At about the time The Voice was airing its Season 13 battle rounds, Sophia Bollman was jumping from one big stage to another.
She was working the Major League playoffs in Los Angeles, albeit behind the scenes.
You see, her mother Debra is a stenographer who works in the interview room at collegiate and professional sporting events.
Debra Bollman was working for Major League baseball in Los Angeles during the playoffs and trained Sophia to work as her assistant.
Not that Sophia plans to leave singing behind. She punctuated that by concluding this interview with a local TV station by singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
She’s also started posting weekly cover songs to her YouTube channel. She’s back to performing with Detour 91, one of her pre-Voice bands. And she’s tarted a new job at the OC Hit Factory, where she got her start as a performer.
Sophia, from Norco, Calif., was 18 when she auditioned for the show and turned two chairs with her performance of “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson. She received praise from the coaches for her performance of “You’re a Big Girl Now” in the battle round, but Brooke Simpson was declared the winner, ending Sophia’s run on the show.
Here’s what she told Voice Views abut the experience.
Voice Views: The blinds and battles were filmed a while ago. What have you been doing musically since then and what direction are you hoping to go in with your music?
Sophia: Just looking for the right time to release some originals. Played a few gigs with my band Detour91. We have a few gigs coming up. Anaheim Packing District Nov. 18 from 1-3 p.m., Disney’s Downtown Disney Stage on Nov. 25, from 6-10 p.m.
Voice Views: Do you see yourself releasing music anytime soon? If so, with one of the bands or as a solo artist?
Sophia: I plan to release some original music early in 2018, if not sooner.
Voice Views: Other than the friends you met and made while participating in the show, what do you think will stick with you about The Voice experience? Do you think you grew as an artist and, if so, in what way?
Sophia: Wow, I remember calling home one night and saying how strange it was to be surrounded by people who are all so talented. A lot of times, I’m the only one in the room that can sing, and my friends will sing, and it’s like, oh, boy. But when you’re at The Voice, you literally are surrounded by amazingly talented musicians around every corner.
You can’t take away the experience of being on such a mega platform at 18 years old. Seriously one of the coolest things that I’ve done so far. Makes me realize how much I still have to learn and grow to step up to the next level. I’m ready for that next level!
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