Season one contestant talks about ‘The Voice blind auditions and Adam Levine.
Tucked away in a Virginia mall is the thriving music club Jammin Java, where Rebecca Loebe will be performing tonight. From the outside, the club looks like a suburban cafe but inside it resembles a rock club that also serves coffee. In the back, Loebe curls her hair in a dressing room that’s best described as red velvet. Although Loebe’s base has been Atlanta, she is a local girl born in Virginia.
The Voice Blind Auditions
Rebecca Loebe didn’t go looking to audition for The Voice, The Voice found her. She was contacted by a casting agent that had a copy of one of her CDs. Having some free time, she decided to audition, never expecting she would make it onto a national TV show. Yet, a few weeks later she was walking onstage before the coaches for the first episode of The Voice. It was one of the most nerve racking moments of her musical career. “That first blind audition performance was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. And I’ve jumped out of an airplane,” Loebe admits. “I walked out on the stage into this arena full of people with the four coaches with their backs turned and it was silent. There was no introduction. There was no announcement. There was no applause for walking on stage. I could hear my footsteps echoing throughout the place as I walked up to the microphone.”
Loebe sung a stirring version of Nirvana’s Come As You Are that showed off her vocal strengths and musical creativity. Halfway through the song Christina Aguilera’s chair turned around. Soon after Maroon 5’s singer and guitarist Adam Levine also turned around. Both coaches were impressed by Loebe’s voice and her interpretation of the Nirvana hit. Although Loebe was honored to be chosen by Aguilera, whose voice Loebe admired, she chose Levine. Adam Levine’s success as a songwriter as well as a singer and musician is what Loebe aspired to.
Watch Rebecca Loebe describe her audition experience for The Voice
Time with Adam Levine was short but sweet
Rebecca Loebe describes Adam Levine as being really cool and really sweet. Unfortunately, Loebe’s time on The Voice was short. She competed with Devon Barley in the battle rounds singing Radiohead’s Creep. Levine seemed to struggle with his decision but ultimately chose Barley. Before Loebe left the stage, Levine hugged her. He told her she was fantastic and not to stop pursuing her music career.
Rebecca Loebe found it hard to see her love of music as a competition. “I made a decision really early on to prepare for that performance as if I was preparing to sing a duet with a friend that I adore on stage at a concert,” Rebecca says. “Because that’s all you can control…like how hard you work, how good you can make it.” Loebe did have a thriving music career to go back to. “By the time that it aired on TV, I had completely accepted it,” says Loebe. “I had an existing music career that I loved.
Watch Rebecca Loebe’s performances at Jammin Java:
Her In That Dress
Come As You Are by Nirvana
Stronger by Kanye West
Continued…Part 2: More of Rebecca Loebe’s interview. She talks about being mentored by Adam Levine and her music career.