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Q&A: Sarah Simmons from “The Voice” on Faith. Plus, Enter to Win a “Voice” T-Shirt!

PI Girls, we know many of you have been tuning in to The Voice lately…it’s so inspiring to think of how much undiscovered talent there is across the nation, and it’s awesome to know that there are outlets for people to share their gifts with the world!

Last year on Season 4 of The Voice, Birmingham, AL native Sarah Simmons competed for a recording contract. And while she didn’t win, her gorgeous voice took her far in the competition. But it was her open, outspoken and passionate commitment to God that really impressed us!

We caught up with 24-year-old Sarah, who is currently recording music in Nashville, about her experience on The Voice and her future plans. Check out our Q&A below!

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What was your experience auditioning for The Voice like?
My experience auditioning for The Voice was actually extremely peaceful. I don’t know if it was the prayers I had with God before or the chamomile tea I drank to calm me, haha, but it was such an amazing experience.

Did you feel your coach and the producers of the show were comfortable with how you expressed your faith?
Yes, definitely! They all were open and some have their own faith as well.

What has the response from your fans been like?
My response from my fans have been SO positive, incredible. Literally have so many stories that have touched my heart and changed my life that I had with my fans. A lot are personal, but mostly about how my music helped with depression late at night, healing, and even those who are physically ill and dealing with diseases helped them feel strength.

What advice would you give teen girls who are interested in singing professionally?
I always say to God be the glory forever, because He is the one who gives us all our gifts! You can never compare a gift to a gift because how can we do that? Each one has something to share and offer! Don’t compare yourself to other singers/musicians because you each have something to offer; instead, be encouraged by others’ talents.

What is it like being a Christian in the music industry today?
So far I haven’t found that many obstacles through it. A lot of people I meet in the industry are not believers, but are very kind people that are not disrespectful to me with my faith. Some have even been open, which has been such a blessing to talk about God with them.

What was your favorite experience from the show?
The very first audition, the blind audition. I was excited when I saw chairs turning, but really didn’t get that nervous, surprisingly. That experience performing on that stage was exhilarating!!! I was in the moment just singing the lyrics from my soul to the audience and to the camera! Such an amazing experience!

What was your favorite song you performed live on the show?
I think it would have to be “Angel,” by Sarah McLachlan.

What are your future plans for putting out an album or going on tour?
I have been preparing writing by myself, as well as collaborating with writers for my upcoming album. I actually start the recording tomorrow in Nashville, TN!!!! SO excited! The tour will follow afterwards.

If you weren’t a singer, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t a singer I would either be doing mission work in and around the country, or acting. I’ve always had a heart for both and have done both.

What do you feel is the most important thing that people know about your faith?
That even though I have faith, I am imperfect as we all are. I think its important for those who believe to have a lot of compassion for those that believe different; no judgements.

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Watch Sarah’s amazing audition for The Voice below!

Plus, in the spirit of The Voice and dreams coming true, tell us what you want to be when you grow up in the comments section below and enter for a chance to win a cool t-shirt from The Voice (size medium). We’ve got three we’re giving away to three lucky PI Gals, but the contest ends next Tuesday, March 25, so enter now!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed; congrats to our winners, Moriahrr, Clairabear and kass4god!

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[Images: Sarah Simmons]

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24 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kps76 on March 25, 2014 at 06:48

    When I grow up I want to be a large animal vet!

  2. lovely56798

    Posted by lovely56798 on March 24, 2014 at 14:56

    When i grow up,i want to shine a light for god in the medical field.

  3. guitargirlie1997

    Posted by guitargirlie1997 on March 23, 2014 at 12:36

    I want to be a professional musician/singer when I grow up. I want to spread God’s word through other genres of music because I think when people hear “Contemporary Christian Music” then they might be turned off by that. So I want to write music that people can relate to and also be able to see God through my music and how I act. One of the ways I’m already trying to do this is through posting covers on YouTube. Also I want to audition for The Voice and share my faith on there like Sarah did. 🙂
    And about Sarah, she was awesome on The Voice!!! I’m glad to hear that she is still pursuing her dream 🙂

  4. lakenyajoy21

    Posted by lakenyajoy21 on March 22, 2014 at 06:53

    One of my main dreams is that I hope to grow and fall even more in love with my Daddy God than I already am. I also hope to someday be a writer and take my writings into a Christian level and be able to minister others with it 🙂

  5. ndyak

    Posted by ndyak on March 21, 2014 at 15:56

    When I grow up, I hope to have a strong relationship with God as I go to college to hopefully pursue a career in medicine!!
    I’m extremely nervous and excited for the future and very grateful knowing that God has a plan for me!!

  6. TOgunsola

    Posted by TOgunsola on March 21, 2014 at 10:44

    By God’s grace I want to be an OB/GYN and a singer, Worship Leader. I wish you the best and God’s ceaseless blessings Sarah!

  7. Lilian121

    Posted by Lilian121 on March 21, 2014 at 08:37

    When I grow up, I want to be a mother to the motherless-

    What that means to me is most likely being a youth pastor or missionary.

    I know that I have so much more than I deserve and I want to share that with people less fortunate than I am.

    If I can share the gifts that God has given me and share his love with other people who don’t know him, that is what I would so love to spend my life doing.

    I’m not sure how I will do that yet, there are so many ways to! But I feel this call from God and I will follow it!

  8. Sjbornman

    Posted by Sjbornman on March 21, 2014 at 07:17

    Ever since I was little I’ve always wanted to work with animals. So my plan is I’m going to start off as a vets assistant and if I end up loving it as much as I think I will then I’ll go back to school after a couple years of experience and get my veterinarian degree:-)

  9. Julia3501

    Posted by Julia3501 on March 21, 2014 at 05:53

    She has an AMAZING voice. What genre does she typically sing in? I personally want to be a wife and mother. I’d really like to work at a therapeutic horsemanship faculty or own one if possible.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by proudmommy808 on March 20, 2014 at 19:58

    I want to be a registered nurse

  11. Moriahrr

    Posted by Moriahrr on March 20, 2014 at 17:07

    I want to be a travel nurse. I’m currently in an LPN program and I’m gonna go to RN school when I graduate. I would like to perhaps travel doing mission work in nursing and help with disaster relief in third world countries and here in the U.S.. I’ll just let God lead me! 🙂 I’m also considering being a neonatal nurse because I just love babies.

  12. kass4god

    Posted by kass4god on March 20, 2014 at 17:04

    Hahaha:) I have been writing and doing sooo many things about my dream career lately! My dream career would definitely have to be being a middle/elementary school Music teacher! I love music, and kids, and teaching, and I think that would be a great mission field also! My mother is a kindergarten teacher, and she invites, and picks up her students for church all the time! So many students come from such dark homes, and I would love to share Jesus’ love and light with them while being able to play music with them at the same time! So, ya… I want to be a MUSIC TEACHER!!!:) Thank You!!

  13. Clairabear

    Posted by Clairabear on March 20, 2014 at 15:50

    There are sooooo many things that I want to be when I grow up!! I’ve always been interested in psychology, because I love to help people. If I did end up becoming a therapist, I would probably work mostly in the marriage and family department, because after my parents got divorced, my therapist was so helpful, and I felt soooo much better after I would talk to her. Of course, being a teacher is also something that I would find exciting. I’d specifically want to teach either kindergarten or 8th grade (I know, two pretty different stages of life right???). Being a write is something that I’ll do no matter what I choose, and acting/singing have always been in the back of my mind!! Speaking to teenage girls is also something that I would find interesting. I guess that, yeah, I have ideas of what I want to do, but I’m not completely decided yet!! 🙂

    Oh!! And I loved this article!!!

  14. Lioness123

    Posted by Lioness123 on March 20, 2014 at 15:05

    i want to be a staying home mom. i think god wants the man to work and the woman to take care of the kids. and i want to home shcool them.

  15. 4Hprincess

    Posted by 4Hprincess on March 20, 2014 at 14:30

    I really want to be a equine vet(horse). I want to do that and specialize in breeding them while getting to see the cute little babies. Also I would love to run a show pig farm which me and my family and friends are starting this year.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ajgirly19 on March 20, 2014 at 14:16

    I feel like God is calling me to work with kids. Whether it’s to open my own daycare or work in a daycare with people.

  17. Emery511

    Posted by Emery511 on March 20, 2014 at 14:00

    Although I am not completely sure what God has planned for me, I feel in a way called to be an author. I want my books to be christian based, maybe fiction books but I am also definitely considering writing theological books. Possibly even directed towards teenagers.

  18. Katiebug1999

    Posted by Katiebug1999 on March 20, 2014 at 13:28

    I would love to be a Christian singer. I play guitar along with piano, ukulele, and a couple more. I am currently recording a cd to fundraise money for a trip to Africa I am taking in June. We are going to help out in an orphanage, and I was inspired by one of PI’s post to put myself out there and record a cd to help raise money!

  19. Lover of books76

    Posted by Lover of books76 on March 20, 2014 at 12:33

    What I want to be when I am older is a Graphic Designer for a Christian Publishing Company and try to spread God’s word through books and magazines !

  20. gracedgirl

    Posted by gracedgirl on March 20, 2014 at 11:35

    God has called me to be a missionary, so I want to be a missionary along with being either a teacher or a pediatric nurse practitioner.

  21. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on March 20, 2014 at 10:53

    I would love to glorify God and therefore I would like to become a writer and use the gifts the Lord has blessed me with! I`m on my way now, because a couple month`s ago my first book got published. Nothing is impossible for God!

  22. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on March 20, 2014 at 10:22

    She has a wonderful voice. Not exactly something I personally would listen too but I support her all the way. 🙂

  23. susannah pemberton

    Posted by susannah pemberton on March 20, 2014 at 09:36

    I want to be a actress and
    Jennifer Lawrence is my favorite actress who first inspired me to become an actress 🙂

  24. EmilyRW

    Posted by EmilyRW on March 20, 2014 at 09:21

    oh my word, she has such a beautiful voice!! <3

    Well, I want to be a photographer when I grow up. One time, I was taking photos of my 3 year old sister, and the results were beautiful, and I loved being behind the camera. So that's what I want to be.