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When we first spoke to Xenia late last year, she was just about to release her first-ever EP titled “Sing You Home.” Since then, the young singer-songwriter has come a long way. With the third season of The Voice kicking off next week, we caught up with the 17-year old who stole everyone’s hearts from the first season as part of Team Blake. She’s been a busy girl and she’s about to become a whole lot more busy. She’s featured on Blake Shelton‘s upcoming Christmas album “Cheers… It’s Christmas!” and she shares with us about how excited she is to finally hit a studio with Blake, and what other tracks from her former coach’s first Holiday album she can’t wait to hear. Blake’s album is out next month… just in time for Halloween!
We caught up with Xenia earlier today to talk about life since splitting ways with her record label, the details on her brand new single, and much more. Take a look below at our exclusive interview with Xenia and get ready to see a whole lot more of her:
Nicolle Galyon is a study in contradiction. She grew up in the tiny town of Sterling, Kansas, but thrives in the big city of Nashville. She writes songs for country music, but she’s trained in classical piano.
With that said, it makes sense that country singer Nicolle would end up on rocker Adam Levine’s team on NBC’s smash singing competition “The Voice.” As you will find out, she wouldn’t have had it any other way.
The 27-year-old moved to Nashville after graduating from high school. She enrolled in Belmont University’s Music Business program and was focusing on a career behind the scenes in the music business. But her undeniable talent wouldn’t let that happen. She secretly began writing songs in her spare time. Thanks to the urging of her friends, she entered a few of her songs into the Songwriter’s Showcase Series at Belmont. Her success there opened up some doors, which opened up more doors, which led her to a publishing deal with Warner Music Nashville, where she has been a staff songwriter since 2007.
Several of her songs have made it onto records — including a pair by a certain American Idol alum. But the voices singing those songs — telling her stories — weren’t hers. That’s one of the main reasons she auditioned for “The Voice.” She decided her love of music was greater than her fear of failure. Score one for love.
The auditions were back in October, how hard was it to not say anything to anyone?
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.
It was the end of the line for two members of Team Blake and Team Christina tonight, and the show came to a surprising and unexpected turn. After Christina Aguilera advanced Frenchie Davis, and America picked Beverly McClellan at the top of the show, it was Blake Shelton’s turn to pick who to save after Adam Levine and Ceelo Green’s teams performed for the first time on live television.
America had chosen to advance Dia Framps after her amazing version of Kanye West’s “Heartless” last week on the show. It was also the most-downloaded iTunes performance by Team Blake since the airing, (iTunes downloads counts for votes on this show). Blake was left with the difficult decision of only choosing one other member to advance: between country heart throb Patrick Thomas, whose voice rivals American Idol’s new winner Scotty McCreery, Jared Blake the father moonlighting as a rockstar, and the young and adorable Xenia.
I wouldn’t know who to pick, but I was shocked that America didn’t send through Patrick. Blake looked to be in shock and heartbroken over having to pick who to go with, visibly uncomfortable in his chair while he delayed until the last possible second (NBC cut out in many cities across America at this point). I’m sure jaws hit the floor across the world when the shy, and cute-as-a-button Xenia was picked over the experienced and ready-for-radio Patrick and Jared. Mine sure did.
Blake’s reasoning, for those who missed out on the end of the show, was that he could help blossom Xenia’s career now more than he could for the boys. He thinks that he could change her career for the better, and that the boys are ready now for the industry.
Do you agree with Blake’s choices, or do you think his team suffered a huge setback tonight?
The Voice returns next week at 9 ET. Blake is on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno tomorrow night as the second guest.