'The Voice' champ Brynn Cartelli reveals how Kelly Clarkson's 'American Idol' experience helped her win

Brynn Cartelli revealed how her coach Kelly Clarkson's experience of winning "American Idol" helped mold their strategy that helped her win season 14 of "The Voice" this year. 

Speaking exclusively with AOL.com's Gibson Johns the day after becoming the show's youngest-ever champion at age 15, Cartelli said that Clarkson used her first single as inspiration in choosing Brynn's winning original song.

"Our strategy was to get a song to bridge me from who I was on the show to who I’ll be as an artist after the show," Brynn said. "That was what her strategy was [on 'American Idol'] and how she became successful. Her song was 'A Moment Like This' and she was like, ‘Listen, I love that song. It wasn’t very me, but it did what it needed to do to get me where I am today.' That’s what I hope 'Walk My Way' does for me."

Kelly famously won the first season of "American Idol" back in 2002 and has since gone on to become one of the show's most successful contestants ever.

Brynn's first single, "Walk My Way," was easily the best original song of the four finalists this season and was written by Top 40 hitmakers Julia Michaels, Nick Monson and Justin Tranter, who Kelly personally got on board to write the tune for Brynn.

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'The Voice' season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli
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THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 1419B -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 1419B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brynn Cartelli, Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 1419B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brynn Cartelli, Britton Buchanan -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode 1418B -- Pictured: (l-r) Britton Buchanan, Brynn Cartelli, Spensha Baker, Kyla Jade -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 1419A -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 1419A -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semi Finals' Episode 1418A -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 10' Episode 1417B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brynn Cartelli, Kaleb Lee, Jackie Foster, Britton Buchanan, Rayshun Lamarr, Kyla Jade, Spensha Baker, Pryor Baird -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 10' Episode 1417A -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 1416B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brynn Cartelli, Kaleb Lee -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1415B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brynn Cartelli, Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1415A -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Knockout Rounds' -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Blind Auditions' -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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"I had the option of using one of my own songs or working with writers," Brynn explained of how the original song selection process worked. "Kelly had some writers lined up for me in case I didn’t want to do one of my originals, and I almost did one of my own, but I kept thinking that when it’s my original music, I want it under my name. It’s great to have 'The Voice' on there, but I’d rather it come from my own album. Kelly had some great writers lined up, and, listening to the demo, I had a million ideas how to make it my own and that whole experience of recording it was really magical."

Another crucial lesson that Brynn has taken from Kelly is her coach's natural ability to be herself despite occasional pressure to mold to the industry's expectations of who she should be, and that's something that Brynn hopes she can do as she embarks on her music career.

"I’m a goofball. I’m a hot mess most of the time -- not even a hot mess! I’m a mess. I’m really still that. When I picked up the phone with you, I had a french fry hanging out of my mouth," she said with a laugh. "That’s still me and that’s always going to be me. Kelly has taught me that: She’s a goofball and seeing her pull it off and continue with her craziness really inspires me and shows that I don’t have to change who I am. You just have to be nice to everyone! It sounds so cliche, but it’s really so true."

And Kelly didn't just talk the talk when it came to making sure that Brynn felt comfortable being herself on "The Voice" this season. As Brynn explained to us, the "Love So Soft" singer, who won her inaugural season this year, perfectly towed the line between guiding her path and letting her pave her own way.

"Everything aligned with our relationship. She let me do what I wanted to do a lot and she trusted me with my instincts and went long with it and supported me and coached me," Bryann said. "It’s been really fun to work with her, and she’s given me so much advice on the industry and writing and piecing songs together. She’s really making sure that I’m happy with everything that’s happening, because she doesn’t want to overstep and do too much. She’s doing an amazing job of being there for me, but not being too controlling."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Kelly Clarkson attends Taste for a Cure at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Kelly Clarkson attends UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Hosts 23rd Annual 'Taste for a Cure' Event Honoring President of Alternative and Reality Group for NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 23: Kelly Clarkson attends NBC's 'The Voice' Season 14 taping on April 23, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images for NBC)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Playoffs' Episode 1414B -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 651 -- Pictured: Singer Kelly Clarkson during an interview on February 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Kelly Clarkson visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on February 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NBC)
THE VOICE -- 'Knockout Rounds' -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Kelly Clarkson arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Brandon Blackstock (L) and recording artist Kelly Clarkson attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Kelly Clarkson attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party in association with V Magazine on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images )
THE VOICE -- 'Battle Rounds' -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Singer Kelly Clarkson attends the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for dcp)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Vocalist Kelly Clarkson attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 10: Kelly Clarkson attends the KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at TD Garden on December 10, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Singer Kelly Clarkson arrives at the Billboard Women In Music 2017 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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