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'The Voice's Sarah Golden: 'It would be cool to 'pop up' folk music'

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The Voice contestant Sarah Golden has said that she would like to "pop up" her folk music with the help of mentor Cee Lo Green.

The folk singer won the support of Cee Lo and fellow coach Blake Shelton with her blind audition performance of 'You And I' by Lady GaGa on Monday (February 13), and chose to work with the 'Forget You' singer.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call this week, she admitted that it had been a "tough" decision picking a mentor, but said that she is happy to be on Team Cee Lo.

The Voice S02E03 - Blind Auditions - Sarah Golden - Team Cee Lo

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> Sarah Golden: 'I wanted out of my comfort zone'

"I happened upon the show last year on TV and I didn't even know it was on, and I saw the concept and it totally blew me away and I thought, 'Oh my God, this is totally perfect', because it went right along with my life," she said.

"I saw Cee Lo working with Vicci [Martinez] and I thought, 'I bet he'd be pretty crazy'. He seems different, I'm kind of different. It just seemed like when I saw it a year ago - never thinking I would be on the show - I thought I would definitely take Cee Lo, I mean why wouldn't I?"

Watch Sarah Golden's audition below:



Golden continued to say that there were two main factors why she ultimately picked Team Cee Lo.

"One was that Cee Lo was totally crass and inappropriate and it went right along with my sarcastic sense of humour so I just thought we would totally mesh personality-wise!" she joked.

"Then the other was - and I don't know if it is an actual factor here, but it's just something that resonated in the back of my mind - that folk is so close to country. They are in the same kind of root, but I don't want to be country.

"I don't know that Blake would have ever pushed me to be a country artist, per se, but I think it would be very comfortable and easy to pick Blake and I wanted the challenge of stepping out of my comfort zone and saying, 'OK, what can we do with folk?' Because it's already unpopular as it is, it would be really cool to pop it up, if that makes sense."

The Voice Season 2 Coach Cee Lo Green

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Golden told reporters it was "crazy" watching her audition back because she had "blacked out" while on stage, describing the experience as "overwhelming".

During the call she also spoke about her musical influences, laughing: "They definitely vary, which I know is so cliché! But I do love everything."

"I would say my strong influences are along the lines of the Indigo Girls, not to be totally typecast into the lesbian card role, but I love Joan Osborne, I love Ani DiFranco. I also like a lot of Texas artists: Terri Hendrix, Trish Murphy. These are all singer-songwriters, female acoustic musicians that are just amazing in their own right," she said.

"A lot of folk I don't think get due credit because folk music is unfortunately not a popular genre. It's not that I've chosen to be a folk musician, because I know it's not popular, but it's just what comes out.

"So, in terms of what I'd like to be when I grow up, I guess, I'd love to just be able to continue to do what comes naturally and do an acoustic, songwriter, folk thing."

The Voice airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC

Watch Sarah Golden introduce herself below:



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