Q&A with Rowan Grace: What was it like to be stolen by Blake Shelton?

After being nearly eliminated in the Knockout Round and saved by being stolen onto a new team, Rapid City’s Rowan Grace has moved on to the final phase of The Voice, the Live Shows, where she will perform live to try to garner votes from the public. Grace spoke to NewsCenter1 about her experience in the Knockout Round, and what we can expect to see from her next.

What was it like in the Knockout Round?

“I was like, well, that sucks. But I was also like really happy for Kique because I could tell that probably he would be the one that would go through. But I was just in my head. I was like ‘Okay, stay calm. You’re good. It’s all good. You’re fine, just stay calm. How far you made it right now is amazing enough. So I was making peace with it in my mind at the time. I wasn’t really super upset, I was just trying to keep a positive mind.

And then, you know, when I was up there after Kique had won, I was talking to Gwen. I was like, ‘Thank you so much for this opportunity. And, you know, I wasn’t planning to say anything. It just kind of came out and I was like: ‘This so amazing. I’ve grown so much and I’m really appreciative for this experience,’ because I am.

It felt like an eternity of time until Blake hit that Steal button, and I was just so shocked. I started crying, I was like ‘Oh my God.’ I was so shocked.

What they didn’t show was I went back on stage and he was just talking to me and Carson was like ‘Why did you save Rowan?’ and he  was like ‘Rowan, you’re ready for this, and I really do believe that you are ready for this, you are equally as talented as Kique, and you deserve this.'”

How do you feel about the Live Shows?

“I’m so ready. I’m really excited to perform live. It’s like a whole new experience. It’s a lot more intimidating and scary, but a lot more exciting as well and a lot more personable. I feel like I can really just I have more time to connect with every audience. And that’s the most important to me, is connecting with people and that kind of stuff.

So I’m really excited for that. Also, this round is super, you know, these live rounds are super important because it is now switched to public vote. It is all it is all up to the public now. So I really have to, you know, connect with people and put myself out there and show people that I deserve their vote.”

What does your day look like when you’re not performing?

“So every day is kind of different. There’s a lot of opportunities to work on your song and improve your song and a lot of help from other people, which I’m so grateful for. Obviously working with your coach, that’s a big part of it. Working with Gwen has been really great and starting to work with Blake has also been just so amazing.

Every day is different. Obviously every day is different. You get to work with the band. That’s a whole section in itself. You get to work with some vocal coaches who can help you with your arrangement and help you with things that you’re maybe struggling with, which is super awesome and just a lot of practice in this hotel room right here.

A ton of practice. Yeah. It’s super fun. It’s crazy. Like watching the show. I knew this experience would be great, but everything, you know, this show is really mostly for me. The majority of it is the behind the scenes and not the actual show itself. And so the behind the scenes of meeting everybody on the show, meeting people that you don’t even see, it’s been it’s been so amazing.”

So how does schoolwork fit into that?

“Right now. I’m doing school. I just got out of school right before I logged on. So I’m just doing online school. My teachers back at home are super, super flexible and super great with it, which I’m very grateful for. So, yeah, so got to do school, still got to log on to do some school, which is tough, but it’s, you know, it’s my dream and my goal, so I’m willing to do anything for it.”

Win or lose, what does life look like for you after The Voice?

“For me, this is an insane experience, but for me, it’s just a step in my experience, you know? It’s not like my end all be all. I’m only 17 now and so this is just a step. Granted, it’s a very, very large step, but it is only just a step.

So, you know, after this, I’m just going to continue to write, continue to release music. I really want to release more music because I have some songs out on Spotify. But, you know, I released those when I was 12 years old and I’m 17 now. So it’s a little bit different. I have a little bit of a different sound, a little bit a different writing style.

I’ve gotten better at writing and that kind of stuff. So I’m really excited to release stuff that feels more true to me now and performing. I think this has opened a lot of doors and opportunities for me performing in the future and that’s one of my favorite things to do is perform. And so I definitely after this will be performing a lot, a lot more, maybe not just in Rapid City, maybe, and everywhere else in South Dakota, maybe in other places other than South Dakota, other states other than South Dakota, I don’t know.

I think the opportunities are endless and I’m super grateful for this experience because it really is such a boost, especially now, especially from this point on. You know, no matter how far I make it past this top 16, I think, you know, it’s just it’s going to help me so much. So I’m excited for that. So I first started this process about a year ago.”

How did you decide to audition?

“My dad let me know that there was an open call for The Voice, and I was like, ‘NO’. I was like, ‘Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. I’m not really sure because I had auditioned in the past and it didn’t really go that far. And so I was like, ‘I don’t know. I’m kind of nervous.’

He was like, ‘What’s the hurt? Just go for it.’ So I went for it and about two months later I got the call that I made and was going to get the blind audition. It was so amazing, such an amazing moment, such an amazing feeling. And then a few months later, I was out here in L.A. preparing to film the blinds.

And then I filmed the blinds, and I was like, ‘You know what? If I don’t get a chair, I don’t really care. The fact that I’m here right now is insane to me.’ And then I got three chairs and I was like, ‘You’re kidding. This is so crazy.’ And then moving on, moving on to the battles with Team Gwen was another just insane moment.”

What’s it like being the only contestant from South Dakota?

“It’s super exciting and it’s super exciting for South Dakota. I’m really happy to be representing them here on national television. It’s it’s been great and people have reached out and been like, ‘it’s so amazing that John Legend said South Dakota and was like, oh, my gosh’. And I was like, ‘I know. It’s so crazy.’ So I’m really glad to be that for people. ”

Is there anything else you’d like our audience to know?

“Just don’t forget to vote for me. Download The Voice app, that’s where you can vote. Be watching on Mondays and Tuesdays. Vote for Rowan so I can make it on to the next round. ”

You can see Grace’s performance here, and see photos from her past performances below: