He lost out to Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine the first season, swept the next three times, and then came back to win this past fall for the seventh cycle. Will he be able to do it yet again up against Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Pharrell Williams?
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 Blake’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 Shelton this season. You can also click here for the Team Blake photo gallery. And please click here to tour the past seven winners photo gallery.
Bay Brooks – From Valdosta, GA. Bay is known as the goat-tying champion in her hometown, but singing has always been close to her heart. When Bay lost her uncle and found out her mother had been diagnosed with cancer in the same year, she turned to music to help her through that difficult time. Her mom recovered, and they moved to Nashville to help support her blossoming music career. Her audition song was “All of the Stars.”
Brenna Yaeger – From Spokane, WA. Brenna’s love of music came from her big sister Sophie, who would sing her to sleep in the room they shared with their four siblings. Brenna taught herself how to play guitar and write music like her idol, Miranda Lambert. It wasn’t long before Brenna started performing whenever and wherever she had the chance. Her audition song was “The House That Built Me.”
Brian Johnson – From Cleveland, OH. Brian’s been singing since he was a kid. In high school, his high voice allowed him to perform material in choir normally reserved for the girls. Brian performed music in college, but when his father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis he had to put his dreams on hold in order to focus on supporting his family. His audition song was “Reason to Believe.”
Brooke Adee – From Tampa, FL. When Brooke was six years old, her dad took her to see “Annie” and she was instantly hooked. Brooke has been in all of her school plays and choirs and even penned her first song in fifth grade. When her mom was diagnosed with lupus, the family moved to Florida for treatment. Through her grandmother, she was recently featured in a music video with Internet sensation MattyBRaps. Her audition song was “Skinny Love.”
Cody Wickline – From Beckley, WV. Cody is a true country boy from the mountains of West Virginia. His grandfather, a coal miner, taught Cody about the classics like Waylon Jennings and George Jones. Although he hoped to pursue a music career, Cody’s parents encouraged him to make school his priority, and he is the first in his family to attend college. His audition song was “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
Corey Kent White – From Bixby, OK. Corey may be young, but he’s been performing a long time. When he was only 11, Corey was asked to be the frontman for a Western swing band, touring for five years. Recently, Corey’s grandfather took him to a Willie Nelson concert where Willie chose him out of the crowd to join him on stage and sing. It was a defining experience for him, and in that moment Corey knew music was his calling. His audition song was “Chicken Fried.”
Jacob Rummell – From Akron, OH. Jacob’s parents were high school sweethearts, and they adopted him and his biological sister when they were very young. He grew up in a small town where he sang in church and performed in all his high school plays. Jacob is now at a crossroads between going to college and pursuing his dream of becoming a professional singer. His audition song was “Count on Me.”
Kelsie May – From Louisa, KY. Kelsie performed for the first time in front of a crowd just last year. She has always loved to sing, but she was shy about sharing her passion with others. Her parents posted videos of her online, and the response was overwhelmingly positive, bringing an opportunity with Tunes for Tots to perform for Make-A-Wish children. Her audition song was “You’re Lookin’ at Country.”
Matt Snook (ELIMINATED) – From Camden Point, MO. Matt has always placed family above music in life. He and his high school sweetheart wife, Stephanie, have two sons. After spending 17 years at a corporate job to support his family, Matt finally made the decision to start gigging full time. At age 41, Matt is grateful for the opportunity to finally take on music professionally. His audition song was “Red Dirt Road.”
Meghan Linsey – From New Orleans, LA. Meghan grew up in New Orleans and was the lead singer of a band by the age of 14. After high school, she moved to Nashville, where she started performing in a duo, Steel Magnolia, winning the CMT show “Can You Duet,” earning a record deal and a national tour opening for Blake Shelton. Unfortunately, the years on the road took its toll, and the duo broke up. Her audition song was “Love Hurts.”
Sarah Potenza – From Smithfield, RI. Sarah grew up performing for her family and listening to her parents’ record collection. In junior high her voice got very low, and she performed as a baritone in an all-male choir and even sang male parts in musicals. With her father’s encouragement, she eventually started a band with her husband. Sarah’s dad always supported her individuality and told her to be true to herself. Her audition song was “Stay With Me.”
Travis Ewing – From Lafayette, LA. Travis’s musical journey started in his seventh-grade guitar class when his teacher encouraged him to try singing. In college, he performed cover songs at bars but wanted to put his own twist on things. He incorporated a loop pedal into his sets, allowing him to have the sound of a full band. His audition song was “Say My Name.”
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