“‘The Voice’ gave me the affirmation that I needed to keep pursuing music. I was about to give up. The show was my second chance at music and I will forever be grateful.”
Phoenix-based alt-country singer-songwriter Whitney Fenimore will be releasing her new EP Battle Within on May 18th. Fenimore’s journey to this point has been quite the ride. She is best known for participating in season 13 of NBC’s Emmy-award winning show ‘The Voice’ — her groundbreaking audition featuring her own personal rendition of Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” won her a spot on Adam Levine’s team and has now amassed almost 1 million views on YouTube.
The 28-year old musician has now moved on from the show and is focusing on her new music, including the release of her first new single “Find Your Love”. The follow-up “Stones”, was just premiered on May 4th.
Fenimore, also a published songwriter with Sleeping Giant Music Group headed by Grammy-award winning producer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat, Lynyrd Skynyrd), is fresh off a series of dates at SXSW 2018 in Austin, TX, a one-off show in LA at Hotel Cafe, and a hometown show in Tempe, Arizona, and now ready to share her most personal work to date.
How do you describe and explain your journey to this point? From the time the Voice ended to your new release of ‘Battle Within’
I’ve been pursuing music now for about 10 years. I moved to LA for a few years when I was 23 and got overwhelmed with the city so I moved back home for a little. During the time being at home I got an email about auditioning for The Voice. I didn’t know that that email would essentially change my life. The Voice gave me the affirmation that I needed to keep pursuing music. I was about to give up honestly.
What have been some of the highs/lows in that time period?
Pursuing any dream comes with a lot of ups and downs, but especially when pursuing music. I’ve heard a lot of “NOs” in my day and finally heard a couple “YES’s” before and after The Voice. Sometimes you get so used to hearing people say no that the yeses are so shocking. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be on The Voice and I know that since the show, it has opened a lot of doors for me that I don’t think I could’ve opened previously. Specific high/low during The Voice would be missing my family and friends while filming. The high would be working with Adam Levine of course 🙂
Battle Within is a very strong and deep title — can you take us inside the meaning and themes throughout the record?
Battle Within was actually written a few years back about a break up. It was EXACTLY what I was feeling at the time. I’m pretty sure I was crying while writing it. I was so heart broken. Each song off this EP is something I’ve gone through over these past few years. Some songs were written months ago and some a couple years ago, but they all tie in together. We all go through tough times, but hopefully come out on the other side being a stronger person. That’s what this EP is about.
How did The Voice influence or inspire this record? What did your experience on the show mean to you and your career?
I think The Voice just really kicked my ass into high gear to make new music. I hadn’t put out anything since 2014 really and it was time to release some new tracks. Time to get back in the saddle, haha. The show to me was my second chance at music and I will forever be grateful. It helped me in so many ways. It helped me musically and also just with my confidence as a performer and songwriter.
Are you still have contact with Adam Levine?
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to the release of this EP! I’m also so excited to play these songs live for people!
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