Over the first six seasons of NBC’s “The Voice,” country star Blake Shelton dominated the other coaches by winning three times. However, first season champ Adam Levine (Maroon 5) rallied to win again in the fifth cycle. Usher is the reigning winner but is no longer on the program.
Each of the four has selected a dozen contenders for their teams. Beginning on Monday, October 13, the 48 hopefuls will do battle, hoping to make it to the knockout round or be saved by another coach.
We are profiling all four dozen contestants prior to that, with those of Team Blake’s 12 hopefuls below.
After reading about each, be sure to vote in our poll as to who has the best chance of winning “The Voice” for Shelton for the fourth time.
Allison Bray – Although she wasn’t able to get a chair to turn during her Season 6 audition, Allison has been working hard on refining her sound, gigging as often as she can with her new band. She’s hoping the work she’s done will be enough to show her family that her dream of becoming a singer is more than just a hobby. Her audition song was “Merry Go Round.”
Bree Fondacaro – Her parents met through their passion for music and passed down their love of it to Bree. She’s auditioning to honor her parents, and she hopes to achieve the dream they all share. Her audition song was “It Ain’t Me Babe.”
Craig Wayne Boyd – Craig started singing and playing guitar at the age of four. At the age of 25, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Though he’s played over 1,000 shows in the past 10 years, Craig has never quite made it. His audition song was “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.”
Fernanda Bosch – Fernanda’s Venezuelan family instilled a love of music and dancing in her from a very young age. However, she only recently started singing with a church group, where she discovered that music might be more than a pastime but rather a viable career for her. Her audition song was “I Try.”
Grant Ganzer – Grant has been singing and playing guitar since the age of five. Now that he’s older, he’s decided that he wants to pursue music as a career, but has found that opportunities available to him in suburban Iowa are few and far between. His audition song was “Unaware.”
James David Carter – James had a successful football career growing up, but a serious injury his senior year dashed his dreams of playing in college. After the accident, singing was initially something he did for fun, but he realized he was a natural talent and hasn’t looked back. His audition song was “Nobody Knows.”
John Martin – John’s father trained him on guitar and piano at a very young age. Since then, music has always been one of John’s strengths. He wanted to pursue music in college but had to leave school in order to help his family. He currently works as a forklift operator in Chicago. His audition song was “Sweet Pea.”
Justin Johnes – Justin was inspired to start singing by his parents, who are both musicians. Although he is the youngest artist to make a team this season, he’s been able to grow a notable fan base on YouTube. His audition song was “Let Her Go.”
Kensington Moore – Kensington grew up in Kentucky singing country music, and her parents relocated the family to Nashville to help her pursue her dream. Kensington recently changed musical direction from country to pop. Her audition song was “Love Runs Out.”
Reagan James – Reagan’s biggest musical influence is her stepdad. A guitar teacher and cover band singer, he taught Reagan how to play guitar. She’s been gigging while attending high school for the last couple of years. Her audition song was “Give Me Love.”
Tanner Linford – Although Tanner missed making a team last season, he’s continued to work on his craft. Upon returning home, there was an outpouring of support for him all over town. Tanner has been gigging at numerous events, including his high school prom. His audition song was “When You Say Nothing At All.”
Taylor Brashears – Taylor was born into a creative family in Nashville and started pursuing music after seeing the band Nickel Creek in concert. She learned violin and ukulele and joined an alternative country band. While she carves out a career in music, she makes ends meet working in a food truck. Her audition song was “You Ain’t Woman Enough.”
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