. Rhett taught me a lot about production and he helped me and One-Up (The duo) during the battle rounds to make the song more than vocals. Make it an experience. So, that was great to work with Rhett and learn so much from him."
She continued: "The time with Mariah Carey, that has to be one of my top ten life moments. Because I have been a fan of hers for a very long time and her CD was the first thing I purchased. So, it was amazing to work with somebody who I have looked up to for so long and for her to say that she loves my voice that was the best moment ever."
Apart from getting help from Rhett and Carey, the one person giving her prominent advice is her team coach, Clarkson. Revealing the best advice she's received from Clarkson, Joye shared: "The most prominent advice from Clarkson is to share more of myself. Share more of my range. It doesn't always have to be loud all the time, because the most beautiful moments are sometimes the quiet ones. She taught me how to come out of my comfort zone and expand my vocal range and that advice is the most valuable to me."
Throughout the competition, many talented singers were eliminated. Especially after the Top 24 Live Playoffs, we saw 13 contestants go home. And, when asked who according to her deserves a second chance to be on the show, Joye said if it were up to her, she wishes everyone got a second chance because they deserve it.
"I think everybody deserves a second chance, but I probably would have to go with the people that are closest to me and Patrique Fortson is one among them. He was amazing, he was one in a million and it is so sad that he didn't make it through. But I know he is going to make it in life, he is amazing, he is incredible. And, from my Team Kelly, everyone who went home from Zaxai and Abby cates, Keith Paulson. Sandy Redd from Team J Hud they are all incredible artists they deserve a second chance and I wish them all the best in life."
Apart from the competition, the contestants share an amazing bond together, especially backstage. Talking about her most favorite backstage moment, Joye said, "Backstage is always fun, on one side we'll get on a guitar or a keyboard and we'll just sing any kind of song together. Sometimes we sing country songs, sometimes we sing gospel songs, R&B. We pick on each other with jokes, it is so much fun and we're like a family I love them all."
Finally, talking about her performance for next week's episode, Joye revealed next week's theme is 'Fan Week', meaning the fans will choose the songs the artists should sing. "I just got my song last night and I'm super excited about it. I love my fans. I love that they have ideas about who I am as an artist. So, I am excited to share the song that they wanted me to sing with them on stage and can't wait for everyone to hear it."
'The Voice' season 15 airs every Monday and Tuesday on NBC. Check your local listings for more information.