Welp, here we are - sunny California for the first time! Who would've thought a couple months back when we auditioned in Nashville that we'd be here? Craziness.
Before we get into the nitty gritty details of this show, a quick introduction of who we are and how we got here seems necessary. Our names are Josh and Nicole Johnson. We are a husband and wife folk/pop duo called Elenowen (pronounced "ellen-owen") from Nashville, TN. We met in 2003, had a long distance relationship for a year, broke up for a year and a half, got back together, got married in June of 2008, and have been living in Nicole's parents' basement ever since. Throughout our whole relationship, we developed strong passions for writing and performing music. The more we fell in love (especially after being married), the more relevant our music became in our relationship. It served and continues to serve as a way to honestly and beautifully express the feelings (good and bad) we experience on our journey as a married couple. Music is, in a way, therapy. Needless to say, it's been an amazing experience thus far, but it's time to give our career some wings...this is where The Voice comes in.
For us, there is nothing more exciting than connecting and sharing who we are as artists and as people to a large audience. Being on The Voice makes this opportunity possible. We are strong believers in following our hearts, staying true to our music and (most importantly) to each other, and on this show we intend to do just that. We have no doubt that this show will stretch us in ways we need to be stretched, and we're excited to learn and grow from this experience. We've already met a plethora of amazing people out here. Everyone from the contestants, staff, musicians, producers and coaches are unbelievably talented and genuine people. The fact that we have the opportunity to build relationships with these folks is simply amazing - definitely one of those experiences that comes along once in a lifetime. We can't wait to see this show comes to life and to connect with you. Our dreams are truly becoming a reality and we couldn't be more excited.
And now a little personal blurb from Josh...
HIS: "Kum Bay Ya"
There's only so much you can do to kill time in a hotel. You can sleep, eat, work out, watch TV, and...well, that's about it. Thankfully the majority of the other contestants felt this way, so a huge group of us congregated outside most days and nights. In these little congregations we would do what any group of singers would do - "kum bay ya" (coom-by-yah) sessions! For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, a "kum bay ya" session is a term used to describe a bunch of people sitting a fire, sharing original songs, singing favorite cover songs, and having a jolly ole' time. Definitely some of my favorite moments on this trip.
And now a little personal blurb from Nicole...
HERS: "Hummus, Hummus, & More Hummus"
So in order to try and save my money, I went to the grocery store for a few essentials (that way I won't eat out every meal). This list usually consists of carrots, apples, peanut butter, oatmeal, and lots and lots of hummus - three huge tubs in fact. Unfortunately, today it's all gone. I think I have officially eaten my own weight in hummus! But the beauty of it all is I saved my money and now I can spend it at H&M! Yeah baby!