Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has been the winning coach on “The Voice” twice before, for the first and fifth seasons. Will he be able to make a comeback for the fall season just underway of the Emmy-winning reality program? Having been on since the beginning, the new season marks his ninth time on the NBC show. He once again competes against four-time winning coach Blake Shelton, reigning champ Pharrell Williams, and Gwen Stefani, who is still looking for her first victory.
Each of the four coaches selected a dozen contenders for their teams during the recent blind auditions. Starting on Monday, the artists will begin the battle rounds, knocking out many of the contestants right away.
We are now profiling all four dozen artists, continuing with those of Team Adam’s members below. After reading about each, be sure to vote in our poll as to who has the best chance of winning “The Voice” for Levine this season. Click here for the Team Pharrell preview, and watch for more preview items later this week. You can also click here for the Team Adam photo gallery. And please click here to tour the past eight winners photo gallery.
Amanda Ayala – From Mahopac, NY.
Growing up listening to Pat Benatar and Joan Jett with her mom, Amanda started performing at age three and started her own rock band at age 12. They played at restaurants and school talent shows and even booked a huge gig in New York City. Although that band broke up, Amanda quickly put together a new band, and they’ve been together ever since. Her audition song was “Mississippi Queen.”
Andi and Alex – From Green Bay, WI.
Andi & Alex are twin sisters whose parents met in a country band. Even though their parents divorced when they were young, their mom continued to tour all over Wisconsin and would bring the girls on stage to sing harmonies with her. They moved to Australia for college where they formed a band and even released an album. Their audition song was “Thank You.”
Cassandra Robertson – From Dallas, TX.
Cassandra grew up with gospel singing parents and would sing with her 11 siblings as part of “The Cleveland Clan.” Cassandra eventually left the family band to focus on raising her son but still tried to work as a musician whenever she could. She had some success as a background singer for stars like Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Barry Manilow and Patti LaBelle, but it was hard to juggle family and life as a background singer. Her audition song was “Ghost.”
Chance Pena – From Tyler, TX.
Chance comes from a family of entrepreneurs. His parents own a fitness center, and his younger brother started his own skateboard company. Seeing his family succeed at their dreams gave Chance the motivation to pursue music. He got his first guitar when he was only eight years old and recently purchased a banjo. At the encouragement of his father, Chance began to open for a local musician and started to book his own gigs. His audition song was “I See Fire.”
Dustin Monk – From Jacksonville, FL.
Growing up, it was just Dustin and his single mother. Feeling the pressure to be the man of the house, Dustin escaped to writing music as a way for him to de-stress. At the age of 20, he moved to Jacksonville and started a pop punk band. They toured across the United States for over seven years, but never made it big. Eventually, Dustin decided to pursue a more stable career and now works as a barber. His audition song was “Bright Lights.”
James Dupre – From Bayou Chicot, LA.
James’ parents always believed in his musical talent and encouraged him to work hard at it. He started a family young and followed in his father’s footsteps as a paramedic. But music kept calling him and he eventually gave up his career to pursue a music full time. James has had some small successes, appearing on TV shows and performing around the world. His audition song was “Let Her Cry.”
Jordan Smith – From Harlan, KY.
Jordan has a very unique voice – it is so high pitched that he’s often mistaken for a woman on the phone – and as a kid, he dealt with self-esteem issues and always had trouble fitting in. Jordan grew up in a musical family. His father was a professional pianist and his mother is a singer, so making the decision to pursue singing at Lee University. His audition song was “Chandelier.”
Keith Semple – From Chicago, IL.
Hailing from Larne in Northern Ireland, Keith discovered he could sing when he performed for his Grannie’s 100th birthday party and he never looked back. Starting in a band, he eventually struck out on his own, touring around Europe as a solo artist. An invite to front a Chicago-based band brought him to the States, where he currently lives with his wife and two-year-old daughter. His audition song was “I’ll Be There For You.”
Manny Cabo – From Elizabeth, NJ.
Manny played baseball when he was a kid and pitched for his high school team. It wasn’t until he joined a band on a whim in college that he started to focus on music. Manny has been in several bands since then, but has never found one that was the perfect fit for his eclectic style. Manny now has a nine-year-old daughter and supplements his income from the band working as a fashion photographer. His audition song was “Here I Go Again.”
Regina Love – From Atlanta, GA.
Regina comes from a rich musical background. Her mother was a member of a gospel group and part of the first African American radio station, WDIA, in 1948. Her father was a singer in the local quartet, and all 12 of her brothers and sisters are also singers. Four of them formed a family group, The New Spiritual Wonders, touring the U.S. for 10 years. Eventually, Regina struck out on her own and moved to Atlanta where she signed to Evander Holyfield’s music label. Her audition song was “Rock Steady.”
Shelby Brown – From Elberta, AL.
Shelby got her start singing karaoke with her dad at a local bowling alley when she was 11 years old. From there, she took vocal lessons, joined her high school choir and participated in school talent shows. Last year, she decided to focus on music full-time and started homeschooling. Because she lives in a small town with a very limited music scene, her main outlet is still the bowling alley where she performs. Her audition song was “Stars.”
Viktor Kiraly – From Great Neck, NY.
Both of Viktor’s parents were musicians back in Hungary, but raised Viktor and his siblings in New York until he was 16 years old. Growing up, Viktor played drums in a few garage bands, but it wasn’t until he was back in his home country that he discovered his voice. He has had some commercial success as a singer in Hungary. His audition song was “What’s Going On.”
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