Lindsey Pavao, a singer from Manteca and someone who has performed in Turlock with her former band A Colourado in 2006-07 during the War Memorial shows, made Christina Aguilera push her button in less than 30 seconds on the second season of NBC’s vocal competition, “The Voice.”
On last Monday’s show, Lindsey Pavao performed Trey Songz’s hit, “Say Aah,” in front of the show’s four celebrity coaches, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green, and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) and made all but Levine choose to push their button to ask her to be part of their team.
The Voice is a vocal competition that started last year on NBC where celebrity coaches judge singers solely on the sound of their voice, and not their looks, as their chairs are turned facing away from the singers. If the coaches are interested in working with a singer, they must push a button that turns their chair facing the singers. If multiple coaches are interested in a singer, then the singer must choose a coach. Coaches choose singers to build a team of four singers who will then compete against each other. Once the teams are competing, singers will be eliminated each week until a winner is chosen. The winner of the show will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.
After Lindsey’s rendition of “Say Aah,” country singer Blake Shelton recognized her Fiona Apple influence and said, “I love your voice.”
Christina Aguilera, the first to push her button, said, “I enjoyed every second of that, actually. I thought it was such a creative choice and so original to do that song, and to do it so well. You have such a unique quality and tone to your voice. I don’t want to touch that I just want to play with you and have a great time experimenting.”
Cee-Lo Green also stated that he enjoyed the performance and said, “It was so cool sounding, it took me a minute to catch what record that was… It’s probably the coolest thing that’s happened on the second season so far.”
So how did Lindsey feel about three talented, famous celebrities fighting over her?
“It is so bizarre to have such successful artists fighting to work with you,” said Lindsey. “It felt like one of those dreams that are so real, but something that is happening is so bizarre you know it has to be a dream…but it wasn’t!”
Lindsey ultimately chose to work with Christina Aguilera. Lindsey said that she was told before the audition to go in there without any preconceived notions of these judges and listen to what they had to say.
“Christina understood me right off the bat,” said Lindsey. “She knew I’m not trying to be a pop singer.”
Lindsey said that she also thinks Aguilera knows exactly what she can improve on, and that Aguilera is very open-minded to what she wants to do with songs and how she likes to change them.
“Unique” is a word that has been attached to Lindsey Pavao since her performance was previewed on the internet and aired on television. Lindsey takes it as a compliment but also plays it down as she feels there’s a lot of “unique” music out there, just not getting the attention by mainstream culture.
“For a lot of people who don’t listen to many independent artists out there, or only listen to radio, what I did was really unique,” explains Lindsey. “But for me, I’m like… this is going on all around you all the time.”
Lindsey doesn’t believe she was chosen because she’s a super strong singer but because she can offer something different.
“I by no means am saying that I am the only one who does this. I am one of many amazing artists,” says Lindsey. “I mean, even look at what’s coming out of the Modesto/Turlock area! The bands I used to play with in high school; Fairway or Jupiter is Useless and many others. I’ve just been lucky enough to have this platform to share it with people all over the place.”
Lindsey was told by her former boss at a bar in Nicholas, Pinkies Bar and Grill, that she had to audition for The Voice. She hadn’t really seen much of the show but liked the concept about the coaches not being able to judge by sight and that the show seemed very open to new kinds of singers.
“I hope it really opens people’s ears to the diversity out there right under their noses,” said Lindsey about her opportunity on this platform. “When I think about that, I think about how lucky I am for this opportunity.”
The week after Lindsey appeared on The Voice, her performance was on the iTunes songs chart at #25, and rose as high as #4.
“I cannot WAIT to release my own stuff,” exclaimed Lindsey. “Singing just makes me happy and I’ve always had this fear that lots of people really dislike it when I sing, but no one would tell me. So it’s cool to hear strangers, who don’t owe me any politeness, say they like what I do.”
Maybe after Lindsey releases her own recordings, she’ll come back and perform in Turlock. She remembers the War Memorial shows and still has good things to say about Turlock.
“Before the blind audition, Turlock was the biggest show I’d ever played,” stated Lindsey. “The War Memorial shows with A Colourado were, no lie, some of the happiest nights of my life. The vibe and music culture in Turlock is really accepting and innovative. I hope I represent Nor Cal well!”
For now, fans must watch to see if Lindsey Pavao continues to progress through the show’s competition and onto the live shows where America gets to vote on who they want to hear more of and who goes home.
Lindsey says, “You should definitely tune-in to see how I do!”
The Voice airs on NBC on Monday at 8pm (Pacific Time).