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'The Voice's Karla Davis: 'I've learned who I am as an artist'

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The Voice contestant Karla Davis has said she has grown as an artist since she turned down the opportunity to sign for a major label.

The acoustic country star told reporters on a conference call that she had secured meetings with several major labels in Nashville after taking part in a singing competition called the Colgate Country Showdown in 2009, but she didn't feel ready to go any further.

"The judges for that competition were all from major labels that were based out of Nashville and I basically got a meeting with every major in Nashville with their A&R guys," she recounted.

The Voice S02E04 - Blind Auditions - Karla Davis

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Davis added: "I literally had just started playing music, I had no idea what I was doing, and I was scared to death! I went into these meetings and honestly I didn't know enough about what I was doing to be able to commit to anything... Honestly, I think I just knew that I wasn't really to step into anything that big."

The singer continued to say that she knows now that was the right decision: "Looking back I know I wasn't ready to because Lord it scares me to death even now!"

As for why she thinks she is ready now, she said: "I think when you're kind of thrown into this industry you have to learn a lot really fast and I've learned who I am as an artist at this point. 

"Back then, I don't think I knew; I think I was just trying to get my foot in the door any way that I could. Now I've kind of learned a little bit more about guitar even though I have no idea what I'm doing! I still just play by ear and thank God that it works!

"I know who I am as an artist now and I know what I want and what I want to be. Every day I'm getting a little more confident."

Davis became a member of Adam Levine's team on Monday night (February 20) following her blind audition performance of 'If I Die Young' by The Band Perry.

The Voice airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC

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