Can Pharrell Williams win "The Voice" for a second season in a row after guiding Sawyer Fredericks to victory last spring? In the just-launched ninth season, this third-time coach goes up against two men — Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — who have been with the Emmy-winning reality program since its start as well as sophomore team leader Gwen Stefani. Levine has mentored two winners while Shelton can boast of a quartet of champs. (Usher won the second of two times that he coached.)
During the blind auditions, each of the four coaches selected a dozen singers for their teams. Starting next Monday, the battle rounds begin and many of these 48 contestants will be leaving the competition.
We are profiling all four dozen contestants, starting with those on Team Pharrell below. After reading about each, be sure to vote in our poll as to who has the best chance of winning "The Voice" for Williams this season.
Watch for more preview items for the other coaches later this week. You can also click here for the Team Pharrell photo gallery. And please click here to tour the past eight winners photo gallery.
Amy Vachal – from Brooklyn, NY.
Amy went to college to pursue an art degree and played competitive lacrosse. During one of her games, she was badly injured and almost didn't graduate. Amy spent her time in recovery rediscovering her love for music. Once she was healthy again, she sold her paintings for a ticket to New York. Her audition song was "Dream a Little Dream of Me."
Celeste Betton – from Hinesville, GA.
Although Celeste has always been passionate about music, she hasn't always been able to pursue it as a career. While in college at Alabama A&M, she had to step away from joining the traveling choir when she became pregnant with her daughter. A few years later, Celeste started getting back into the music scene when her husband's military career moved them to New York. Her audition song was "Love You I Do."
Daria Jazmin – from Los Angeles, CA.
Daria is a first generation Chinese-American. She's the youngest of four girls, and grew up singing with them. After Daria graduated high school, she and her sisters formed a group, with Daria as the lead singer. Their first EP had some radio play, even though they were unsigned and unknown. The girls spent last year doing a radio tour, but not much came of it. Her audition song was "Dear Future Husband."
Darius Scott – from Atlanta, GA.
Darius' love for music and fashion has taken him to places far from home. He studied abroad in France, and worked in New York as a graphic designer for a fashion brand. Though he's always loved to sing, Darius had to put his passion on hold for two years when he was diagnosed with pericarditis. He's healthy now and working as a fashion buyer in Dallas. His audition song was "You Make Me Wanna."
Evan McKeel – from Richmond, VA.
Evan began to sing when he was five in the church choir, and learned to play guitar from his dad. By age 12, Evan was leading worship at church, and eventually, he branched out and began performing at bars and farmer's markets. Evan put ministry college on hold to focus on his music career. His audition song was "Typical."
Ivonne Acero – from Aguila, AZ.
Ivonne lives in a small farming town where the local cantaloupe farm is the main employer. Her father manages the farm and Ivonne works alongside him. She auditioned for Season 8, and although she didn't get a chair to turn, Pharrell said she had an enormous gift and all the coaches agreed that she should come back. Since that day, Ivonne has a newfound confidence and has been working with a vocal coach. Her audition song was "Style."
Jubal and Amanda – from Tulsa, OK.
As the son of famous outlaw country musician, Steve Young, Jubal grew up around country greats and started singing at a very young age. Amanda grew up singing in a trio with her sisters and currently works as a music teacher. When Jubal and Amanda met via an online dating site, their love of music was an instant connection, and they formed a duo shortly after. Their audition song was "Seven Bridges Road."
Madi Davis – from McKinney, TX.
Madi suffered from severe hearing loss as a child, which alienated her from others. At age seven, she underwent surgery and immediately started gaining confidence, thanks in part to her newfound love for singing. She decided to try out for The Children's Choir of Greater Dallas and performed with them all over Paris. Recently, Madi chose to focus on music and is now homeschooled. Her audition song was "It's Too Late."
Mark Hood – from Chicago, IL.
Mark comes from an eclectic background. He was heavily involved at his church as a child, as his father was a pastor and his mother taught gospel choir. When he wasn't leading the choir at his school, he worked as the vice president of the Future Farmers of America. Now, Mark works as an actor and has had guest spots on major network television shows. His audition song was "Use Me."
Riley Biederer – from Atlanta, GA.
Riley has always enjoyed singing, but her stage fright kept her from performing in public. As a young girl, she joined the cheerleading squad at her school and also won two state championships in gymnastics. Through cheer, Riley gained the confidence she needed to pursue a singing career and now gigs regularly with the help of her "dad-ager." Her audition song was "Invincible."
Siahna Im – from Auburn, WA.
At only 15, Siahna has travelled all over the world with her pilot father and mother. In third grade, Siahna was introduced to soul music in her music class from a video of Ray Charles. From there, she took it upon herself to research other soul singers. Her audition song was "Fever."
Sydney Rhame – from Atlanta, GA.
Sydney has been writing and performing her own music since the age of six. Thanks to the help of her mom, who is her manager, and her dad, who occupies the role of roadie, she has performed all over the country. Her audition song was "Photograph."
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