Troy Ramey admits he was hesitant to audition for NBC’s The Voice simply because not being in control of the music wasn’t something he was used to. Looking back now, he’s grateful he took the chance.
“Not having the ability to call the shots is an obvious sacrifice you have to make when you go on the show,” he said. “But I’m really happy that I did and I wouldn’t change anything.”
The Sea Cliff resident enjoyed quite a run making it to the Top 12 on Gwen Stefani’s team. After getting eliminated in April, Ramey returned to Long Island with newfound fame and an even stronger desire to get right back to working on his music.
“People are flocking to me and interested to find out who I really am and that’s all I ever wanted from the show,” he said. “The Voice is such an incredible platform to have as an artist but it’s not the end of the world.”
The singer spoke to Pulse about his time on the show and what’s next for him before his four New York shows—Pianos in Manhattan (June 1), The Bitter End in Manhattan (June 23), Amityville Music Hall (June 25) and Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall (July 28).
How does it feel being back in New York?
It was kind of emotional leaving the show just because of all the incredible amount of positivity and love and support that I was feeling from everywhere. On the plane ride home, people would recognize me and congratulate me. When I got back home to Long Island, people were just showering me with love. It’s incredible.
What does that feel like having all these strangers recognizing you now?
[Laughs] It feels pretty good. It’s kind of shocking at first because it’s not something I’ve ever been used to…I guess I kind of underestimated how many people watch the show and I feel like everywhere I go now people are recognizing me and coming up to me…It’s been pretty awesome.
Looking back now, how was the overall experience of being on the show?
It was the best decision I ever made. I was a little bit hesitant to do the show in the first place because I didn’t know how it would come across due to the fact that I’m a songwriter. I’ve been working so hard to get known for my own songs and the show is not about that; it’s about singing covers. But I think that I was really able to be myself and be original on the show. Looking back at it, I think it was the best thing to do because it shined a light on me, a big spotlight, that I could have never achieved in such a short amount of time…Millions of people watched the show and so many people connected with me because of it and discovered who I am as an artist.
Last time we spoke, you said working with Gwen was a dream come true for you because you were always a fan. What was the biggest lesson you learned from working with her?
The biggest thing that I learned from working with Gwen was that it is more important than anything else to just be myself and to not compromise who I am as an artist. There’s something special about having an identity as a singer. Fortunately, through all the years of working on this, I’ve been able to really understand who I am. Because of that, the way that I deliver songs and the way that I sing, Gwen was able to feel that as well from the very first minute that I met her.
Throughout the course of working with her, she did have her own opinions on how I should approach songs but ultimately what it came down to was whether or not I’m going to be true to myself and therefore make a song believable to somebody else…I think I was really able to continue to be myself in every single round of this whole show and I’m really proud of that. And although Gwen and I disagreed one certain ways to approach songs, she always was happy with me at the end of the day and that’s because I was true to who I am.
Have you spoken to her at all since you left the show?
No I haven’t unfortunately. But she has been following me on Instagram and I can see that she’s keeping track of me. I did speak to her the night that I left and she gave me a hug and congratulated me on my success on the show.
What’s next for you?
I’m planning on releasing some new music as soon as I’m able. I have some stuff that I think is the best music I’ve done to this point and obviously what goes along with that is just playing a lot of shows. We are in the process of setting up a tour right now. And I’m going to be teaming up with one of my friends from the show, Johnny Gates, who was also on Team Gwen. We are going to be doing a bunch of shows together.
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What can fans expect from these shows?
They can expect to hear some great music [laughs]. It’s going to be a great energy in there. The songs that I sing are about things that a lot of people can relate to. I’ve always hoped to take people on a ride, an emotional roller coaster, at my shows…It’s a lot different than The Voice. On The Voice, you get up there, you get two minutes and you don’t really have a chance to say anything. But I always have a great time at my shows because I’m kind of a clown…and I try to make people laugh and have a good time…It was difficult to let people in on that side of me on TV because you just don’t have enough of time.