In fact, a different party is just beginning as the duo prepares the next phase in their respective careers. While they didn’t score a victory, Maye and Davis are even more set on carving their own niche while continuing to aim high.
“These past few days have been interesting,” Davis, who was on Team Christina, told EURweb regarding what she’s been up to since her elimination. “I have not had a complete day without social media and support from around the role about their thoughts. My mentor, friend, and genius, Prince just passed and a close family member passed the week of Eliminations. Outside of that, my faith has kept me in a place of peace and I’ve been able to re-group with continual plans of bringing Támar to the world.”
For Maye, there has been constant activity since his days as a member of Team Blake. According to the 24-year-old Baltimore, MD resident, “it was back to work” as he continued his grind with things “already in the works” before “The Voice” and making a surprise appearance in Nashville to perform with his friend and season nine contestant Mark Hood soon after his exit from the NBC show.
Although his elimination surprised many, Maye is at peace with what happened and “Voice” coach Blake Shelton’s decision to go with fellow contestant Paxton Ingram.
“It’s been work. I will say that a lot of people have initially been expecting me to be sad about what was happening on the show, but honestly I wasn’t sad at all because I was kind of prepared for what was gonna happen that night anyway. I felt it. I’ve always been somebody who’s gone off of feelings and God has given me so many different visions that’s just placed me in this competition, got me to audition. And he let me know before I was gonna be stolen [from Team Christina], that I was gonna end up on Blake’s team,” he shared with EURweb.
“I hate to be super religious, but God has always been present through the whole experience. So I knew. I’m telling you I knew that I was gonna be eliminated that night. I knew I was gonna be eliminated before I even performed that song. I knew going into this performance that that would be my last performance. And I think that you can tell from what I gave in my performance, I knew it was gonna be my last time on that stage performing in the competition.”
“So I was very at peace with it when it happened,” continued Maye. “I was just ready to get back to work. It was like ‘Alright. Now let’s go home and we gotta take what we got from the show and the platform that I’m on now because there’s a small window that I have to start releasing things for me to still be relevant in people’s eyes who watch the show.’”
Maye’s handling of his elimination carries more weight with him being aware that the “The Voice” is just a television show. To hear him tell it, things looked to be predetermined as far as how things turned out and not an actual reflection of what an artist goes through in real life.
“It’s literally a television show and they have to cast certain characters. They have to make certain plots and certain plot twists and things like that,” Maye said. “The show obviously won’t go the way you would think it should go because it would be too predictable. Then, it would just be like, ‘of course all the good people are gonna advance.’ I think they do it in a way so that it’s a little more entertaining. I think they want you to feel these different emotions when you’re watching it and feel mad when the person you like goes home. It’s just a part of the show I guess. That’s the only explanation that I think of for it.” [Laughs]
“It is a singing competition, but I think first and foremost, it’s a show,” he added. “It’ not scripted, At least not from the contestants. It’s not scripted. We’re not scripted, but I do believe that certain parts of the show are scripted. I think they know the way that the show is gonna go before they even start the season. I think they know what they’re looking for. I think they know who they want to win the show. I think they know who they want to highlight here and who they want to peak at this moment and then not do so great on this moment. And then come back and have this comeback performance on this moment. I think they know that.
“I think we’re kind of casted. We’re real artists and we’re actually real performers, but I do believe that our talent is somewhat casted on the show. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a television show. That’s what it is. That’s what it’s supposed to be.”
Like Maye, Davis found her peace with being out of the running to win “The Voice.”
“The decision was her decision,” the 35-year-old Houston, TX vocalist said of judge Christina Aguilera’s choice to take her out of the competition. “We all knew that going in the competition. I was shocked but at peace. I was excited to have performed an array and rainbow of songs. Deep down inside, my plan was to show more of me even to the point of my dancing aspect, but apparently that wasn’t the ultimate plan.”
As they look beyond “The Voice,” Maye and Davis admit they’ve gained a lot from being a part of the show. Of those things, Davis highlighted meeting new talent as well as dispense lessons she’s learned to contestants who have contacted her for “pointers on how to use their voices in better ways.”
“I was glad to have helped and passed on my vocal techniques to some of them and glad to know, that I am always a vessel,” she said. “Nothing is for personal gain.
Evaluating his “Voice” experience, Maye compared it to “boot camp” as it enabled him to learn how to do deal with the press as well as interact on social media, which can transfer into votes. In all, Maye inherited a serious work ethic that has stuck with him as well as “things about performing” from Aguilera, who taught him to be more comfortable with his singing voice, and different musical styles he gained from the diverse group of singers on “The Voice.”
As he reflects on his social media following, Maye emphasized the importance of fan support when the spotlight of being on “The Voice” is no more.
“When we’re on the show, we get this huge social media following, this flood of social media following from all these people who are fans of the show. One thing that’s really important to me is that these people who follow us on the show, they understand that we were real artists before the show,” he said. “After the show is over, we’re still artists. It’s still important if you’re fans of us to still continue to support us after the show and not just when we’re on your TV. But when we come to your hometowns and we’re doing these shows and when we release our own music, I just think it’s really important to keep up with us as artists.”
As for the future, Davis and Maye will fall back on projects they were working on before “The Voice” as they forge a new path toward what lies ahead.
“The thing that I’m most excited about is that ‘I’m a visual person. So you can definitely expect a lot of visuals,” Maye shared as he touted new apparel and t-shirts that will be available on his website, joemaye.com. “I wanted to make that transition for the fans easier for them. Coming off the show I wanted them to see that I was an actual artist. I know that they are so used to seeing me on TV and used to seeing visuals of me. And so to make that transition easier, I will be releasing a lot of different visuals this summer and then probably follow up with an EP later in the fall. A lot of visuals and I’m doing different shows. Hopefully I’ll be in a city close to where everybody is. We’re putting on some tour-type things and I’m excited for that.”
“I am gearing up for some live performances,” said Davis, who mentioned working on her second album before being on “The Voice.” “I am also in the process of finalizing a game plan with a literary work. And my Syren Arts Academy will begin to expand this year. Hopefully, TV and film will finally show its face this year.”