'The Voice' on NBC: Where are the previous winners of the singing competition now?
'The Voice' is an international reality television singing competition franchise. It is based on the reality singing competition 'The Voice of Holland', which was originally created by Dutch producer John de Mol and Dutch singer Roel van Velzen. Over the years, 'The Voice' has become one of the most popular shows, not just in the United States but all over the world. In the show, contestants are selected through public auditions and trained by a panel of four coaches who guide and critique their performances in an attempt to discover the next great voice.
Its unique format features five stages: the Blind Auditions - where the judges listen to the contestant with their backs turned. If they are impressed with a contestant's skills, they can press the buzzer and select the contestant. The Battle Rounds - once sorted in teams, coaches pair similar-styled contestants and give them a duet to perform, after which they select one of the contestants. The Knockouts - The contestants in teams are again paired with each other but they have the liberty to choose their own song and sing independently. The coach decides who won the round and the other contestant gets eliminated. Other judges can steal contestants who get rejected in this round. The Playoffs - Like the name suggests, open competition and audience's votes weigh in, in this segment. And finally, Live Performance Shows - the finale!
Here, we take a look at the show's past winners to see where they are now.
Javier Colon (Season 1)
After becoming the inaugural winner, Colon toured with Maroon 5, Gavin Degraw, and Colbie Caillat. His first single, 'Stitch by Stitch', debuted at #17 on Billboard's Hot 200. In addition, Javier writes his own music, constantly keeping himself open to inspiration. A family man, he keeps his wife and daughters close to his heart at all times and often writes about them. Javier isn't simply following anyone else's path; he's making his own way. Colon also composed the theme for HGTV's '100 Day Dream Home'.
Jermainne Paul (Season 2)
Winner of the second edition, former back-up singer of Alicia Keys and a two-time Grammy-nominated artist, Jermaine Paul has been brewing in the entertainment industry for years. His music embraces the ensemble of rock, soul, rhythm and blues, teaching us love, pain and groove unlike any other music mix of our time. Jermaine released his single 'Working Sista' from his album 'Make Love Save The World' in 2015.
In a recent Instagram post, Jermaine, who cherishes his life, confessed, "There were years that I was gone months at a time on the road, traveling, singing to make ends meet."
Cassadee Pope (Season 3)
Pope won 'The Voice' in season 3. She released several singles and one album, 'Frame by Frame', in 2013 before taking a lengthy hiatus. In 2018, she released the songs 'Take You Home' and 'One More Red Light.' She released an album called 'Stages' in 2019 and another called 'Rise and Shine' in 2020.
Danielle Bradbery (Season 4)
Danielle Bradberry has come a long way since kickstarting her career at the tender age of 16. She spent the last decade honing her artistry and skill and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Diplo, Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Nick Jonas, and more.
Tessanne Chin (Season 5)
Chin was crowned winner of 'The Voice' in season 5. After taking the title, she was selected to perform during the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2015. Since then, she's gone on to marry Brandon Crooks. The pair share a daughter named Zaia, whom they welcomed in February 2020. Chin hasn't released new music in several years, but is active on YouTube.
Josh Kauffman (Season 6)
Kauffman won 'The Voice' in season 6 and went on to find success on Broadway, performing in 'Home for the Holidays' in 2017. He has since moved to Indiana with his wife, Jennifer Myer, and their five children. He's a member of a band called The New Etiquette and does some performances and music lessons, according to his Instagram.
Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7)
After 'The Voice', Boyd went on to record 'Top Shelf', a 13-track album, in 2017. He also created the band Texas Hill with country artists Casey James and Adam Wakefield in 2019, per Taste of Country. Their first single 'Darkest Sky' was released in 2020, and the band also toured with it later.
As for Boyd's personal life, 'The Voice' winner had his fifth baby with his wife Taylor in the spring of 2021.
Sawyer Fredericks (Season 8)
Fredricks won 'The Voice' in season 8 and has since severed ties with Republic Records and Mick Management to work independently as an artist. In 2018, he released an album called 'Hide Your Ghost'. Since then, he's been touring in person and virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also released another album, 'Flowers For You', in 2020.
Jordan Smith (Season 9)
Smith, who won 'The Voice' in season 9, was named the best-selling artist in the show's history. He's released three albums, with the most recent coming out in 2018. Although he hasn't released a full-length album in some time, he did put out a new song called 'Angels We Have Heard' in October 2020. He has also started giving sessions as a vocal coach to whoever wants to get better at singing.
Alisan Porter (Season 10)
Alisan Porter, the child star who captured moviegoers’ hearts in the 1991 comedy 'Curly Sue' before going on to win 'The Voice' 25 years later, is getting married, she revealed in an Instagram post on Sunday.
Porter announced she and dancer Justin de Vera had gotten engaged with a series of photos and a video she posted when the couple attended a David Gray concert in Los Angeles. She has a baby and also offers vocal coaching sessions.
Sundance Head (Season 11)
After winning 'The Voice' in season 11, Head's record deal with Republic Records was shelved while they looked for a partner for him. He eventually signed with Wildcatter Records in 2018 and released the album 'Stained Glass & Neon' in 2019. He continues to perform music live across the US and has finally come up with his new album, called 'Staring Again'.
Chris Blue (Season 12)
The Knoxville singer, songwriter and Season 12 winner of 'The Voice' ended 2019 with his first EP, 'Fresh Start,' and Christmas mini-album 'One Light.' Blue was looking forward to releasing even more music and headlining shows in the new year, but 2020 didn't go as planned, to say the least. Her new ep is called 'The Chris Blue Project'. The first single, 'Back 2 The Future,' came out in 2020. The EP was due to follow in spring 2021, he said. Chris is married happily to Steph Blue. They have a daughter together.
Chloe Kohanski (Season 13)
In 2019, Chloe changed her stage name to Chloe MK (stylized in lowercase as chloe mk) and went on tour with artist Sizzy Rocket. She also started putting out new music, starting with the single 'To Be Young.' The same year, she put out an EP titled 'Fantasy'. Chloe independently released a full-length album called 'All the Same All OK'. The singer shared in an interview that she’ll be releasing music through her new vanity label Special Baby. She also talked about her journey to becoming a more independent artist.
Brynn Cartelli (Season 14)
Cartelli won 'The Voice' in 2018 and signed with Republic Records. She left the label before the deal expired and signed with Atlantic Records. Cartelli was working with the label on her debut album and had released four singles, including 'Last Night's Mascara' and 'Grow Young.' She has finally come out with her own album, called 'Girl Code'.
Chevel Shepherd (Season 15)
After winning 'The Voice', Shepherd went on to open for Maroon 5 during their 2019 tour. She has also released four singles, including one called 'The Letter'. Shepherd graduated high school amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and continues to perform her music.
Maelyn Jarmon (Season 16)
After winning the crown at 'The Voice' grand finale, Maelyn Jarmon has admitted on social media that she's had a hard time navigating her career. She had a lot of plans for 2020, including the release of new songs, but the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have put a spanner in the works. Nonetheless, Maelyn is clearly more motivated than ever to make things happen now. She recently got married to longtime boyfriend Johnny Murrel.
Jake Hoot (Season 17)
After winning 'The Voice', Hoot returned home and continued working on his music. He has released several singles, including a song called 'I Would've Loved You' with Kelly Clarkson in 2021. Hoot is a dedicated father to a little girl and got engaged in September 2020 to Brittney Cole Hoot.
Todd Tilghman (Season 18)
The pastor, father and country music singer has been releasing music and working on new projects since winning the competition. Tilghman became the oldest winner of 'The Voice' during season 18. His win came amid the coronavirus pandemic, which meant he wasn't able to get out and perform much after the victory was announced. Tilghman dropped his latest song 'Home Wasn’t Built in a Day' on September 9.
Carter Rubin (Season 19)
The season 19 'The Voice' winner returned home after being crowned and got to work on some new music. He also continued to focus on school. He teased plans to release an album, but did not set a date. He is an active Youtuber, with songs coming out every Thursday.
Cam Anthony (Season 20)
From talk shows to releasing new music and performing at sporting events, Cam has kept busy after his stint on the show. This gifted singer still has a large and loyal fan following. Anthony thanked his coach, Blake Shelton, for letting him explore his artistic journey and allowing him to have as much fun with it as possible. He is currently signed with Republic Records and dropped his latest single on July 15, called 'Keep It Between Us'.