Xenia was the most interesting contestant on the first season of NBC’s The Voice. One of the last two surviving members of Team Blake, she surprised everyone with her strong performances and pretty vocals. Viewers found themselves rooting for Xenia during the first season, and we caught up with her earlier today to see what life has been like since The Voice for the 17-year old talented singer. She released her first EP “Sing You Home” in December on Universal Republic Records, and thanks to Blake Shelton, she recorded a duet with one of her favorite artists of all-time.
See how being on The Voice has shaped her, what she learned coming from the competition, why she’s thankful Blake is in her corner, and what fans can expect from her this year. Here’s a hint: Xenia will be big and we haven’t seen the last of her. She’s our final “Life After The Voice” feature.
This first one is from a few fans on Twitter. They want to know if you’re still in contact with anyone from The Voice?
Yes, I am actually still in contact with people from The Voice. I still talk to Dia quite often. We’ve become very good friends. I still talk to Sara Oromchi, and Beverly McClellan. We still keep in contact.
I know that Blake has been a pretty big supporter of yours, but what’s the best piece of advice he’s given you?
The best piece of advice he’s given me was, I think it was just how I was really nervous about performing and being a singer, he told me how to just kind of do what I love to do. That if this is what I love to do then that should be the only thing on my mind. When I go perform out in front of people to think that everybody was there just to watch me. That really helped me out a lot. He actually gives a lot of really good advice. He’s just been an amazing encouragement.
Another one in from Twitter about you and Blake… fans want to know if we’ll be seeing a duet between the two of you, or if we’ll see you out on his tour this year.
I think that might just come as it comes. I know that I speak for the both of us when I say that we would like to eventually sing together like a duet, or do something together. Personally, I still hope that it’s something in the near future.
What was the biggest thing you’ve learned coming from The Voice?
The biggest thing I learned was probably that my love for music is far greater than my fear.
You released your first EP “Sing You Home” back in December. Were you nervous about releasing it?
I was very nervous about releasing the EP. It’s something very different than what I’m used to. It was my first release of any type of music, so it was definitely nerve-wracking, but I think overall it was very exciting for me. It’s kind of like a new start into something new. It was very, very exciting for me and I’m very happy about it.
A few fans wanted to know if you have plans for another, or full-length, album anytime soon?
I think that is definitely something that I’d love to do. Right now, I’ll be promoting this EP and hopefully start working on a next record, a full one. That is something that I’d love to do.
You got to record a duet with Jon McLaughlin. What was it like working with him?
Working with Jon was really amazing. He’s been one of my inspirations for such a long time. He’s the reason I wanted to start singing. Getting to do a duet with him was just surreal, it was a dream come true.
Were you nervous about working with him or was it more of an I’m-so-excited kind of thing?
I think it was more I’m-so-excited. I was so excited I didn’t even think about nerves. It was awesome.
How did you get to sing with him?
Actually it was thanks to Blake. He knew that I loved him and his music, so he gave him a call for me. It was kind of a surprise because I had no idea. He got in contact with Jon and let him know that I was a fan of his. Turns out that Jon needed somebody to sing that song with, so he asked me if I wanted to do it, so I sang with him.
If you could tour with any artist you could choose, who would it be?
That’s a hard question. That’s hard because I love so many artists. I think if I could choose one I’d say Mumford & Sons because I just think, besides the fact that their music is really awesome, I just love the vibe that they give off . I really, really admire them and I just think that it would be amazing.
What was it about The Voice that made you try out?
It’s funny because I actually didn’t really know much about it. I found out about the auditions about two days before, so I just kind of went to see what it was. When I was there I found out more about it. I think that I was just really lucky. I guess it was just more about me being tired about being scared to sing and this opportunity came up and I just went for it.
What would you consider to be your favorite track from your EP?
My favorite track is “Sing You Home.” I absolutely love the vibe, it’s got a really cool vibe that kind of has a rock element in a way. I just fell in love with that song and the words just speak to me. I love that song!
Do you have any touring plans for the year?
I personally would love to have that, but I’m just not one hundred percent sure what our plans are.
I know you were really excited about recording with Jon, but if you could write or sing with any artist who would it be?
I think if I could write with any artist I would say probably Adele, maybe. I feel like she’s a really, really good writer and I love the way she puts together her songs. I’d say her for singing too, if I got to choose who I got to sing with it would be Adele too.
Are you still in school?
I’m home schooled.
Do you find it’s hard to live what some would consider to be a “normal” life now?
It gets hard at times, it can be a little bit stressful and overwhelming. It is very, very different than what I was used to before. But I think that the hard work will pay off. It’s been alright. I think it’s just all the excitement and this new life that I get to live that beats any negativity.
What can fans expect from you this year?
Like, musically wise? I think, to be honest, I’m just kind of working on getting ready to promote the EP for this coming year. We’re pretty much working on getting a full record done so we can tour. I just got a band and have been practicing my songs. Hopefully some more will come in the near future.
Did you say you’re working on a full length album?
I’m thinking about starting to work on it this coming year.
I have a few more from Twitter but it’s all about Blake, and I don’t want to make this all about him.
(laughs) He’s been just an amazing, amazing friend to me. I couldn’t be happier to have a friend like him in my life. I could talk about Blake, and sing about Blake forever, but I don’t think anything I could say about him would ever do him justice.
Xenia’s EP “Sing You Home” is available now. Get your copy on iTunes today!
This is the final piece of our “Life After The Voice” series. Catch up with interviews from other members of Season One below: