Pop star Christina Aguilera has had an off-and-on relationship with the NBC reality show “The Voice.” She was an original coach for the first three seasons, returned for the fifth, and is now back again for the eighth cycle. But she has never had a winning artist before.
Blake Shelton has won four times, and Adam Levine has prevailed twice. Will Aguilera finally be able to break through with her first victory? She competes this season against those two men again plus top level producer/artist 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 Christina’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 Aguilera this season. You can also click here for the Team Christina photo gallery. And please click here to tour the past seven winners photo gallery.
Ameera DeLandro (ELIMINATED) – From Richmond, VA. Ameera taught herself to sing and play guitar when she was just a child. After she graduated high school, she got married and started working full-time as an insurance underwriter, but she always found time to play shows with her band on the side. Her audition song was “I’d Rather Go Blind.”
Ashley Morgan – From Walnut Creek, CA. Ashley grew up in a musical family and would sing with her parents and two brothers for fun. In high school, music became her true passion, and she pursued a college degree in music business. Since graduation, Ashley has been chasing her dream, juggling a number of singing jobs, including performing at Disney theme parks, in session work, as a wedding singer and also as a backup singer. Her audition song was “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Clinton Washington – From Little Rock, AR. Always being compared to his brother, Clinton gravitated to music as something that could set him apart and give him his own identity. He started singing in his church choir, gigged around town, and grew as his music slowly became a priority. After college, Clinton took a marketing job in New York knowing that the city is a hub for musicians. His audition song was “Candle in the Wind.”
Gabriel Wolfchild (ELIMINATED) – From Seattle, WA. Gabriel grew up in an artsy, free-spirited home. His mom was a belly dancer, and his dad was a sculptor and flutist. He’s originally from Seattle, but when he was nine his family moved to Hawaii, where he spent most of his time writing alone. His audition song was “Don’t Think Twice.”
India Carney – From Brooklyn, NY. India has been studying music for most of her life. In junior high, she attended a performing arts school where she was classically trained in opera. From there, she was recruited to UCLA’s classical music program, where India and some fellow classmates formed a band, which led them to a gig opening for The Roots. Her audition song was “New York State of Mind.”
Jeremy Gaynor – From Tampa, FL. Jeremy grew up singing in the church choir, and right out of high school he started a contemporary gospel group with his cousin. They spent seven years performing at churches in the South until Jeremy met his wife and his priorities shifted. He joined the Army in order to gain stability for his young family. Jeremy spent three years traveling around the world performing for troops and their families in the Army Entertainment Detachment. His audition song was “Superstar.”
Joe Tolo – From American Samoa. Joe hails from American Samoa and is the youngest of eight children. Growing up, his entire family sang and played instruments, so naturally Joe followed in their footsteps. While studying nursing, he heard about Extra’s “The Voice Bootcamp Experience” and decided to give it a shot. His audition song was “To Love Somebody.”
Katelyn Read – From Parkersburg, WV. In high school Katelyn competed in fine arts competitions and sang in choir. A passionate artist, she was pursuing a college degree in art but took time off to start a family. Now that her daughter is five years old, her supportive husband is pushing her to make her dream of becoming a professional singer a reality. Her audition song was “Breathe.”
Koryn Hawthorne – From Abbeville, LA. Koryn’s voice is much more mature than her age would let on. For the past nine years, she has been a member of a local singing group that performs at nursing homes, benefits and competitions. Koryn might be young, but she knows singing is what she’s meant to do. Her audition song was “My Kind of Love.”
Rob Taylor – From Baton Rouge, LA. Rob learned to sing at church with his grandmother. When he graduated high school, he auditioned for and was accepted to Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Even though he was offered a partial scholarship, he chose to stay home and care for his ailing mother. His audition song was “I Want You.”
Sonic – From Woodland, CA. When Sonic was six years old, she learned she was completely deaf in one ear. But instead of being afraid to sing, she embraced her unique sound and even landed a record deal at 14. That didn’t work out, but she continued to pursue music and is currently a member of a music collective in San Francisco. Her audition song was “Money on My Mind.”
Treeva Gibson – From Frederick, MD. Treeva grew up in a household with deaf parents, so she learned sign language before she could speak or sing. At age 11, she discovered she could sing, but unfortunately her parents have never heard it. A few years ago, Treeva learned that she also has mild hearing loss, but she hasn’t let it get in the way of her singing. Her audition song was “Young and Beautiful.”
Vance Smith – From Detroit, MI. Vance grew up listening to his dad practice with his band in the basement of their family home. The neighborhood they lived in was unsafe, so Vance spent his time at home playing music as an outlet. Eventually the family moved to Georgia, where Vance now works as a diesel mechanic. He’s had some success with his music and even opened for Trey Songz. His audition song was “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”
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