Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine won as a coach for the freshman season of “The Voice.” He then suffered through three straight losses to fierce rival Blake Shelton before prevailing again for the fifth season.
Each of the four coaches selected a dozen contenders for their teams during the recent blind auditions. This past week, they jumped right in with the battle rounds and are already starting to eliminate some of the artists.
We are now profiling all four dozen contestants, 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. You can also click here for the Team Adam photo gallery. And please click here to tour the past seven winners photo gallery.
Barry Minniefield – From Palm Springs, CA. Barry first became interested in music while attending church with his grandmother, but after high school, singing took a backseat when he discovered his love of cooking. Barry moved to Los Angeles and began a career as a professional chef. As an executive chef at the Improv Comedy Club, he started singing karaoke for fun during his breaks, and his passion for music returned. His audition song was “Me and Mrs. Jones.”
Blaze Johnson – From Nassau, Bahamas; Reynoldsburg, OH. Blaze was uprooted from the Bahamas at the age of eight when his parents moved to the United States to provide a better life for their son. Blaze played football in high school and was offered a scholarship, but he turned it down to pursue music. His mom told him that he was blessed with a special gift and needed to share it with the world. His audition song was “How to Save a Life.”
Bren’nae DeBarge – From Lawrenceville, GA. Bren’nae’s father is in the Air Force, so she grew up all over the world, spending most of her life in Japan and Alaska. Bren’nae studied music engineering in college but quickly realized singing and entertaining are her true passions. Newly married into the DeBarge family, a famous Motown group, Bren’nae wants to make her new family proud by achieving her dream of becoming a professional singer. Her audition song was “Golden.”
Deanna Johnson – From Hazlehurst, GA. Deanna is no stranger to The Voice stage. Devastated after no chairs turned for her in Season 5, she returned home to Georgia and took some time off from singing. It wasn’t until her biggest supporter, her father, asked her to sing at church services that she realized how much she missed it. Her audition song was “All I Want.”
Jack Gregori – From Washington, D.C. Jack always wanted to be a musician but ended up going to law school and is now a real estate attorney. At 25, he started his own highly successful firm, but when the market crashed he lost everything. So Jack decided to make some life changes and go back to what truly made him happy – music. Though Jack still practices real estate law, he’s making music his main focus. He now spends his time traveling with his band and gigging as a country artist. His audition song was “Ring of Fire.”
James McNeiece (ELIMINATED) – From Howell, MI. While studying criminal justice in college with plans of becoming a SWAT officer, James decided on a whim to enter an online contest for the next pop super group. He was selected and decided to leave college to join the group, traveling around the country for two years. When the contract ended, James returned to Los Angeles to rebuild his solo career. His audition song was “Lay Me Down.”
Josh Batstone (ELIMINATED) – From Fulton, NY. While studying criminal justice in college with plans of becoming a SWAT officer, James decided on a whim to enter an online contest for the next pop super group. He was selected and decided to leave college to join the group, traveling around the country for two years. When the contract ended, James returned to Los Angeles to rebuild his solo career. His audition song was “Amnesia.”
Joshua Davis – From Traverse City, MI. Joshua played in bands throughout high school, but music was mainly a hobby. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theater, and it wasn’t until he taught at a summer camp in college that he realized he wanted to work with music full time. He started a band, and after graduation they spent years playing at festivals, but once his daughter was born he took a break from touring. His audition song was “I Shall Be Released.”
Lexi Davila – From Lorain, OH. Lexi grew up in a small Ohio town watching her mom sing in church. She’s a timid girl, so music has always been a great way for her to gain confidence. At 15, Lexi entered a national music contest where she won first place with her original song. Her audition song was “Dreaming of You.”
Michael Leier (ELIMINATED) – From Fargo, ND. Michael taught himself guitar and vocals after hearing Green Day on the radio. In high school, he formed a band with some friends, and they were soon booking paid gigs at bars. When high school ended, so did the band, and Michael went to college. He quickly realized that university life wasn’t the best fit for him, and he now he lives at home and gigs full time. His audition song was “Last Kiss.”
Nathan Hermida – From Boston, MA. Nathan is a first-generation Filipino American who grew up singing during his family’s karaoke nights. He performs in his school choir and an a cappella group, but Nathan’s parents have their hearts set on him going to school for biology. His audition song was “Sure Thing.”
Nicolette Mare (ELIMINATED) – From Staten Island, NY. Nicolette comes from a huge Italian family. At eight years old, she started singing for her grandfather but had terrible stage fright when it came to actually performing in public. By the time she was 12, Nicolette worked through her fears and started performing in New York. Her audition song was “Everything Has Changed.”
Tonya Boyd-Cannon – From Jackson, MS. A preacher’s daughter, Tonya grew up singing in church and began her professional career as a back-up signer for Jean Knight. She was living in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward with her husband and two daughters when Hurricane Katrina hit, destroying their home. Since then, Tonya has been working two jobs and volunteering in order to help pick up the pieces in her community. Her audition song was “Happy.”
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