Trae Patton/NBCThe new season of The Voice hasn’t even started yet, but all the scenes featuring the mentors working with each coach’s team have already been recorded. Stevie Nicks, whom you’ll see working with Adam Levine‘s team this season, says she became so attached to the contestants, she feels like their mom.

“I feel very invested in these kids,” Nicks says in the current issue of OUT magazine. “I feel like I have sent 12 children into the world…they are so nervous that you are nervous for them.”

Asked about the advice she gave the contestants, Stevie reveals, “The best thing I actually said to all of them was, ‘No matter what happens after this, just this day, never forget about it. It’s a dream come true. Take everything that happens today and tomorrow with you for the rest of your life and just totally dig on it, and tell everybody the story…because these kinds of times never come again.'”

As for whether or not she and Lindsey Buckingham would have auditioned for The Voice had it been around in their pre-Fleetwood Mac days, when they were a struggling duo, Nicks laughs and says, “I would have dragged Lindsey kicking and screaming. However, yes, we would have. If that was the only way we could get our music across, then no doubt.”

She adds, “He would have hated it, but he would have done it. I would have said, ‘There is no backing out of this — this is the way it is going to be.’ Because one time somebody might see you and say, ‘That girl should be in my movie’ or ‘That guy should be in the next Geico commercial,’ right?”

Stevie’s new solo album, 24 Karat Gold, arrives October 7. It’s a collection of songs she wrote between 1969 and 1987, but never recorded. She tells OUT that her favorite is “Mabel Normand,” about a real-life 1920s silent movie star who was a cocaine addict, as Nicks herself was. Normand died in part from her addiction, so Stevie wrote the song as a kind of cautionary tale.

“I wanted it to be something that somebody having a problem with drugs can sit down and listen to 5,000 times,” she says. “Try to let it be an epiphany for you, 18-year-old person that is doing a lot of coke and smoking heroin and taking ecstasy and is on a dead-end road to hell…I want them to hear the word ‘cocaine’ and think ‘brain hemorrhage, beauty gone, lines, aging, fat.'”

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