Do you think that that kind of response speaks to the maturity that each of you in The Collective has because of your individual experience as solo artists?

Yeah. Maybe. I think it does have a little bit to do with it and just the fact that we’ve never been judged before. None of us collectively have ever really done competitions, and a lot of these groups are like college groups that they go around and compete. That’s what they do. And so for us, maybe it’s a little bit of naiveté. Maybe we’re a little ignorant. We don’t know what it’s like to be judged and so we’re more . . . we’re less scared of it. So I think our naiveté is on our side and can be used to our advantage. Even going in to these competitions and going in to the episodes, we forget often that we are in a competition because we’re really just hanging on by the seat of our pants. We don’t really know what our talent is. We just know the works that we’ve done and the creativity, our own creative spin on it, and that’s kind of what we’re going by. So yeah, I think that’s where most of the nerves come from is that whole part of it.

What’s it been like working with the host of The Sing-Off, Nick Lachey, and had you ever met him before?

I did. And I reminded him of it. He is the nicest person on the show. He would come and just talk to us in between commercial breaks, and he’s just the greatest. So during one of the commercial breaks he came over, and I was like, “We’ve done a show together.” And he’s like, “ Really?” And I sang on Miss Teen USA with him, and it was 2001. I sang “Live for You” during the swimsuit competition [chuckles] which was so hilarious. And he sang, 98 Degrees actually sang, they sang on a different segment on the show. And he remembered actually. He remembered the whole event, so that was cool to remind him of that.

Can you talk about any of the songs you’ve already had to perform so far on The Sing-Off?

We’re not allowed to say. I’m sorry. It’s so hard.

What do you hope that this experience on The Sing-Off means for you personally or for your career?

I know that during the taping and stuff it’s been really cool to just be able to talk to these college kids, because a lot of them are in college. Some of them are more our age, but even then it’s been really cool to just share my experience with them, just kind of during the week, behind the scenes . . . because they are all just so precious and just coming out of high school and they love music and they don’t all know about Nashville and about even L.A. But I think Nashville represents a group of artists who are making it without “making it” . . . without having to be “Hollywood” and be super famous. You don’t have to be super famous to do music for a living, and they don’t know about independent music and stuff. So it was cool to be able to share my heart about music and then obviously I even got chances to pray with a lot of the kids that you know weren’t really normally doing that or weren’t really wanting to. And people go through some pretty hard stuff on the show, and there’s a lot of pressure and a lot of stress.

So it was cool to just share the Lord in certain ways. In some ways . . . yes, some ways were more obvious and evident than others, but even just to come with the love of Christ, to walk in this situation like that I just felt that power, that certain thing inside of me that God was giving me to be able to be a light and the strength to shine it to such a stressful little world. And then on a bigger level, just through the show actually being aired and stuff . . . it’s one of those things I said “yes” to, and it’s a new opportunity. If it reminds old fans of mine that I’m back and that I’m putting out new music, then that’ll be great for that. And if it’s about gaining new fans and showing new fans about Christian music and about independent music with the other people in my group, then that’ll be a great benefit from that.

And beyond the music on the show, we hope that . . . one of our priorities was that we would communicate these songs and not just perform them and sing them, but really communicate something deeper on a deeper level. And so I hope that that comes through. And it’s really hard on these shows. You get like a minute and a half, maybe two minutes, to sing and so as artists that was our biggest battle . . . now that we’ve done all the technical stuff, let’s really share this song. So we hope that through just musically and through our songs we’ll be able to touch people and move people, and that’s the most pressure we can take on. God will do the rest. He’ll plant seeds and do the rest. We’re just trying to be genuine about our songs and see what happens.