'The Voice' is just the beginning, says Jozy Hansen
Jozy Hansen used to get stage fright like anyone else. But she was ready for the spotlight as she walked out onto the stage of NBC's "The Voice" in a rose-pattern dress, her family cheering offstage and millions watching. "It was an out-of-body e...
Jozy Hansen used to get stage fright like anyone else.
But she was ready for the spotlight as she walked out onto the stage of NBC's "The Voice" in a rose-pattern dress, her family cheering offstage and millions watching.
"It was an out-of-body experience," she said. "I've dreamt of that moment. I've dreamt of being on that stage.
"At the blind audition, I just hear myself thinking, 'You can do it. You can remember the words. Just keep singing.' "
She was the last one to sing during the blind auditions, wondering if she would get a spot. As she belted out a long note during her rendition of "American Woman," rock star Adam Levine pressed his button to turn his chair.
"I just thought in my mind, 'I just made "The Voice." ' ... "But I had to keep singing."
Pop icon Gwen Stefani then pressed her button at the end of the song. Hansen, crying tears of joy, was living her dream.
"It was crazy. It was the coolest moment of my life," she said. "You can't even dream of this stuff."
The Grand Forks native, known as Jozy Bernadette to "Voice" viewers, became a local celebrity, with two of the show's stars vying for her talent and telling her she had an incredible voice. She went with Stefani's team.
Though she didn't make it past the battle round, when she sang "Angel Eyes" against Troy Ramey, she saw the end of her run on the show as the beginning of her career.
"I think the validation that I received on 'The Voice' is exactly what I needed to prompt me to pursue this even harder," she said, adding she got to sing with Celine Dion while she was coached on the show. "Just to have someone of that caliber say nice things and talk about my range and my tone, what else do you need?"
'Can't stop now'
Hansen said she's been singing since before she can remember, or at least that's what her family tells her. She remembers an opera singer telling her she had a presence on stage when she was only 8 or 9 years old. Teachers and friends also gave her encouragement.
Others encouraged her to try out for TV talent shows.
"My Grandma Helen would call me every time 'The Voice' would air and she would say, 'Why aren't you on there?' " she said.
She had just moved in June to Minneapolis when she heard "The Voice" was holding auditions.
"It was freaky timing," she said, adding it felt like it was meant to be.
Out of the thousands of people who auditioned or sent in videos, she received a ticket to the show. Though she didn't get very far, she was grateful for the opportunity, adding Stefani was very motherly and kind.
The plan is to start writing her own music, head to Nashville, Tenn., to network and tour around the region. She is looking for band members.
"I can't stop now," she said.
She is thankful for her fans and is surprised how many people have been rooting for her. She said she's received letters from around the world.
"Somebody from Egypt wrote me," she said. "They said they were deployed and that they had 'American Woman' blasting."
As for getting a gig with one of the stars of "The Voice," she felt it was too short of a time to click with Stefani, but anything is possible.
"If she wants me, heck yes," Hansen said. "I would die to go on tour with her if she wants me."
On the web:
Check out Hansen's website at www.jozybernadette.com for tour dates. You can also follow her on Instagram at jozybernadette and Twitter @realjozyb.