The reality singing show The Voice, on NBC has created music superstars, gained millions of fans and has changed the lives of many hopeful musicians. Winter Rae auditioned for the Voice this season and despite her inspiring vocal performance of Rihanna’s “Take a Bow,” no judge turned his or her chair around. Rae did not make it past the audition round on the Voice, instead, Rae took away a different prize from the reality show. Rae managed to create a lasting impression with viewers all across America in only a few minutes.
Rae first captured attention from viewers with her physical appearance and then her vocal talent took center stage. Rae has a unique style all her own. Fans noticed her expressive style and eye catching blue hair. Her outward appearance provides a rock ‘n’ roll vibe yet her vocal talent reflects a deeper blues feel.
When the audition ended, fans saw a new side of Rae. She was not let down; she held her head high. Her courage and positive attitude inspired fans. After the show aired, Rae was surprised about the reaction she received. “I’ve been completely overwhelmed with support from all over the world. It truly is an amazing experience to have so many people look up to you, a positive force, I am blessed,” said Rae.
Rae showed America that night on the Voice, that even though no chair turned around, her spirit did not change, her passion only increased. Her personal dedication and motivation connected with audiences all over the United States.
When asked about her future, Rae has a simple answer. Her future is music and with a little help from her friend, Perez Hilton, success is likely to follow.
The following is my full interview with Winter Rae.
Chelsea: Tell me a little about yourself and what first attracted you to music.
Winter Rae: I was born and raised in rural Iowa to the most loving and supportive family anyone could ask for. From a very early age I knew that I loved music, and in particular, singing. My favorite song was and continues to be Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’ it’s the reason I started singing. It’s the first song I ever remember singing from beginning to end in my parents driveway with the karaoke machine they bought me.
C: How would you describe your vocal and personal style?
WR: I’m more of a soulful r&b singer than what my rocker-like image seems to convey. I’m me!
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
WR: I’m inspired by singers like Mariah, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and the like when I perform. I put everything I have into every performance and that’s something that all of those performers have done as well. As far as writing, I completely immerse myself in a song…feel everything that the lyrics are saying and take it from there. I also pull influences from the Detroit area such as, Aaliyah, Eminem and Dr. Dre, as well as the White Stripes.
C: Most people were introduced to you when they saw your performance on NBC’s, “The Voice,” what was that experience like?
WR: Incredible. My life has changed forever in the best way possible.
C: After your audition on The Voice aired, what was the reaction like? What was the support like?
WR: I’ve been completely overwhelemed with support from all over the world. It truly is an amazing experience to have so many people look up to you a a postive force, I am blessed.
C: How do you feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
WR: Social Media plays such a huge part in today’s society. It’s now easier than ever to promote yourself and the causes you believe in.
C: What future plans do you have for your music career?
WR: My future is music.
C: Anything else you would like to add?
WR: Of course, Please visit my YouTube page, Facebook page and or on Twitter.