By: Denise Warner
When it came to the end of the season,
it was Michelle Chamuel who won our hearts
on The Voice. She’s ready to wow us with her
debut album, Face The Fire, releasing on Feb.
10. She Magazine had the chance to talk to
Michelle about The Voice, her new album and
(wait for it!) her relationship with one of our
other favorite girls, Mary Lambert.
Were you prepared for how much being
on a reality TV show would change
I think it’s different for a competition show
where there are eliminations versus just a reality
show because if you only make it to the
blind auditions, not much is going to change,
you know? If you’re on for a few shows, you
may try to prepare for what may come of it,
but the farther you go and the longer you’re
on, the more you become recognizable because
your face is plastered everywhere.
(laughs) Then yeah, it’s time you start thinking
about making your life ready for that
kind of change, but I’m honestly not sure
how, mentally, you can do that. I think one of
the things you can prepare is security. As in
protecting yourself, like buying your domain
name and stuff like that. Take the spaces that
are yours because oddly enough someone
will buy them and try to sell them to you! Or
they’ll pretend to be you and interact with
fans and press. So as far as preparing for how
life will change, I think, maybe you can do
some things. But, if possible, like for me- I try
not to prepare too much. I try to stay chill and
grounded and not look ahead too far.
Your debut album Face The Fire is due out
on February 10th. I love the name and I
feel like there’s a bit of a story there.
Yes, when I got together with my friends,
Theo and Tyler, we were working on different
tunes. There was this one tune they sent to
me that started out as an instrumental nugget.
The tune called to me. There’s this energy
to it. I started to feel what it was and I
started talking to them about what I was feeling.
Through that brainstorm session, Face
The Fire happened from talking about what
was happening inside me, like this fire that
was burning in me. Everyone knows what it’s
like to want to do something so badly, you
can feel it. [It’s been a] learning experience
because when something is burning inside
you like that, there’s this pull to let it take over
and consume you. It can get in the way of
everything else. Finding a balance was really
important and Facing The Fire is really about
both sides of it. Funny, it ultimately goes
back to your first question bout preparing
for a successful career because it can be so
demanding and you want to stay focused but
You mentioned Theo (Katzman) and Tyler
(Duncan), your collaborators. I
read somewhere they are your college
friends and former band mates.
Yeah, we met at college and we formed a
band together. What’s cool is that we’re really
hard workers. I mean, we were all there
to work. The goal was to make an album. We
had two weeks to write ten songs. It was a really
tight schedule and we were there to get a
job done. It’s great because we’re all friends.
We did have a few nights where we were able
to just hang out and have fun...
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