During “The Voice’s” Blind Rounds, Kaleigh Glanton received a four chair turn for her version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You You Ever Seen The Rain.” It was an inspired performance, as Glanton proved she could take a well known track and through her own vocal stylings, make it her own.
During our brief chat, the Wichita, Kansas native talked about having Blake Shelton as her coach and having the unconditional support of her friends and family. She also expressed her dreams of one day opening up her own Crossfit gym! To follow Kaleigh Glanton on Twitter, go to @KaleighGlanton.
What have you learned with your experience with Blake Shelton?
I was expecting to be super star struck and nervous, but when I got into the room with him, I kind of forgot how famous he was. I don’t know if I’d call him a father figure, but more like a buddy. He’s just super welcoming and humble and a huge inspiration for me and who I want to be as an artist. All the advice he gives to us, I take it very seriously.
We have a lot in common. I don’t think that he necessarily knows the whole theory side behind music. I don’t either. I just sing and I don’t really know what I’m doing. I just know that I can do it. You don’t have to know the reasons why you put notes here and there, you don’t have to know that. It’s very nice to know that he’s the same way and he’s made it so far and I have the potential to make it that far too. Just to have that in common is good for me with my confidence. Having Blake as a coach, he’s really built my confidence up tremendously. He’s just a huge inspiration for me – not just as a musician but as a person in general.
So I checked out your Twitter page and you’re a crossfit and longboarding enthusiast?
(laughs) I literally bought my first longboard yesterday. So trust me, it’s going to be important here in the next few days. Crossfit is almost half of my life. It has been for about a year and a half. I do it every day. All of my friends have been coming over every day after work and doing a workout with me. One of my dreams is to open up a Crossfit gym in the future. Not for money, but to help people lead a healthier life. That’s just one of my passions. So yeah (with) Crossfit, I couldn’t go back to normal working out ever again. It’s almost as important to me as music.
How important has your friends and family been through this experience?
Oh goodness, they have been so amazing. They’ve been so supportive and a lot of them have been going to my shows. My friends, ever since this has happened, I was worried that they would maybe start treating me differently. But they’ve been the type of friends that they know I go most days talking about “The Voice” and stuff like that. By the time the evening comes, I just want to relax and just be Kaleigh and have a good time. I can’t ask for better friends and family. They’re my #1 supporters and I love them all so much. They keep me sane, that’s for sure.
Another installment of “The Voice” airs tonight on NBC (8 pm et/pt).