The Voice Season 3 Contestant Emily Earle Talks Performing in the New York Subways: “One Guy Spit on Me!”
Last night on The Voice Season 3 blind auditions, we were briefly introduced to country singer Emily Earle in a three-contestant montage. And since we didn’t really get the chance to get to know this young hopeful, Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with the Team Cee Lo singer today.
We’re not quite sure why NBC cut her audition clip short, because this Colorado Springs native has had quite the interesting journey. After attending school in Boston, Emily moved to New York City, and in order to make rent and ends meet, she began performing on the subways.
“Once I got it down to a science, I was able to only do it three or four times a week, and I was able to eat and pay rent and pay off loans,” Emily said.
That’s pretty impressive, especially with the cost of New York real estate! But it wasn’t all fun and games underground.
“When winter hits it gets really cold underground, so your hands would get so cold that hours after you played they’d still burn,” she revealed. “I had one guy spit on me. One time I had a guy that he had his pants open, and that was really uncomfortable, but for the most part, New York’s great and people would protect me.”
And if you tuned into last night’s episode, you know that Emily looks far from homeless, but she was the victim of one particularly stereotypical “fan.”
“One time there was a woman and she had a little girl who maybe was 4 years old and the girl turned to her mom and said ‘Mom, can have I have a dollar? I want to give it to the singer.’ And the mother goes ‘Honey, never give money to homeless people, even those that sing well,’” Emily recalls.
Well now that Emily’s on Team Cee Lo, that judgemental mom probably has her foot in her mouth. If you want to listen to Emily’s blind audition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” download it now on iTunes!
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Rachel McRady is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @rachelmcrady.