Muscle Shoals to Music Row

S3 E8 | FULL EPISODE

Spensha Baker

Singer Spensha Baker from San Antonio, Tex. is probably best known for her performances in the fourtheenth season of The Voice, in which she placed fourth. In this performance recorded at FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, she demonstrates her power as as a performer.

AIRED: May 16, 2019 | 0:56:46
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Welcome to another edition

of Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live.

I am your host M. Fletcher Brown

and we are in the legendary Studio A

Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals, Fame studios.

Our show this month we welcome please

all the way from Nashville, Tennessee

by way of NBC's The Voice

she was a finalists last season on team Blake

please welcome Spensha Baker.

(audience applauds)

♪ Muscle Shoals to Music Row

(upbeat country music)

[Announcer] The Sam Phillips Music Organization

invites you to come along

as we present new and hit music

right from the source

♪ Muscle Shoals

♪ Music Row, yeah

Bringing you live performances by the best artists

and songwriters from Muscle Shoals

Music Row, and around the world.

And now from Studio A in the legendary Fame Studios

it's Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live.

(audience applauds)

("Happy People" by Little Big Town)

♪ Happy people don't cheat

♪ Happy people don't lie

♪ They don't judge or hold a grudge ♪

♪ They don't criticize

♪ Happy people don't hate

♪ Happy people don't steal

♪ 'Cause all the hurt

♪ Sure ain't worth all the guilt they'd feel ♪

♪ If you wanna know the secret

♪ Can't buy it, gotta make it

♪ You ain't never gonna be it

♪ By taking someone else's away ♪

♪ Never take it for granted

♪ You don't have to understand it ♪

♪ Here's to whatever puts a smile on your face ♪

♪ Whatever makes you happy people ♪

♪ Happy people don't fail

♪ Happy people just learn

♪ And not above the push and shove ♪

♪ They just wait their turn

♪ Happy people don't hate

♪ Happy people just learn

♪ All the hurt ain't worth all the guilt they'd feel ♪

♪ If you wanna know the secret

♪ Can't buy it, gotta make it

♪ And you ain't never gonna be it ♪

♪ By taking someone else's away ♪

♪ Never take it for granted

♪ You don't have to understand it ♪

♪ Here's to whatever puts a smile on your face ♪

♪ Whatever makes you happy people ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ These days it ain't always easy to find ♪

♪ The ones who are standin' by your side ♪

♪ No time for greed, we all took a little late ♪

♪ Whatever makes you happy people ♪

♪ Life is short and love is rare ♪

♪ And we all deserve to be happy while we're here. ♪

Don't we?

(audience applauds)

I definitely sing country music

but I like to incorporate other genres in my sets.

So you may have heard this one

this is actually a pop hit

by Maren Morris, shocking, yeah okay.

And this is called The Middle.

This is the acoustic version.

F sharp.

[Drummer] One, two, three, four.

Yeah, there we go.

("The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey)

♪ Hey yeah

♪ Take a seat

♪ Right over there, sat on the stairs ♪

♪ Stay or leave, the cabinets are bare ♪

♪ And I'm unaware of just how we got into this mess ♪

♪ Got so aggressive

♪ I know we meant all good intentions ♪

♪ So pull me closer, why don't you pull me close ♪

♪ Why don't you come on over

♪ I can't just let you go

♪ Oh baby

♪ Why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ I'm loosing my mind just a little ♪

♪ So why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ In the middle

♪ Oh, take a step

♪ Back for a minute, into the kitchen ♪

♪ Floors are ready, cabinets are run ♪

♪ And dishes are broken

♪ How did we get into this mess ♪

♪ Got so aggressive

♪ I know we meant all good intentions ♪

♪ So pull me closer, why don't you pull me close ♪

♪ Why don't you come on over

♪ I can't just let you go

♪ Oh baby

♪ Why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ I'm loosing my mind just a little ♪

♪ So why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ In the middle

♪ Looking at you I can't lie

♪ Pouring out admission

♪ Regardless of my objection, uh-oh ♪

♪ And it's not about my pride

♪ Come over, pull me in

♪ Just come over, pull me in just ♪

♪ Oh baby

♪ Why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ I'm loosing my mind just a little ♪

♪ So why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ In the middle, no no

♪ Baby, why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ Oh yeah

♪ I'm loosing my mind just a little ♪

♪ So why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ In the middle

♪ Baby, yeah

♪ In the middle, baby

♪ I'm loosing my mind just a little ♪

♪ So why don't you just meet me in the middle ♪

♪ Middle, in the middle, middle ♪

(audience applauds)

Before I actually went on The Voice

I was not singing.

I was actually leasing apartments for a living

and I was very happy with doing that

and was living a very comfortable life.

And then my mom turned to me one day

and said why don't you go audition for The Voice?

And I looked at her like she was crazy

because I was like Mom, this is why we think you're crazy

'cause I haven't even sang in three years

and you want me to go audition for The Voice, okay.

But I said yes, something in me said yes

and I committed to it

and I was very surprised along the way.

Just discovering a whole long about myself

that I did not even know

and also I was singing again after three years

and so it was a lot of work, too.

In 2019 I feel like I'm just getting started.

I did so much in 2018, it was amazing.

It was an amazing year

I'm very grateful for everything that happened

but I feel like there's still a lot left in me

and I don't know why I'm about to start crying.

Isn't that so weird?

[Guitarist] I got you.

I feel like I'm so full

and my heart is full

and not just full of music but of faith and purpose

and I'm ready to take on the next chapter of my life.

That's what this song is about.

In the song it says just when you think I'm at the end

in a second I'm gonna catch my second wind.

I've learned growing up that you don't run the race

just to run in it

but you run the race to win it.

That's sort of my motto in life

and with music, so this is called Second Wind.

[Drummer] One, two, three, four.

("Second Wind" by Maren Morris)

♪ Why do we build up all these idols ♪

♪ Just to watch them fall

♪ You wearing the crown, toast of the town ♪

♪ But no one takes your call

♪ You may be up and down, down, down, down ♪

♪ But I'll always come back around, 'round, 'round, 'round ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ You can't forget about me

♪ While you weren't lookin' I was gettin' even higher ♪

♪ Say what you want about me

♪ Your words are gasoline on my fire ♪

♪ You can hate me, underestimate me ♪

♪ Do what you do 'cause what you do don't phase me ♪

♪ Just when you think I'm at the end ♪

♪ In a second I'ma catch my second wind ♪

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ You know an airplane's only paper til it finds a breeze ♪

♪ And don't you know that it's the lows ♪

♪ That makes the high so sweet

♪ When then try to break, break, break you ♪

♪ That's when you get your break, break, breakthrough ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ You can't forget about me

♪ While you weren't lookin' I was gettin' even higher ♪

♪ Say what you want about me

♪ Your words are gasoline on my fire ♪

♪ You can hate me, underestimate me ♪

♪ Do what you do 'cause what you do don't phase me ♪

♪ Just when you think I'm at the end ♪

♪ In a second I'ma catch my second wind ♪

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Yeah maybe I been down, down, down, down ♪

♪ But I always come back around, 'round, 'round, 'round ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ You can't forget about me

♪ While you weren't lookin' I was gettin' even higher ♪

♪ Say what you want about me

♪ Your words are gasoline on my fire ♪

♪ You can hate me, underestimate me ♪

♪ Do what you do 'cause what you do don't phase me ♪

♪ Just when you think I'm at the end ♪

♪ In a second I'ma catch my second wind ♪

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

-♪ I'ma catch my -♪ I'ma catch my

-♪ I'ma catch my -♪ I'ma catch my second wind

♪ Whoo

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

-♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah -♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

♪ Nah, nah, nah, nah

-♪ I'ma catch my -♪ I'ma catch my

♪ I'ma catch my

♪ Nah, nah, nah

(audience applauds)

Since I'm telling y'all the story of my life

might as well continue.

This song is called Merry Go 'Round.

It's by Kacey Musgraves.

I love all the melodic parts, all that stuff is great.

I think it's a beautiful song.

But it also tells the story of my life.

Sometimes we can get stuck

and think that we're okay

and everything's just okay and then that's great

and then we don't ever have to get out of our comfort zone

or do anything spectacular

and I'm here today to tell you that

that's not true.

And that God has created us to be spectacular people

and so we need to have the fire inside

to go out and chase our dreams

and not get stuck in a merry go 'round

that sometimes we do.

Doing the same thing at the same time everyday.

That was me and someone had to push me

and say you're better than that

and you can do more than that.

-So thanks, mom. -(laughs)

I'm forever grateful

and I think of you when I hear this song

because without you pushing me I would not be here.

This is Merry Go 'Round.

I'm so emotional, I'm so sorry, oh my gosh.

Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live

with Spensha who cries a lot.

(laughing)

Goodness, okay here we go.

[Drummer] One, two, three, four

("Merry Go 'Round by Kacey Musgraves)

♪ If you ain't got two kids by 21 ♪

♪ You probably gonna die alone

♪ At least that's what tradition told you ♪

♪ And it don't matter

♪ If you don't believe

♪ Come Sunday morning you'd best be there ♪

♪ On the front row like you're 'sposed to ♪

♪ Same hurt in every heart

♪ Same trail a different part

♪ 'Cause Momma's hooked on Mary Kay ♪

♪ Brother's hooked on Mary Jane ♪

♪ And Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down ♪

♪ Mary, Mary quite contrary

♪ We get bored so we get married ♪

♪ And just like dust we settle in this town ♪

♪ On this broken merry go 'round ♪

♪ And round and round we go

♪ Where it stops nobody knows

♪ And it ain't slowin' down

♪ This merry go 'round

♪ And we think that the first time's good enough ♪

♪ So we hold on to high school love ♪

♪ Say we won't end up like our parents ♪

♪ Tiny little boxes in a row

♪ It ain't what you want, it's what you know ♪

♪ Just happy in the shoes you're wearing ♪

♪ Same checks are always cashed in ♪

♪ To buy a little more distraction ♪

♪ 'Cause Momma's hooked on Mary Kay ♪

♪ Brother's hooked on Mary Jane ♪

♪ And Daddy's hooked on Mary two door's down ♪

♪ Mary, Mary quite contrary

♪ We get bored so we get married ♪

♪ And just like dust we settle in this town ♪

♪ On this broken merry go 'round ♪

♪ And round and round we go

♪ Where it stops nobody knows

♪ And it ain't slowin' down

♪ This merry go 'round

♪ Mary, Mary quite contrary

♪ We're so bored until we're buried ♪

♪ And just like dust we settle in this town ♪

♪ On this broken merry go 'round ♪

♪ Round and round and round we go ♪

♪ Jack and Jill went up the hill ♪

♪ But Jack burned out on booze and pills ♪

♪ Mary had a little lamb

♪ But Mary just don't give a care anymore. ♪

(applause)

I like singing this next song

because it says I don't smoke and I don't drink

and I really don't do those things

so I just feel like I can relate.

But this song is dedicated

to all those hard working people out there

who just sometimes need a break.

Whether that's a smoke break, a drink break

meditation, prayer, yoga

whatever helps you to escape and get away.

Sometimes we need to take that.

This is Smoke Break.

[Drummer] One, two, three, four.

("Smoke Break" by Carrie Underwood)

♪ She's a small town hard workin' woman ♪

♪ Just trying to make a livin'

♪ Workin' three jobs, feeding four little mouths ♪

♪ In her run down kitchen

♪ When you never take nothing

♪ You're doing nothing but givin' ♪

♪ It's hard to be a good wife and good mom ♪

♪ And a good Christian

♪ She said I don't drink

♪ But sometimes I need a stiff drink ♪

♪ Sippin' from a high, full glass ♪

♪ Let the world fade away

♪ I don't smoke

♪ But sometimes I need a long drag ♪

♪ Yeah I know it might sound bad ♪

♪ But sometimes I need a smoke break ♪

♪ He's a big city hard workin' man ♪

♪ Just tryin' to climb the ladder ♪

♪ First generation to go to college ♪

♪ Instead of drivin' a tractor

♪ Never had nothing handed to him on a silver plater ♪

♪ It's hard to to a good man, good son ♪

♪ And do something good that matters ♪

♪ He said I don't drink

♪ But sometimes I need stiff drink ♪

♪ Sippin' from a high, full glass ♪

♪ Let the world fade away

♪ I don't smoke

♪ But sometimes I need a long drag ♪

♪ Yeah, I know it might sound bad ♪

♪ But sometimes I need a smoke break ♪

♪ So here's to you

♪ And here's to when the day gets long ♪

♪ Go ahead I understand if you wanna take a load off ♪

♪ I don't drink

♪ But sometimes I need a stiff drink ♪

♪ Sippin' from a high, full glass ♪

♪ Let the world fade away

♪ I don't smoke

♪ But sometimes I need to light it up ♪

♪ Yeah when things get tough

-♪ Sometimes I need a -♪ Sometimes I need a

♪ When the day gets long

♪ When the work's all done

♪ When the sun sets

♪ When the need to forget

♪ Grab that cup

♪ Fill it up

♪ Sip it slow and let it all go ♪

♪ Oh whoa oh

♪ Oh ho oh

♪ Oh ho oh

♪ Oh whoa oh

♪ Oh ho oh

♪ Oh ho

(audience applauds)

This next song I did actually sing on the show.

It's called I Could Use A Love Song.

And I've been through just a couple break-ups.

Sometimes you need a love song

to remind you that love is still great

even when you don't feel like that.

Something that takes you back to the good times.

That's kind of what this song is talking about.

This is I Could Use A Love Song.

[Drummer] One, two, three, four.

("I Could Use A Love Song" by Maren Morris)

♪ Usually a drink'll do the trick ♪

♪ Take the edge off quick, sitting in the dark ♪

♪ With a shared cigarette

♪ Seeing eye to eye and heart to heart ♪

♪ But maybe I'm just getting old ♪

♪ Used to work, but now it don't ♪

♪ A long gone drive

♪ You know the kind where you take a turn ♪

♪ And you don't know why

♪ But it clears your mind, a surefire cure ♪

♪ I need something stronger

♪ That'll last a little longer

♪ I could use a love song

♪ That takes me back just like that ♪

♪ When it comes on

♪ To a time when I wouldn't roll my eyes ♪

♪ At a guy and a girl who make it work in a world ♪

♪ That for me so far just seems to go so wrong ♪

♪ Yeah I could use, I could use ♪

♪ A love song

♪ I wish I didn't know so much

♪ I peeked behind the curtain

♪ Now that magic rush

♪ Feels like a trick that isn't workin' ♪

♪ But I haven't lost all hope yet ♪

♪ Yeah it's hurtin' but it ain't dead ♪

♪ I could use a love song

♪ That takes me back just like that ♪

♪ When it comes on

♪ To a time when I wouldn't roll my eyes ♪

♪ At a guy and a girl who make it work in a world ♪

♪ That for me so far just seems to go so wrong ♪

♪ Yeah I could use, I could use a love song ♪

♪ Give me a sign or a rhyme or a reason ♪

♪ Just something that I can believe in ♪

♪ I could use a love song

♪ That takes me back just like that ♪

♪ When it comes on

♪ To a time when I wouldn't roll my eyes ♪

♪ At a guy and a girl who make it work in a world ♪

♪ That for me so far just seems to go so wrong ♪

♪ Yeah I could use, yeah I could use ♪

♪ I could use a love song

♪ Ooh

-Really good. -(audience applauds)

-Encore. -♪ I could yew--

No I'm just kidding.

I'm not gonna do that again, sorry.

This next one is off of Carrie Underwood's new album.

Do any of y'all have that album, Carrie Underwood's?

Cry Pretty, it's a great album.

This is the very last song on that record

and I like it 'cause it's fun

and I think we all have that one person

that no matter where we are in the world

we just wanna be with them.

Like when you're in love with someone

which I'm not right now.

So if you're watching, just you know.

-Call me, okay. -No?

All right.

-Anyway, got you. -Okay thanks.

But that's what this song is about.

You could be anywhere, end up anywhere

as long as you're with them it's the right place.

My mom feels like that about me.

You know, she loves to be with me everywhere.

I'm just kidding, I love you mom.

Just think of that one person when you hear this.

This is End Up With You.

[Drummer] One, two--

Sorry.

[Drummer] Three, four.

("End Up With You" by Carrie Underwood)

♪ I don't really care

♪ 'Bout makin' any plans

♪ Leave it up in the air

♪ Give it up to chance

♪ See where it goes

♪ See where it ends

♪ 'Cause I just wanna go as fast as we can ♪

♪ We could end up broke down on some back road ♪

♪ Lovin' in the back seat to the radio ♪

♪ Wouldn't be the worst scenario ♪

♪ 'Cause all I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Get home and we're locked out ♪

♪ Middle of the backyard layin' down ♪

♪ Last thing that I'd worry about ♪

♪ 'Cause all I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ohh

♪ All I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ To the end of the world

♪ If you wanted to

♪ 'Cause baby you can light up the dark side of the moon ♪

♪ Don't leave it up to me

♪ I'll leave it up to you

♪ 'Cause I just want one thing when the night is through ♪

♪ Hey, we could end up broke down on some back road ♪

♪ Lovin' in the back seat to the radio ♪

♪ Wouldn't be the worst scenario ♪

♪ 'Cause all I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Get home and we're locked out ♪

♪ Middle of the back yard layin' down ♪

♪ Last thing that I'd worry about ♪

♪ 'Cause all I wanna do it end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ All I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ All I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ All I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ Hey, now we could end up broke down on some back road ♪

♪ Lovin' in the back seat to the radio ♪

♪ Wouldn't be the worst scenario ♪

♪ 'Cause all I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Get home and we're locked out ♪

♪ Middle of the backyard layin' down ♪

♪ Last thing that I'd worry about ♪

♪ 'Cause all I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ All I wanna do it end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ All I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ Yeah, all I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh

♪ End up with you

-♪ End up with you -♪ End up with you

♪ All I wanna do is end up

-♪ End up with you -♪ End up with you

♪ All I wanna do is end up

-♪ End up with you -♪ End up with you

♪ All I wanna do is end up

-♪ End up with you -♪ End up with you

♪ All I wanna do is end up with you ♪

♪ Mmm

(audience applauds)

We're here at Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live

in the world famous Studio A

at Fame Studios, Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals.

Our guest this month

for the very first time on Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live

Spensha Baker, how are you?

I'm so good, I can't even believe I'm here.

I have to admit

you are so genuinely in awe of this room

and rightly so, you got Wilson Pickett over this side

you've got Aretha Franklin on this side.

-How does it feel? -Etta on this side, too.

Etta, yeah can't miss Etta James.

No pressure or anything.

How does it feel to sit in this room?

I'm honored that I was even thought of

to be honest with you.

I was on the show last year this time

so it's been a while.

I've been out on the circuit, working.

So that someone would even think of me to invite me here

I'm just honored.

You absolutely have the talent.

No one gets to the top four of The Voice

especially on Team Blake.

Team Blake always seems to have

the best artists that come through that show.

He knows what he's doing.

-He really does. -Blake.

We know what he saw in you

'cause we got to hear a little bit of it tonight

but let's talk a little bit about where you started.

You've been performing since you were six-years-old.

I started singing at age six

and then my mom put me right in front of the congregation

so I started singing in churches all across Texas

my mom and I and our little broke down minivan

just traveling across Texas, singing in churches

and then at nine I was on something called

Christian Artist Talent Search

which was my first time being on TV.

Then after I did that I was like Mom I think I wanna sing.

Whatever these people do for a job, I wanna sing as the job.

So she submitted me for Star Search.

So I was on Star Search in 2004

when Arsenio Hall was the host

and that's how I got discovered by Ron Fair

of Interscope Records

and then I recorded my very first gospel album

-on Interscope at 14. -That was Out Loud.

Mm-hmm.

You had a record deal by the time you were 15 years old.

14, mm-hm.

-14. -Mm-hm.

I released a gospel album, I traveled across the country

for a really long time on that album

until the label and I parted ways.

Then the second chapter of my life started.

You took a break, basically.

That's a nice way of sayin' it.

-I'm just gonna step away. -I'm just gonna chill.

No, I had no intention of ever singing again.

-Really? -Yeah.

I had kinda lost the passion for it to be honest.

You're doing something at first

it's new, it's fresh

it's like this fun, this is my life's purpose.

And then after a while you're like

this stuff takes a lot more work than I thought.

This is not what I thought it was gonna be.

And then I got older and I wanted to have a regular job

and I just wanted to be done with music

so I just quit all together.

No intentions of returning, until!

Until your mother said

why don't you go do this Voice thing?

She literally turned to me

and said you know they're gonna be in Austin this weekend.

Why don't you just go do it.

You're not doing anything.

And I was like, okay mom.

Whatever you say, girl.

And I just

-(laughing) -(Spensha sighs)

I'm like she's not getting it, is she?

I don't wanna sing anymore.

For some reason I said yes, I said okay

and I did it.

And every time I made it though an audition process

I was surprised, every time.

I couldn't believe it.

I thought I haven't sang in three years

I'm gonna sound a ratchet hot mess

and I never did.

It's like riding a bike.

You have so much presence

and you're so comfortable with a camera

and with a live audience, I have to wonder--

I was on TV for four months.

In front of literally millions and millions of people.

-(laughing) -Yes.

I have to wonder, your parents

both your mom and your dad are veterans.

-They are. -They are military veterans.

My mom was in the Army for 13 years

and then my dad just got out after 30.

(audience applauds)

It was a fun childhood.

You guys basically lived everywhere.

My parents have gone everywhere.

I luckily have lived in two states via the military.

I got really lucky

but talk to my parents and that's a whole different story.

Do you think that growing up with two military parents

even moving as little as you did

may have prepared you, sort of made you at ease

with you're a room full of complete strangers

but I don't care, how you doing?

I don't think anything could ever prepare you for that

but I will say that being a military brat

I learned a lot of things from watching my parents

that helped me in situations like The Voice.

Like hard work and perseverance

and keeping your eye on the prize

and setting a mission and a vision and going for it.

Those sorts of things, that type of work ethic

prepared me for things like The Voice

that require all of that.

You still actually do quite a bit

actively for the military as far as performance.

Yes, any chance I get.

I am always on a military base to do a show.

About two months ago I sang on Fort Sam Houston

which is the Army base

now joint military base in San Antonio.

Anytime I can sing to soldiers I jump at it

and throughout the course of my career

I've always done things that are military oriented.

I've been on USO tours

I've gone overseas to Germany, to Italy et cetera

to visit our troops out there

'cause they're doing something

that allows me to be able to do this.

Ever perform for a sitting president?

-Twice. -Twice?

I knew the answer to that but I wanted her to say it.

I liked the way you set that up, that was nice.

I sang for Bush in 2008

and then for the current administration two months ago.

At the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

At the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

-Wow. -Christmas time.

Let's talk about Spensha Baker now.

Let's talk about you have the single Old Soul.

-I do. -And you're working on the EP

that that'll be a part of.

Yes, my very first EP.

Your very first country, mainstream country EP.

Now the song Old Soul, that's not one that you wrote

but you are a songwriter, you're working on songwriting

but that one is not.

Mm-mm, I actually got Old Soul while I was on the show.

During the finale

they give each artist a chance to debut a single.

I got a couple different choices

and then it came down to two.

One was written by Maren Morris and Josh Osborne

and the other one was Old Soul.

I was like, I gotta get the Maren song.

How cool would that be

to tell people that Maren wrote my song, oh my god?

Then after further torture

and deliberation and conflict in my brain

something was jumping out at me about Old Soul.

It's like when I sang it out loud it came to life.

It felt like a soul experience when I heard the song

and sang it for the first time.

And that's how Old Soul came to be.

It was written by a former Voice contestant named Sam James.

He was on about six seasons before me

so it was a nice full circle moment.

Then it was also written with Kat Higgins

who writes for Carrie Underwood now

and Marti Jane Dodson who is incredibly talented.

You're actually still writing with Sam.

Yes I am.

He and I are collaborating on some things

and I also write alone

especially after the show

I just got a flood of ideas.

So I'm ready to tell people my story

how I walked away from something

I knew I was supposed to be doing

and then my return to it and what my life is now.

Coming up soon you're gonna be performing

for a Hallmark Channel, Movie Guild Awards?

Yes, the Movie Guide Awards.

-Movie Guide Awards. -Mm-hm.

For the Hallmark Channel which is cool

'Cause I didn't know they had that.

My mom and I are all about the Hallmark movies.

Y'all know y'all like 'em, too.

They're good, they make you cry.

I will not confess, but I've seen eight or nine of them.

The Christmas movies are great.

Don't tell anybody I said that.

Okay, well you just announced it to the world.

(laughing)

-I did? -Yeah.

I'm very excited to be a part of that

and I also have some more shows that I'm doing

in the upcoming months

and then I'm also getting together

with some of The Voice alum.

You're gonna be in New York

with some of the guys from The Voice.

Yes, we're gettin' the band back together.

So people can come re-experience

what they experienced on the show, so that's cool too.

(audience applauds)

Another favorite comin' at cha.

By Dan and Shay.

Y'all heard of them, y'all like them?

Me too.

Dan and Shay if you're watching

I'm available for tour dates if you wanna.

I'm just kidding.

This is called Alone Together.

It's a fun one, hope you enjoy it.

[Drummer] One, two, three, four.

("Alone Together" by Dan and Shay)

♪ I couldn't help but notice

♪ You were sitting by yourself

♪ Droppin' limes in a Corona

♪ Like you're trying to get over somebody else ♪

♪ It's funny how your story

♪ It sounds a little like mine

♪ Well I'm at a table and I'm peeling bottle labels ♪

♪ To pass the time

♪ And we can blue as a neon light ♪

♪ Singin' them sad love songs all night ♪

♪ We could say goodbye

♪ Just stay home, but if we're gonna be alone ♪

♪ We should be alone together

♪ Kissin' over there in the corner ♪

♪ Where nobody else can see

♪ Keepin' each other company

♪ We should be alone together

♪ Leaning up against my car door ♪

♪ Parked outside on the street

♪ Where it's just you and me

♪ We should alone together

♪ I couldn't help but notice

♪ You could use another drink

♪ Well I don't wanna leave you

♪ And it's two for one tequilas so what cha think ♪

♪ We could be blue as a neon light ♪

♪ Singin' them sad love songs all night ♪

♪ We could say goodbye

♪ Just stay home, but if we're gonna be alone ♪

♪ We should alone together

♪ Kissing over there in the corner ♪

♪ Where nobody else can see

♪ Keepin' each other company

♪ We should be alone together

♪ Leanin' up against my car door ♪

♪ Parked outside on the street

♪ Where it's just you and me

♪ We should be alone together

♪ We should be alone together

♪ We should be alone together

♪ Aw yeah

♪ We should be alone together

♪ Over there in the corner

♪ Where nobody else can see

♪ We should be alone together

♪ Kissing over there in the corner ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Company

♪ We should be alone together

♪ Leanin' up against my car door ♪

♪ Parked outside on the street

♪ Where it's just you and me

♪ We should be alone together

♪ We should be alone together

♪ We should be alone together

♪ We should be alone together

(audience applauds)

I recently sang at a Josh Gracin show

which is how I met the beautiful Miss Meagan Barker.

-To my left. -(audience applauds)

Who is on vocals and acoustic guitar tonight.

It's also where I met Dave Flint

who's on my right

-on acoustic guitar tonight. -(audience applauds)

And I also have Phil on the drums behind me.

He's got really cool hair, I don't know if you can.

(Meagan laughs)

(audience applauds)

But I was saying this earlier

and I know I've said it at least five times

but I feel so lucky to have such amazing

to me, class A musicians.

I'm really grateful to them for playing with me tonight.

I recently did a show, opened for Josh Gracin

and he did this little part of his set

where he said this is a song I wish I had written.

The song I wish I had written.

This actually just went number one

this is called Drunk Me by Mitchell Tenpenny

and first time I heard it I fell in love with it.

I just thought wouldn't it be cool

to have a female singin' it?

And so yeah, it's a song I wish I'd written, darn it.

But I really enjoy singing it and I hope you guys enjoy it.

Here we go.

[Phil] One, two, three, four.

("Drunk Me" by Mitchell Tenpenny)

♪ Some people don't know when to quit ♪

♪ And that's why they quit

♪ Some need to hit the bottom to see they got a problem ♪

♪ Can't handle it

♪ That ain't why I started cleaning up my life ♪

♪ Wish it was but that would be a lie ♪

♪ I've been sober

♪ 'Cause there ain't no hangover like you ♪

♪ Hey

♪ Can you come over

♪ I always find those words at the bottom of a 100 proof ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Boy every time you do

♪ I just end up head all messed up ♪

♪ Like the sheets where we made love ♪

♪ I been sober since you broke my heart in two ♪

♪ 'Cause drunk me can't get over you ♪

♪ All those bottles sittin' up on the shelf ♪

♪ Are just salt on the wounds

♪ One drink and I'm pickin' up the phone ♪

♪ Tryin' not to go home without you ♪

♪ But that ain't nothin' but a whole lot of pain ♪

♪ And that kinda hurts, ooh hurts ♪

♪ It ain't worth another drink

♪ I've been sober

♪ 'Cause there ain't no hangover like you ♪

♪ Hey

♪ Baby can you come over

♪ I always find those words at the bottom of a 100 proof ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Boy every time you do

♪ I just end up head all messed up ♪

♪ Like the sheets where we made love ♪

♪ I been sober since you broke my heart in two ♪

♪ 'Cause drunk me can't get over you ♪

♪ There ain't no hangover like you ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Mmm

♪ I been sober

♪ 'Cause there ain't no hangover like you ♪

♪ Oh, no no whoa

♪ Can you come over

♪ I always find those words at the bottom of a 100 proof ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Boy every time you do

♪ I just end up head all messed up ♪

♪ Like the sheets where we made love ♪

♪ I been sober since you broke my heart in two ♪

♪ 'Cause drunk me

♪ Yeah drunk me

♪ And drunk me, yeah

♪ Can't get over you

♪ 'Cause there ain't no hangover like you, yeah ♪

♪ Hmm

(audience applauds)

Two, okay.

Hm, okay.

I had one more planned, but that's okay.

[Man] 10 more?

10 more!

10 more, okay.

Let's do My Church.

I grew up singing gospel music.

Y'all will see why I love singin' this song so much.

It just feels like home

and also I think we all have a place that we go to escape.

This is about that place kinda being music.

Well, for me.

Music is how I escape, it's also how I get in touch

with myself and other people.

It's a weird little mixture.

Where ever that place is for you that just feels like church

it's just a soul experience

think of that place and for me it's here, doing this.

♪ Can I get a hallelujah

♪ Can I get an amen

[Phil] One, two, three.

("My Church" by Maren Morris)

♪ Hey, now I've cussed on a Sunday ♪

♪ I've cheated and I've lied

♪ I've fallen down from grace a few too many times ♪

♪ But I find holy redemption

♪ When I put this car in drive

♪ I roll the windows down and turn up the dial ♪

♪ Can I get a hallelujah

♪ Can I get an amen

♪ Feels like the Holy Ghost runnin' through ya ♪

♪ When I play the highway FM

♪ And I find my soul revival

♪ Singing every single verse

♪ Yeah I guess that's my church ♪

♪ When Hank brings the sermon

♪ And Cash leads the choir

♪ Yeah it gets my cold, cold heart burnin' ♪

♪ Hotter than a ring of fire

♪ When this wonderful world gets heavy ♪

♪ And I need to find my escape

♪ I just keep the wheels rollin', radio scrollin' ♪

♪ Until my sins wash away

♪ Can I get a hallelujah

♪ Can I get an amen

♪ Feels like the Holy Ghost runnin' through ya ♪

♪ When I play the highway FM

♪ And I find my soul revival

♪ Singing every single verse

♪ Yeah, I guess that's my church ♪

♪ Come on

♪ Whoo

♪ Can I get a hallelujah

♪ Hmm, it feels like the Holy Ghost runnin' through ya ♪

♪ When I play the highway FM

♪ And I find my, said I find my soul ♪

♪ Singin' every single verse

♪ Yeah, I guess that's my church ♪

♪ Hey can I get a

♪ Hallelujah

♪ Can I get an amen

♪ Feels like the Holy Ghost runnin' through ya ♪

♪ When I play the highway FM

♪ And I find my, said I find my soul ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Yeah, I guess that's my church ♪

♪ Yeah I guess that's my church ♪

(audience applauds)

Y'all got the whole gospel reference thing now?

One of my favorites.

I wanna thank y'all for having me.

This has been so fun.

(audience applauds)

I realized maybe fourth song in

just hit me that I get to do this for a living

and I love that music finds us where we are

so thank you to everyone who is watching.

Never give up on your dreams.

You're next blessing is right around the corner

if you dare to dream it.

This next song, my last song

is called Old Soul.

It's actually my single.

It is being played across the country on country radio

which I could not have imagined would be happening.

It's about the kinda love that endures and lasts forever

and I know we have the person in our life

who loves us no matter if we're high or low

or things are going really great

or they're not going really great.

I know I have people in my life

whom I consider my old souls.

The chorus says this ain't about rock and roll

this ain't gasoline on fire.

In other words, this is not temporary

it's not momentary, this is forever.

And for me I have that kind of relationship with music

and with my family.

This is Old Soul.

One, two, three, four.

("Old Soul" by Spensha Baker)

One more time.

Can we give it up

for these amazing musicians one more time, please?

(audience applauds)

♪ We've been around and around

♪ And around and around like a record ♪

♪ And baby you know every line

♪ Every scratch, every note, every groove ♪

♪ There's not a song not a sound in the world ♪

♪ We ain't made together

♪ And it still moves me the way that you move ♪

♪ This ain't about rock and roll ♪

♪ This ain't gasoline on fire

♪ We're gonna burn down slow

♪ Baby just take your time

♪ You've got a hold on me

♪ You're all I need, I need to get by ♪

♪ I want that old soul

♪ Give me that old soul tonight ♪

♪ Ooh, some things get better the longer they weather ♪

♪ And I think we prove it

♪ Just like this bottle of red

♪ And those blue jeans you left on the floor ♪

♪ And I wanna memorize you

♪ If it takes me a lifetime to do it ♪

♪ And keep waking up deeper in love ♪

♪ Than I was before

♪ This ain't about rock and roll ♪

♪ This ain't gasoline on fire

♪ We're gonna burn down slow

♪ Baby just take your time

♪ You've got a hold on me

♪ You're all I need, I need to get by ♪

♪ I want that old soul

♪ Give me that old soul tonight ♪

♪ Hoo

♪ Mmm yeah

♪ 'Cause this ain't about rock and roll ♪

♪ Ain't gasoline on fire

♪ Love is a long sweet road

♪ So baby let's take our time

♪ This ain't about rock and roll ♪

♪ This ain't gasoline on fire

♪ So baby just take your time

♪ You've got a hold me

♪ You're all I need, I need to get by ♪

♪ I want that old soul

♪ Give me that old soul tonight ♪

♪ Hoo

♪ I want that old soul tonight

♪ 'Cause this ain't about rock and roll ♪

♪ Mmm

(audience applauds)

Thank you so much.

[Announcer] Ladies and gentlemen, Spensha Baker!

(audience applauds)

(upbeat country music)

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