Third place isn’t so bad when you've notched more than 40 hours of national network television exposure, gained tens of thousands of fans, seen your performances climb the charts on iTunes, and sang duets with the likes of Maroon 5's Adam Levine and nine-time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow. That's the perspective of Traverse City’s Joshua Davis, who is back home, having just finished his gig on NBC’s The Voice.
So what's next? The Ticker inquired.
Ticker: There were especially great performances on that last episode. What was it like for you, singing duets with Levine and Crow?
Davis: Sheryl's amazing – I've been a fan of hers for a long time. And she's so, so nice – you'd be amazed at how totally sweet she is. To do the duet with Adam was really fun, too, and that was such a great song choice.
Ticker: So are you getting ready to go on a Voice tour like they staged last season?
Davis: No, no Voice tour this time. I'm on my own, which is actually really exciting. I'm back in Traverse City now, taking a few days to chill out and sleep and cook food and hang out with my family. It's been a wonderful ride with The Voice, but I'm really looking forward to getting back to doing what I do.
Ticker: Do you have plans to work with your coach, Adam Levine?
Davis: Well, Adam is on tour in Europe for the next month or so, but we are keeping in touch so we'll see what happens there.
Ticker: What did you learn from him?
Davis: I learned a lot from Adam. Mostly about confidence. He's got a lot of confidence on stage, and he realizes that no one has a perfect voice, but if you make your performances real and genuine, that will resonate with people.
Ticker: For the first time on The Voice, they allowed a contestant to perform original songs that you'd actually written, as opposed to only covers or songs written in-house at the show. How did that go?
Davis: "Workingman's Hymn" was on a previous album I did. But I had to fight to get one of my own songs on the show. So more than anything else, I felt like that was a real win, especially when it got on the top ten of iTunes – hopefully that'll help the show reconsider letting people do their own original music.
Ticker: Exactly - it seems that would be the point of trying to find the next great voice, after all.
Davis: Right! I mean, I understand that it's specifically a singing competition, but they're also trying to build artists' careers and establish some longevity, and original music is going to be the way to do that.
Ticker: So other than that accomplishment -- and of course making the final four -- what was your favorite part of being on the show?
Davis: Definitely meeting all of the people. The Voice is such an amazing production – it's actually a huge, supportive community, from the coaches and the other contestants, to the people you don't see – the stage crew, the wardrobe people, the lighting and sound people, the guy who drives the forklift. I made a lot of friends and connections, and it was amazing to get all of the support from Michigan on top of that.
Ticker: Would you do it all again?
Davis: (laughs) Well…it was a great experience. It really was. But I think if we'd known how much time and energy it was going to take, I may have said no.
Ticker: What are your plans now?
Davis: Now I'm just going to focus on getting back out in front of people with my own live shows. And I'd also like to put some focus back on our community – I'll be doing some fundraising and such to say thank you.
Ticker: And you're working on a new album too, correct?
Davis: Yes - I'll be writing and recording a new record, but there's no release date yet. In the meantime, I can be found at all the usual social media places – Facebook, Twitter, and at joshuadavismusic.com.