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Interview:
Joshua Davis figures he won by "losing" on "The Voice"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Joshua Davis considers his third place finish on the latest season of NBC's "The Voice" a victory.

The Traverse City singer and songwriter says he "always knew that Sawyer (Fredericks) was going to win" the competition, but that Davis himself got the best of both worlds during his time there. "There wasn't one minute where I thought I'd win the show or where I wanted to win the show," says Davis, 37, says by phone befor a performance in East Lansing. "Each stage I made it past I was surprised, but I never felt like I was ind anger of (winning) and being latched on to any of the contracts that come with that.

"And that's absolutely a blessing. I'm kind of a controlf reak; I like to work with a team, but it's importnat that I'm calling most of the shots. So, honestly, it worked out in the best possible way it could."

Davis says his time on "The Voice," during which he was part of coach Adam Levine's team, provided valuable industry contacts as well as learning opportunities -- particularly about singing from the program's vocal coach Trelawny Rose.

"I don't think of myself as a singer first; I think of myself as a songwriter and isntrumentalist, and then a singer last," explains Davis, whose married and has two young children. "I never focused on my voice, really, so to take thet ime and really focus on looking at my voice like an instrument rather than something I use to get the words out, it was really good for me.

"Now I have a regimen I keep up with that's strengthened my voice, built my range. It's like playing guitar or piano; it's something that needs to be practiced and a muscle that needs to be exercises. So that was a wonderful thing to learn."

Davis, who also performs with the Michigan groups Steppin' In It, Shout Sister Shout and the Starlight Six, is now trying to figure out how to parlay his exposure on "The Voice" into a career advantage. He's touring, of course, and drawing bigger crowds thanks to the show, and Davis has studio time booked in September for a new album that should also benefit from his TV notoriety.

"There's definitely a lot more people who know about me now," he notes. "It feels good to be off the show and back in control of the ship, but navigating this transition is going to be interesting. There are a lot more opportunities coming up, so I'm taking my time and figuring out what the next big step is and not worrying too much about coming out with product right away."

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