Exclusive: Ellie Lawrence Talks ‘The Voice’ & Gwen Stefani Bonding

The Voice - Season 9


Though she grew up in the small town of Crandall, Georgia (pop. 300), no moment on The Voice has been too big for Ellie LawrenceHer compelling rendition of Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” received a three chair turn (Blake Shelton, what were you thinking???), and her subtle self confidence and unique flair makes her a perfect member for Team Gwen.

Lawrence’s success continued through the battle rounds, as she and Tim Atlas brought a ton of heat (and a smattering of chemistry) with their performance of “Sweater Weather.” Coach Gwen Stefani kept Lawrence on her team, and thankfully Atlas was stolen and is now part of Team Pharrell.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ellie Lawrence earlier this morning, and during our chat she talked about being positively shaped by her hometown, bonding with Gwen Stefani, and trying her best to live in the moment during all this wonderful Voice madness.

“My town has not only shaped me as an artist, but it has also shaped me as a woman . . . ” said Lawrence. “I was able to grow up and completely be 100% me.”

Here’s the breakdown of the interview:

0:00-:30: Being interviewed by the press
:31-1:30:  On working with Gwen Stefani
1:31-3:04 :  Working with a vocal coach on “The Voice” and learning how to be composed on stage.
3:05 – 4:20:  Growing Up in Crandall, Georgia
4:21 – 5:20:  Being influenced by Florence + The Machine & Taking Back Sunday.
5:21 – 6:11: How “The Voice” has opened her eyes as an artist
6:12 – 7:41 : On getting feedback from “The Voice” coaches and seeing herself on TV (my favorite quote from Lawrence: “I didn’t look as stupid as I thought I was going to”)

Catch The Voice Monday (8 pm et/pt) and Tuesday (9 pm et/pt) evenings on NBC.

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