Just like American Idol, The Voice has jumpstarted the careers of some incredibly talented musicians (Think: season 3’s Cassadee Pope has recorded with country singer Chris Young). And whether success has meant touring with mega-stars like Kelly Clarkson or Kane Brown, or releasing certified Platinum music, these The Voice alums have garnered major success. So, what exactly are these musicians up to now?
Singer-songwriter Javier Colon was named the very first winner of The Voice in 2011, with Adam Levine as his coach. He has had quite the career ever since, releasing his third album Come Through For You just after the competition. Colon signed with Concord Music Group in 2014 and released another album, Gravity, two years later in 2016. He currently posts covers of popular songs on his YouTube channel.
During the live finale in the second season of The Voice, Team Blake’s Jermaine Paul sang R Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” which would later reach #83 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His season-two win projected him to release eight singles he sang on the show.
Team Blake’s Cassadee Pope was the first female winner of The Voice. After the show, she continued her previously developed music career and released her first solo album, Frame by Frame, with Republic Nashville in 2013. The following year, she toured alongside Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley, which gained her even more fame.
She has since released two additional studio albums, Stages in 2019 and Rise and Shine in 2020, as well as two EPs, Cassadee Pope (2012) and Summer (2016). Notably, Pope also has two certified Platinum singles, one of which she recorded with country artist Chris Young. Today, she continues to record music and perform live across the U.S.
Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery took home the show’s season four win as a country performer. She signed to Big Machine Records after her win and released her first studio album, Danielle Bradbery in 2013. Bradbery released her other studio album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, in 2017.
Since her win on The Voice, she has also toured with Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett and even Brad Paisley. She has also been nominated for two CMT Music Awards, one American Country Countdown Award and two Academy of Country Music Awards.
Season five’s winner, Tessanne Chin, has led a successful music career since her Team Adam win in 2013. She has recorded with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, performed for former U.S. President Barack Obama, appeared on the Billboard 200 chart for her album Count On My Love, and even co-headlined with Shaggy for a benefit concert. Chin gave birth to her daughter in 2019.
Team Usher’s Joshua Kaufman took home the winning crown on season six of The Voice. After the season ended, pop rock singer Kaufman returned to his hometown of Indianapolis, where he performed at the Indy Jazz Fest and the Indiana State Fair, both in 2014. In 2017, he sang in Home For the Holidays, Live on Broadway on Broadway. He currently sings with his band The New Etiquette and lives in Indianapolis with his wife and five children.
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Dallas native and country artist Craig Wayne Boyd took home The Voice crown in 2014 with Team Blake. Best known for his song performances of classic country artists, such as Travis Tritt and Johnny Cash, Boyd went on to sign with Universal Republic and Dot Records after he won. In 2017, he signed with Copperline Music Group. He has played at the Grand Ole Opry, released three studio albums, and led his very own U.S. tours with his band Texas Hill.
Sawyer Fredericks won season eight with guidance from coach Pharrell Williams. As a folk singer, Fredericks went on to release one EP and three albums after his win. In 2017, his original song “Silent World” appeared in Netflix’s Longmire. The year after, a cover of his song “This Fire” appeared in Code Black.
Through his music, Fredericks has also raised money for Louisiana flood relief, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among other causes. He continues to record music and tour today.
Team Adam took home a win for season 9 with singer Jordan Smith. After winning the season, Smith went on to sign with Republic Records and release three albums. His music is known for its raw lyrics and uniquely orchestrated musical notes. One of his most popular singles, “Standing In The Light,” features violin, piano and guitar and touches on his confidence in accepting who he is. Smith currently lives with his wife and two dogs, Jagger and Jane.
Season 10’s winner, Alisan Porter, has been busy since she won the show with Christina Aguilera in 2016. She has released three albums and an EP but has also stepped away from music to address her issues with alcohol and drugs. She also started her own blog for mothers, had two children and contributed as a writer to movmnt magazine. She considers herself still active in music, and she works as a vocal coach.
In 2016, Sundance Head won the eleventh season of The Voice with Blake Shelton as his coach. Before then, he appeared on season six of American Idol but was eliminated from the top 16 contestants. Head is currently signed with Wildcatter Records and has an upcoming tour.
At 27 years old, The Voice contestant Chris Blue won the show’s twelfth season under Alicia Keys’ guidance. Before the show, Blue grew up in Tennessee, where he sang in church and worked as a worship leader. Since his big win, Blue has released four singles and 12 songs from the show. He has also hosted shows across the country, including Las Vegas.
Rocker Chloe Kohanski won season 13 of The Voice, and her winning coach was Blake Shelton. Since her 2013 win, Kohanski has changed her name to Chloe MK. In 2019, she released her EP, Fantasy under Republic Records.
Kelly Clarkson coached season 14’s winner, Brynn Cartelli. The show awarded her a record deal with Republic Records, but Cartelli later signed with Atlantic Records. She opened for Clarkson’s tour in 2019 and has since released singles, “Long Way Home” and “If I Could.” Most recently, she released her first EP, Based on a True Story.
In 2018, Team Kelly took home another win with contestant Chevel Shepherd. Shepherd’s single “Broken Hearts” hit number 24 on the US Country chart in 2018, shortly after the season ended. In 2019, Shepherd opened for Maroon 5 on their Red Pill Blues Tour. Shepherd still sings, but she has not recorded any albums since her win on The Voice. She has, however, starred on-screen in the 2020 movie WIldfire.
After winning season 16 of The Voice, Team Legend’s Maelyn Jarmon was signed to Republic Records. She released an EP titled The Voice: The Complete Season 16 Collection in 2019, but little is known about her music since then.
In 2019, country singer Jake Hoot won The Voice under the instruction and mentorship of Kelly Clarkson. He rose to country fame for his performances of “Every Light in the House” by Trace Adkins and “That Ain’t My Truck” by Rhett Akins. In 2020, Hoot performed at the Grand Ole Opry. He has also released his own EP titled Love Out of Time.
Another Team Blake winner, Todd Tilghman took home the big win in The Voice‘s eighteenth season. Today, he has his own band, album (In a Heartache), book (Every Little Win), and Spotify station. On the show, Tilghman’s popularity grew for his pastoral singing. He mainly sings in churches, but he has also performed on local news stations, schools and more.
15-year-old Carter Rubin took The Voice crown in 2020. Gwen Stefani was his couch, and throughout the season, he sang a variety of big hits, including Lauren Daigle’s “You Say,” Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” His adorable nature and strong voice gained him wide success, and today he makes his own music at home and in various studios across the country.
At just 19 years old, Cam Anthony won the latest The Voice competition under Blake Shelton’s guidance. Before the show, Anthony started his music career on YouTube, resulting in Dr. Dre signing him to record at age 12, according to NBC. He has been actively pursuing music since 2013, and he now has plans to sing at the Wawa Welcome American Fourth of July concert in Philadelphia, his native city.