News Roundup: June 2, 2014

The Voice

It’s only been about two weeks since Josh Kaufman was named champ of The Voice Season 6, but the show’s coaches and alumni are already making offseason moves. We’ve compiled the notable happenings for you below in this first June edition of our The Voice news roundup.

Adam Levine’s Feature Film Debut Is Almost Here

We’re just a few weeks away from seeing coach Adam Levine make his acting debut. Begin Again, in which Adam plays musician Dave Kohl, has its limited release Friday, June 27 and then expands everywhere on July 11.

The cast also includes Keira Knightley as Dave’s jilted girlfriend, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) as a music producer, and coach Cee Lo Green as…well, he seems pretty much like a fictionalized version of Cee Lo Green.

You can check out the new trailer for Begin Again below. It includes Adam singing a new track, “Lost Stars,” which we assume will be included on the movie soundtrack that Adam’s own 222 Records is releasing at the beginning of July. You can pre-order your copy now.

Jake Barker Has A New EP

Fresh off being spontaneously added to The Voice Tour, Season 6 alumni Jake Barker – pictured at the top of this article, and probably best known for taking on Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved” before being eliminated in the first round of playoffs – has released a new EP. You can download the four-song Stage Fright on iTunes now.

James Wolpert’s Kickstarter Comes To An End

Team Adam’s James Wolpert was one step shy of making it to the Season 5 finals; he’s been working hard to parlay his exposure into the funds needed to release new music. James’s Kickstarter is almost over, but you still have time to donate and help him reach his goal.

As of Sunday night, when we went to press, James was less than $3,000 shy of his $25,000 target. His campaign ends tomorrow, June 3, just before 9 PM PST. To get more information or to donate, go directly to his Kickstarter page (kickstarter.com/projects/584074878/james-wolpert-makes-a-record).

Casey Weston’s Recent Music Video

Season 1 semifinalist Casey Weston recently dropped a new music video, “Back To The Start.” Take a look at it below.

New Tour Dates For Tony Lucca

One of the busiest alumni is Season 2 finalist Tony Lucca, who’s almost always on the road somewhere. This summer, he’s touring with both Tyler Hilton and Tonic’s Emerson Hart.

Tony and Tyler take to the road beginning July 8 in Louisville, KY and they wrap up July 22 in Nashville, TN. Then in August, Tony jets over to the West Coast to join Emerson for a short stint that runs from August 2 in Phoenix, AZ to August 9 in Seattle, WA. For all the tour dates and locations, hit up his website (tonylucca.com).

If you’re on either coast, these are great opportunities to check Tony out live – we’ve been to several of his shows, and he never, ever disappoints.

Blake Shelton Has A Pizza

You’ve probably seen the billion commercials for this, but it’s just too amusing not to mention. Blake Shelton has teamed up with Pizza Hut, and they’ve given him his own “Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ” pizza – which consists of bacon, ham, and pork covered with honey barbeque sauce. We think it should’ve come with a special latte.

The Voice season 7 will begin airing on NBC this fall; The Voice Tour launches in San Antonio, Texas later this month. For more updates on artists after the show, visit our sister site Big Red Chairs (bigredchairs.com) and follow it on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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News Roundup: May 14, 2014

The Voice

Just in time to promote their new singles – and the recently announced The Voice tour – the three finalists from Season 5 of the hit NBC show came back to its stage this week. BFTV caught up with Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin on Monday, and we’ve included the video of their performances as well as that of Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin in case you missed them. The songs are available on iTunes as well.

Jacquie spoke with us about being reunited with Tessanne and Will for the tour, which begins next month in San Antonio, Texas. “I’ve seen Tess and Will since [the end of Season 5],” she said, “and then I met Dia for the first time the other day…Dia is amazing. We’re both nerds. We get along really well and we’re going to have so much fun on tour. She’s already like a big sister kind of figure.”

About her new single, “It’s my first song that I’m ever releasing,” she told us. “We’ve been working hard on it…I worked my butt off after The Voice, and I’m coming back as a new artist, away from the show as my own person, so it’s a really cool feeling…I’m really honored to be singing it on The Voice stage where it all started.”

What’s been the coolest thing that’s happened to Jacquie since The Voice? “Ed [Sheeran]. Ed followed me on Twitter,” she laughed, but then teased, “I have some exciting news – just keep an ear open. You should just be hearing a lot from me really soon.”

Here’s Jacquie performing “Broken Ones,” which amusingly is just one word off the title of Dia Frampton’s first post-show single, that was called “The Broken Ones.”

Will Champlin was the third-place finisher in Season 5, and we asked him if there’s any one Season 6 artist that he would like to see take home the title – and therefore a guaranteed place alongside him on tour. “I don’t know. It’s hard to say and hard to speculate at this point,” he said. “It’s anybody’s game. I think they’re all talented and I know what it’s like to be in their position.”

Has his career after The Voice gotten the boost he hoped it would? “Yeah,” he told us. “I just know that it set me into a state of priority to work on the music that’s going to work for me as an artist. I’ve been just putting my nose to the grinder in the studio and trying to get this album done before the tour comes out and just try to drive it home.”

Will released his first single “Last Man Standing” a few months ago, and “Eye of the Pyramid” is setting a benchmark for him, too. “it’s going to radio without a label,” he told us, “which is another very cool thing.” That’s extremely cool, although we hope somebody wises up and signs this tremendously talented artist soon.

Here’s Will performing “Eye of the Pyramid.”

Tessanne was unavailable to join us for an interview, but here’s her performance of “Everything Reminds Me Of You.” According to her comments on Tuesday night, her post-Voice album will be available in June.

Thanks to the results of Tuesday night’s semifinal eliminations show, we now know that The Voice Tour will include Tessanne, Jacquie, Will, Season 1’s Dia Frampton, and Season 6’s Christina Grimmie, Josh Kaufman and Jake Worthington.

The seventh and final spot will go to one artist also from Season 6 – either Audra McLaughlin (Team Blake), Delvin Choice (Team Adam), Kat Perkins (Team Adam), Kristin Merlin (Team Shakira) or Sisaundra Lewis (Team Blake) – who receives the most Twitter votes. You can vote at the tour website (nbcthevoicetour.com/pick). Tickets for the tour are on sale now through Ticketmaster, so don’t wait!

In other news that you didn’t see televised on Tuesday, Team Adam has been busy. Fresh off his successful Kickstarter, Season 2’s Tony Lucca will be playing select West Coast tour dates this fall with Tonic’s Emerson Hart, including Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles; you can find more information at his website (tonylucca.com).

Season 1’s Casey Weston also released a new music video, “Back To The Start,” which we’ve included below for you to watch.

And if you’ve missed any of our recent The Voice alumni interviews, we’ve included some links to the last couple of them here: Nicole Nelson (Season 3), Nicholas David (Season 3), Caroline Glaser (Season 4), Kat Robichaud (Season 5).

The Voice finishes Season 6 this week and Season 7 will begin this fall.

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Tony Lucca Launches Kickstarter For New Album

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One of the most talented musicians we’ve ever seen (who also happens to be one of the best people we’ve ever known, too) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new full-length studio album. Tony Lucca, who you probably know from being Team Adam’s finalist on Season 2 of The Voice, went live with his Kickstarter Wednesday morning.

If it succeeds, he’ll be the latest in a line of Voice alumni that have funded albums through the platform, including fellow Season 2 Team Adam members Pip and Katrina Parker.

Having been writing and recording pretty steadily since he left the reality TV world, Tony has put out two strong EPs over the last two years. His first, With The Whole World Watching, was under a deal with Voice coach Adam Levine’s 222 Records label and contained the single “Never Gonna Let You Go,” which he performed on the show last year. That partnership has amicably ended, and so Tony’s returning to his independent roots to release what will be his eighth studio album.

He also just released the acoustic EP Drawing Board on March 18, and – maintaining his status as one of the hardest-working men in music – is currently playing yet another tour, this one with Tyler Hilton. He previously embarked upon the ‘Keys, Strings and Band of Kings Tour’ with Brendan James and appearances by Season 1 Voice finalist Vicci Martinez, and he’s played plenty of solo shows across the country, too.

Tony never stops working hard to bring his fans the best music and live shows that he possibly can, so it’s kind of fitting that we now have the opportunity to give something back to him.

You can pledge to the Kickstarter effort by visiting bit.ly/LuccaKS. For more on Tony Lucca, check out his official website (tonylucca.com) and follow him on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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Tony Lucca Returns With ‘Drawing Board’ EP

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Less than a year after making a splash with his With The Whole World Watching EP, Tony Lucca is back with a new acoustic record, Drawing Board.

The five-song EP features the title track as well as the songs “All My Friends,” “Nashville,” “Los Angeles (In The Rear View)” and “My Love.” For those of you who somehow still haven’t heard him outside of Season 2 of The Voice, the album is typical Tony Lucca material: soulful, simple music that’s honest and without an ounce of pretention. Especially when listened to in conjunction with Whole World WatchingDrawing Board gives a sense of how much a true craftsman Lucca is. He puts together beautiful, meaningful music with just a guitar, hard work, and a whole lot of heart.

The record is reminiscent of Lucca’s Voice colleague and one-time tour partner Justin Hopkins’ 2012 acoustic release This Could Happen Anywhere, in that the decision to go acoustic allows the listener to even better appreciate the purity of Lucca’s vocals. Always perfectly understandable and heartfelt, he’s got one of the best voices in the music business.

Lucca is currently on the road playing select dates with Honor by August, and remains at work on a full-length album that will be his first release under his deal with Voice coach Adam Levine’s 222 Records. Last fall, he co-headlined the ‘Keys, Strings and Band of Kings’ tour with Brendan James, and also performed at halftime during the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day game in his native Detroit. We checked in with him during a West Coast tour stop in October; that interview can be found here.

You can download Drawing Board now on iTunes. For more on Tony Lucca, visit his website (tonylucca.com) and follow him on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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News Roundup: December 5, 2013

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This week’s The Voice news roundup is fitting for the holidays. We’ve got talk of cooking, a lot of giving, quite a few happy returns by some of your favorite artists, and even Santa Claus. Here’s the latest news and notes from around The Voice universe:

When Carson Daly asked Blake Shelton and Adam Levine if they were cooking for Thanksgiving, we might’ve floated the idea of a Blake and Adam cooking show. And after you favorited and retweeted that on Twitter, we might’ve asked Blake about it. His response was typical hilarious Blake Shelton.

“If you want to make a cooking show that involves two guys that make sandwiches,” he quipped, “and slice-and-bake cookies, or Cheez-Its, or Doritos with spinach and artichoke dip that you buy from Ralphs, you might have something on your hands.”

We’re going to take a wild guess here and say Blake won’t be responsible for Christmas dinner.

Several Voice artists are hard at work doing good deeds this holiday season. Both Season 2 finalist Tony Lucca and Season 3 finalist Nicholas David are involved with charitable efforts right now. As previously mentioned in our last interview with him, Tony is currently in Guatemala with his organization The MILE (Music Is Love Exchange). You can visit his Facebook page to check out Tony’s photos and updates from his trip.

Tony also performed during the halftime show of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. He was fantastic, of course, but apparently he also inspired some of the NFL on FOX commentating team to sing “Never Gonna Let You Go.” Check out the hilarious video below.

Nicholas is also helping out internationally; he headed to Mexico with the folks from Smile Network. The folks at KTSP in Minneapolis have posted some video of Nicholas’s trip on their website. We want to give our thanks to Tony and Nicholas for being great guys who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Award of the week goes to Season 2’s Nicolle Galyon, who’s got herself a number-one hit. Nicolle was one of the writers on Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s duet “We Were Us,” and this tweet from Nicolle on November 24 shows the song reached the top of the country charts. Congratulations!

Some old friends are coming back to the Voice stage for the holidays. After welcoming back Season 1 semifinalist Xenia this past Tuesday, NBC is rolling out the red carpet for two winners and some finalists during next Tuesday’s show. Season 3 champ Cassadee Pope, Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery, and Season 4 runners-up Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers are all scheduled to perform during the live semifinal eliminations show on December 10. All will be bringing new singles.

If you’ve lost track of where they all ended up, Cassadee and Danielle are both signed to Big Machine Records and have released albums this year – the latter’s self-titled debut record just arrived last month – while The Swon Brothers are now recording for Arista Nashville. No information was given on if Michelle has a deal with any label, but we’d hope somebody snapped her up following her second-place finish.

And last but certainly not least, Warner Brothers Television – the studio that produces The Voice – is teaming up with the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills to offer Southern California fans a unique Christmas experience. For the next three weekends – December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 – from 11 AM to 5 PM, you can visit the Paley Center and take your pictures with Santa Claus in one of The Voice‘s signature big red chairs. It’s essentially a holiday spin-off of the nationwide Chair Tour that happened awhile back. Click here for all the info you’ll need to plan your visit to the Paley Center.

For more on all things related to The Voice, be sure to check out BFTV’s sister site Big Red Chairs and follow us on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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News Roundup: November 7, 2013

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News and notes from around The Voice universe:

Congratulations are in order for coach Blake Shelton, whose album Based on a True Story won Album of the Year at Wednesday night’s Country Music Awards. Blake also nabbed his fourth straight Male Vocalist of the Year trophy. His wife (and one-time Voice advisor) Miranda Lambert was named Female Vocalist of the Year for her fourth straight victory.

We also want to give a shoutout to an extended member of the Voice family: Rodney Clawson, the husband of Team Adam’s Nicolle Galyon (from Season 2), was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2013 BMI Country Awards on Tuesday.

Season 3 runner-up Terry McDermott (Team Blake) has been a really busy dude since leaving the show. Firstly, he and fellow alum Cody Belew have been sighted stepping in to partially fill Christina Milian’s social media correspondent shoes. Terry can be seen interviewing the Season 5 artists after their battle rounds in exclusive videos on Sprint’s new The Voice Unlimited Access minisite (you’ll have to set the filter to “Sprint Exclusives” and scroll back to find them). Our thanks to reader Mariah Skye for pointing out these great videos!

Terry also released his next single, “Lose This Feeling,” on Halloween. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you can snag it off of iTunes by clicking here.

Lastly, we accidentally revealed this before it was official (whoops), but now we can officially say it: Season 2 finalist (and one of our favorite folks!) Tony Lucca has joined up with the National Football League for a pair of high-profile gigs. He’ll be playing during the halftime show of this year’s Thanksgiving Day game, which features Tony’s hometown Detroit Lions. He’ll also be taping some material for the NFL’s Play60 campaign, which encourages kids to get outside and play for at least 60 minutes a day.

For more on what Tony’s doing currently, you can click over to our recent interview with him, conducted during his recent West Coast tour. He’s currently on the road with Brendan James and support from Season 1’s Vicci Martinez.

In other new music, Team Cee Lo’s Justin Hopkins (Season 2) has released a new single, “One Heart” featuring Bryan G, to benefit Stop Hunger Now. It’s a great song by a great guy for a great cause. Click here to download it now.

For more on all things related to The Voice, be sure to check out BFTV’s sister site Big Red Chairs and follow us on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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Artist Update: Tony Lucca

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It’s been a productive year for Tony Lucca. Since the last time we saw him on The Voice, he’s released his fantastic EP With The Whole World Watching, and traveled across the country bringing new music to his fans. Tonight, he’ll be visiting Last Call with Carson Daly. BFTV caught up with Tony before his recent West Coast tour to get his thoughts on how everything’s been going so far.

Just exactly how much time on the road has he logged of recent? “I spent the first part of the year in the studio working on the EP and waiting for that to come out,” he explained. “The tour kicked off back in August, and then we followed that up with [the] Honda Civic [Tour].”

That meant opening on select dates for Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5, which of course is fronted by Tony’s former Voice coach, Adam Levine. “It was amazing. But the word bittersweet kind of comes to mind, simply in that we only got six shows. I’m not complaining, but when it’s that much fun, you certainly wish you had more shows,” Tony said of the experience. “I would’ve loved to have played the Hollywood Bowl. That’s a dream of mine. Being the first of three is tough, but we certainly made the most of it. We had a really great time out there.”

Now he’s back to his own touring endeavors. Starting tomorrow in New York, Tony joins his friend Brendan James for what they’re calling the ‘Keys, Strings and Band of Kings’ tour, that will run through mid-November. “We’re doing like a co-headlining thing,” he told us. “We’re kind of just going to turn it into one big show, as opposed to him opening for me and me opening for him. We largely have separate audiences, and instead of running that risk of one of us playing to the other’s fans or not, we’re just going to meld our show into one thing.

“His band and my band are going to join forces,” he continued. “He and I are going to share the front stage and tag team songs. Strip it down to him and his band, me and my band, just him, just me and build it back up. Make a production of it. An actual, proper, dynamic show.” You can find all the tour dates and get tickets to the shows by clicking here.

As we previously reported, joining Tony and Brendan on tour will be another Voice finalist, Team Cee Lo’s Vicci Martinez. “We knew we wanted a female opener, and we were throwing around some names. We were talking about Lindsey Pavao at one point,” said Tony. “Turns out my manager and Vicci’s manager are old chums, and it came up in conversation.”

With the EP giving him plenty of material to draw on, there’s less need to draw from his Voice selections on this tour than there has been previously, though he’s not eschewed them entirely. “We’re still kind of bridging that,” he explained. “We’re not doing all the songs from the show. Depending on the crowd, the night, the length of our set, we might play ‘Trouble’ and the Britney [Spears] song. We’ve been closing out with ’99 Problems’ still, because it’s just a fun way to end the show.”

It’s not just touring that Tony has to look forward to. In addition to his Last Call appearance, he’s enjoying the continued success of lead single “Never Gonna Let You Go,” which is doing well on the airwaves. “It’s kind of like, surprisingly, a last-minute little engine that could at radio,” Tony revealed. “The single’s kind of creeping up the Hot AC chart.” And to that end, he’s logging some radio touring time on behalf of the track, which also now has an official music video that you can check out below.

He’s also continuing his tradition of contributing to the greater good. His charity The M.I.L.E. (Music Is Love Exchange) is planning a trip to Guatemala in the first week of December to help the less fortunate in that country.

“There’s so much that can be done here, but people love the idea of getting away, doing it with their favorite artist,” Tony explained. “So me and my buddy Michael Pearsall from Honor by August, we are the music portion of this trip. We do like nightly house concerts for the people traveling with us, and then by day we play for the kids at the school and the hospital.”

It amounts to a great group of people getting together for a good cause. If you want to join Tony in his charitable efforts, you can find out more about The M.I.L.E. and how you can get involved by visiting the website here.

So he’s touring, putting together new music – a full album is in the works (“I’m supposed to get back in December and January to do some more recording,” he told us), promoting his lead single at radio, making TV appearances, and taking time to make the world a better place. All that on top of being a devoted family man, friend, and generally awesome human being. As far as Voice alumni go, there’s no doubt that Tony Lucca is one of our best.

Don’t miss Tony Lucca on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly tonight (check your local listings for specific airtime). To get your tickets for his current tour, or for more information, make sure you visit his official website (tonylucca.com) and follow him on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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News Roundup: September 26, 2013

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There’s a lot more happening than just the Season 5 premiere! News and notes from around The Voice universe:

The show won its first Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Competition Program on Sunday night in Los Angeles. It had been previously nominated in the same category last year, but lost to CBS’s The Amazing Race.

In addition to its category victory, The Voice took home a trophy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series, and earned nominations for Outstanding Art Direction For Variety or Non-Fiction Programming and Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series or Special.

Overall, in two years, The Voice has won two Emmy Awards and been nominated nine times. Congratulations to all the show’s Emmy nominees!

Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope is gearing up for the October 8 release of her post-show album Frame by Frame. That includes a related CMT event, Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame, which premieres on October 4. Check your local listings for specific channel and airtime in your area. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of the album yet, you can still do so here.

Season 2 finalist Tony Lucca announced on Monday that Season 1 finalist Vicci Martinez will be joining him and Brendan James on select dates of their upcoming tour. Visit Tony’s official website to check out show details and find out if you can catch these two talented musicians in your area this fall.

Tony is also finishing up the live performances in support of his recent EP With The Whole World Watching, concluding with a series of West Coast shows. The final segment begins with an October 9 show at The Griffin in San Diego. You can click here to read our recent interview with Tony about the tour, and here to download With The Whole World Watching if you haven’t already.

In new music, Season 2’s Chris Cauley dropped his EP My Turn earlier this month, which you can find here. Season 2’s Katrina Parker has her new CD In and Out of the Dark, which is here. And Season 3’s Cody Belew has released a new record, What You’re Looking For, which you can download here. Adanna Duru has a new music video, “Throwback,” which you can view at the end of this article.

Have you seen all of our off-season artist updates? While we were waiting for Season 5, we also checked in with Nicholas David (Season 3), Nathan Parrett (Season 2). and Katrina Parker (Season 2).

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Artist Update: Tony Lucca

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You can’t keep a good man off the stage. Tony Lucca is currently in the middle of his second headlining tour in two years, enjoying the release of his fantastic new EP, and opening for Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson on select dates of the Honda Civic Tour. That busy schedule hasn’t changed that Tony is still one of the coolest guys in the music business. BFTV snagged a few minutes with him on Saturday to chat about the ‘With The Whole World Watching’ tour.

“It’s always good to get back out with new tunes,” he told us. “Last fall we went out, and being that I basically went the whole year last year without recording, I didn’t have anything new except songs from [The Voice]. To come back this time with new originals, it makes it special.”

The tour takes its name from Tony’s EP, which was released on July 16. As previously teased, it reflects more of the sound that Tony found through his live show performances during season two of the hit NBC series. It has that same level of energy, with catchy first single “Never Gonna Let You Go” being the earworm of the summer, and “Never In A Million” serving as a nice anthem for anyone who’s ever been in a bad relationship. These are songs that will put a smile on your face without a doubt.

If you haven’t listened to the new music yet, here’s Tony’s performance of lead single “Never Gonna Let You Go” from this past season of The Voice.

Tony did tell us on a few occasions that this release would be a departure for him, so now that it’s out, is he happy that he made the break? “I definitely got the reaction I was hoping to get and in some cases, the reaction I pretty much anticipated,” he explained. “By and large, folks were really quick to embrace the new music. Creatively, I think we nailed it. I feel really proud of the record. As far as me venturing into a more mainstream sound, I think we accomplished that with flying colors. I think it’s still me. It’s not for everybody and I knew that going into it.”

With the progress he’s made in the year-plus since he was in the national spotlight, it’s “Definitely a new era,” he continued. “Headlining tours, that’s a big deal. Before I used to go out on joint bills with other artists. I did a lot of opening for other artists. And that’s all great, but it’s constantly working toward the next thing. With the success of the show there was a little more name recognition all around.

“Now I’ve got my own tour vehicle and my own merch stockpile. I’ve got a full time band that’s out with me now. All these things. That’s definitely all new territory – and welcome territory. It allows me to work a little harder at what I do and not have to wear so many hats. And I really enjoy that. It’s really nice to have such a catalog to pull from as well now, from the old records, from the Voice stuff and now the new material. It’s been great to pull my set list together every night and there’s options. It’s a really great time.”

Fans who come to see Tony at any of his remaining shows will have the opportunity to purchase a physical copy of With The Whole World Watching, which is only available on tour dates or at his website. They can also check out his new Snaps app, which allows folks to take a photo and then superimpose any number of layers, including trying on Tony’s trademark fedora or his beard.  That can be found here, and it’s another example of how Tony’s profile has risen of recent.

Doors are definitely opening for Tony that he didn’t necessarily expect a few years ago. Take, for instance, the time he got to open for OneRepublic. “At the beginning of the tour, we were getting ready to go to rehearse for the tour. The band came up to Michigan. And [I] got a last minute opportunity to open for OneRepublic. It was just kind of a weird organic thing that happened through a friend of mine that works for Live Nation.

“I know Ryan Tedder and we’ve kind of swapped tweets and texts and things over the last couple years, but to get this opportunity to share the stage with them was really pretty cool,” he continued. “And my band was there. They were backstage watching my set, and they said Ryan had come to watch the set from the wings and was tweeting about my performance. That felt good, because it was kind of in front of a hometown crowd.”

He’s since relocated with his family to Nashville, and even though he’s set to tour through the end of 2013, still has an eye toward the full-length album that is on its way in the future. “You try and make the most of the time,” Tony said. “I’ve never been terribly disciplined about writing on the road. Any downtime you get, you kind of want to treat it as such.

“Now that I’m in Nashville, I just have so many talented writers at my disposal. The downtime that I do have in between these various runs of touring, I’m back at the drawing board. We’ve got a handful of additional songs that we’re going to track for the album and a few more to come.”

Although he’s making big strides in his career, and his music is certainly evolving, one thing that isn’t any different is Tony himself. He’s still a hard-working musician who is constantly working to improve at his craft, and makes an effort to be connected to his fan base, whether it’s through social media or his website, which is reaching a milestone. “We celebrate 15 years this year, which is pretty cool, I think,” Tony said, adding with a chuckle, “In that 15 years, there’s been a lot of ebb and flow.” Yet now, with all of his efforts finally having been recognized and his music better than ever, he’s got nowhere to go but up for the forseeable future.

Tony Lucca’s EP With The Whole World Watching is available now; you can click here to download it on iTunes. Tour dates and tickets are available via his website (tonylucca.com) and you can also follow Tony on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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Tony Lucca Releases ‘With The Whole World Watching’ EP Today

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Congratulations are in order for Tony Lucca, Team Adam’s finalist on Season 2 of The Voice, whose EP With The Whole World Watching is now available on iTunes today.

The release consists of six new tracks, including first single “Never Gonna Let You Go,” which Tony performed on the Voice stage during the Season 4 live playoffs. If you missed that performance, here it is below.

To celebrate the big day, Tony is connecting with his fans via StageIt for a live webcast and performance today at 5:00 PM PDT (adjust for your time zone). He’ll be playing both new songs and some old favorites. Tickets are “pay what you can,” and you can get yours by clicking here to be taken directly to StageIt.

Tony also has a few incentives for fans during the webcast: the top tipper will receive a guest spot to any of his upcoming tour dates (excepting the Honda Civic Tour dates on which he is opening for Maroon 5), while the second-place tipper will get a free digital copy of With The Whole World Watching, and third place receives a Facebook shout-out.

The new EP shares a name with Tony’s upcoming nationwide tour. The Whole World Watching campaign will see him visit cities from New York to San Diego beginning at the end of July. For more information, including specific cities and show schedule, check out the tour announcement from March.

When Tony returned to The Voice in June, we asked him what fans can expect from that tour, and he told us, “It’s going to be me and my friends Honor By August. I think they’re kind of on the brink of something big as well. They’re phenomenal and it’s going to be a good show between the two acts. Me and my band [will be] playing mostly the new stuff from the new EP, and revisiting some of the old stuff, and again some of the stuff from the Voice catalog, because people seem to appreciate those [songs].”

Download With The Whole World Watching on iTunes now by clicking here. You can get the latest on Tony by visiting his website (tonylucca.com) and following him on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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