Maelyn Jarmon is the winner of season 16 of NBC's "The Voice" but the reality hasn't quite set in yet.
"You know I'm oddly relaxed right now, I don't think it's quite hit me," Jarmon said, less than 24 hours after the win.
The 26-year-old from Frisco was the named the winner on the show's season finale Tuesday night.
"There was more confetti than I ever thought could be possible in the world," she recalled. "I was in that moment thinking, 'remember this, like this only happens once.'"
Jarmon sang Sting's "Fields of Gold" for her blind audition, and all four judges turned their chairs around. Jarmon selected Team Legend, and was the only contestant left who was not on Team Blake.
She grew up in North Texas, but moved to New York with her parents when she was 17 years old to pursue musical theater on Broadway, according to "The Voice" website. After four years of trying theater, Jarmon decided to focus on creating original music.
Two of the final four contestants were from North Texas, Jarmon and Andrew Sevener, who is from Alvarado.
She says she wouldn't be where she is without the love and support of the people in North Texas.
"I think I have the Texas kindness deep in my soul," she said. "And I have in my voice, always a little twang you can't get rid of that."
For her final performance Jarmon gave a chilling performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
Rather than feel the pressure, Jarmon says she tried to make a connection.
"As long as you are genuine and try to make an impression, rather than try to be impressive, it will get your so much further," she said.
While her life changed in an instant, she knows it's just the beginning. "There's still a lot of hard work ahead of me and I know it," she said.
And Jarmon has advice for anyone trying to follow their dreams.
"You have to persevere, you have to keep going," she said. "There's always something out there for you, but you have to be willing to take the risks."