Interview: ‘The Voice’ winner Brynn Cartelli on her favorite performances, important lessons and what to expect next
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Season 14 of “The Voice” wrapped things up on Tuesday, May 22, crowning the youngest winner in the show’s history. Fourteen seemed to be a lucky number for Brynn Cartelli as that was also the age she was when she first auditioned to be on the hit NBC series. Now 15 and this season’s newest star, Cartelli has proven, alongside “Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson, her talent reaches far beyond her years – even Adam Levine would agree.

“Everyone in the Top 11 is like an older sibling to me. It’s intimidating but at the same time it’s such an honor that I get to start my career with something like ‘The Voice,’” Cartelli told AXS earlier in the season. On the heels of her win, we reunited with the young artist to catch up on all the latest.

AXS: What was the first thing that went through your head when you heard your name announced?

Brynn Cartelli: Man, when I first heard my name, I didn’t even believe it. I was in such shock, it was so crazy.

AXS: You’re the youngest winner ever, what does that mean to you?

BC: It’s incredible that my fans and everyone who supported me got me to the end. I’m so thankful for every single person that voted, that bought the song once; It’s been a wild ride.

AXS: Out of all of your performances this season, which was your favorite?

BC: I think my favorite performance that I did was probably “Fix You.” That’s where I got to connect with everyone. Because everyone’s gone through something; whether it’s been big and impactful on their life, or whether it’s something small that hurt them just a little bit, “Fix You” is really something anyone can understand and everyone can relate to. I think it’s such a beautiful song. I just love singing it. It was really emotional.

AXS: Was there a performance by another contestant that really wowed you this season?

BC: Oh, all of them.

AXS: Anything that really had your heart? Or a moment that really stood out to you?

BC: When Britton did “Good Lovin’” that was the coolest thing ever. I loved that.

AXS: What would you say being on a show like this has taught you?

BC: I walked in not really sure who I was as an artist, now I’m completely aware of where I want to go, what I want to do, how I want to sound and everything that I want. I feel so lucky to know this and I’m so excited for the future.

AXS: Getting to work with Kelly must have been incredible. What would you say were some of your fondest memories of working with her?

BC: She’s just so fun. If this was last week and we were in a rehearsal right now, even if I was exhausted, she’d be there supporting me. She’s so happy all the time and it’s so genuine. She’s real. She knows what she likes, she knows what she doesn’t like; she’s just such a cool person.

AXS: What do you think you’re going to miss most about your time on the show?

BC: One of the things I’m going to miss the most is living in the same hotel as a bunch of people who are ridiculously talented and speak the same language as me. You don’t find that anywhere else. I could walk up to anyone and start talking about music when they were all here; everyone cares about everyone. If you’re talking to actual musicians, it’s something different, it’s really special. I’m going to miss that a lot.

AXS: What advice can you offer other artists in the coming seasons?

BC: I feel like no matter where you are in your career, just go for it. I mean, I was in the beginning of my career. I just came in with a guitar and sang a little bit and they went, “cool.” I did not realize how much that would change things, but I’m so excited for it. Anyone who comes in needs to know they have an equal shot. Everyone’s there for a reason. At the end of the day, it’s one winner and everyone is putting their heart out there. It’s incredible to watch it all go down because everybody in the show is a family. It’s so special. If anyone is considering or on the fence, they should do it.

AXS: So, what’s your next move? What are you going to do first?

BC: I want to get home and get settled first. Then I have to finish out my school year. In the midst of that, Kelly and I have some really fun things planned for the summer. I just sent her a message about all these ideas I had for my own music. It makes me so excited.

AXS: What can fans expect to see from you in the future? Where do you hope to go?

BC: I want to make music for a really long time. I want to continue to change up what I do; because I love a lot of different genres. My main is dark pop/soul. I love that genre and I feel like I can do something in it. I have all these ideas and I love to write music. When I go home, I know I’m going to be writing a lot.

AXS: Do you have any dream collaborations you want to make happen?

BC: Yes. Tori Kelly, Allen Stone, JP Cooper; there’s a lot. I really want to sing with Coldplay now.

AXS: Is there anything you want to leave the readers who have been watching you and supporting you through this whole journey?

BC: I just want to say thank you to everyone. I’m so appreciative. Even though the show’s over, I want them to remember who I am and have my music - and get ready to buy it when it’s available, because I can’t wait to make it for them.