Frenchie Davis had an epiphany last year when she saw herself on the cover of The National Enquirer.
“They did an entire article about me being fat and I realized that hiding isn’t really protecting me from scrutiny,” she says. “So I might as well go balls to the wall.
“I am not going to allow the past to scare me away from chasing my dream and going after everything I want out of life.”
First stop: “The Voice.”
Davis — who made headlines 8 years ago when she was dismissed from “American Idol” – landed a spot on Christina’s Aguilera’s team and is prepared to sing for her survival when the show’s “battle rounds” air beginning tonight.
Preview Frenchie’s Battle With Tarralyn:
But first, we’ve got a few questions…
You said during your audition that you had given up on this dream.
Well, there was a part of me that had kind of given up on aspirations of having a recording career. But I didn’t give up. Obviously. There are definitely moments where I may have wanted to. And those are the times when you need to dig deep and believe that you were given the gift you were given with a purpose. And you just have to keep working and keep trying to grow and hope that some day that purpose will be revealed to you.
Do you see this as a second chance?
I see it as an opportunity to perhaps go to another level in my career. That is the only way I can look at it. An opportunity to grow. I definitely have been blessed with success on Broadway, but Broadway is not a recording contract. So those two things are totally different. And I would just really love to have the opportunity to record an album.
Not many people know you have a Grammy nomination.
The Grammy nomination was for a cast recording. So it is technically the producer who was nominated for a cast recording of “Ain’t Misbehavin.” That wasn’t for a Frenchie Davis album. I just want to take the gift I have been given and reach my full potential I have been given.
You seemed a little surprised that Cee Lo recognized you.
I was! Here is the thing: I was on ‘Idol’ eight years ago for maybe two minutes. And everybody doesn’t go see Broadway plays. So I don’t take for granted that people on Cee Lo’s level will know who I am. It meant a great deal to me.
How is the first couple of weeks of coaching going?
It has been wonderful. Christina is kind of like a mama bear a little bit. She gives insightful critiques. I think that is what is really special about the show. It is not a panel of judges judging you. It is a group of fellow artists saying “Hey, this is how I think you can grow and this is how I can help you do that.”