While Pharrell Williams has won many Grammy Awards for performing and producing, he has yet to master the art of “The Voice.” Many predicted he would have the winning artist last season, but he didn’t even have one in the final four.
Now that he is back for his second turn as a coach, will he able to use his talents to defeat fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera? Shelton has already prevailed four times, and Levine twice on the NBC reality program.
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 Pharrell’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 Williams this season. You can also click here for the Team Pharrell photo gallery. And please click here to tour the past seven winners photo gallery.
Anthony Riley – From Philadelphia, PA. Anthony and his siblings were raised by their grandmother in West Philadelphia. Eventually Anthony moved in with his dad and discovered they both shared the same dream of becoming entertainers. His dad took him to a local train station and Anthony started street performing six days a week. His audition song was “I Got You (I Feel Good).”
Briar Jonnee – From Shuqualak, MS. Briar is the youngest of six kids. She’s always wanted to be a singer, but coming from such a small town, her dreams felt out of reach. At first, Briar’s only outlet was church, where her mother was the choir director. Once her parents saw how serious she was about music, they allowed her to attend a performing arts high school three hours away from her home. Briar now attends the University of Southern Mississippi, where she majors in broadcast journalism. Her audition song was “Take a Bow.”
Caitlin Caporale – From Newburgh, NY. From a young age, Caitlin used music as a way to express herself. She participated in choir and musical theater in school, has entered more than 50 talent competitions and eventually started posting YouTube videos. Caitlin currently works as a customer service rep at a cable company. Her audition song was “Impossible.”
Hannah Kirby – From Sulphur Springs, TX. Hannah learned how to play the violin when she was eight years old, but singing has always been her first love. Hannah’s parents are very supportive of her musical aspirations, but they also want to ensure she stays in college and has a backup plan, so she is currently majoring in psychology. Her audition song was “The Letter.”
Kimberly Nichole – From Seattle, WA. When Kimberly was attending college in Atlanta, she had the opportunity to open for Janelle Monae. After that performance, she moved to New York in the hopes of fulfilling her aspirations. Kimberly, always rocking her signature tutu, quickly gained momentum – touring overseas, performing as a backup singer for Gloria Gaynor and opening for Aloe Blacc. Her audition song was “Nutbush City Limits.”
Lowell Oakley – From Durham, NC. Most kids Lowell’s age don’t listen to jazz, but ever since high school he’s wanted to be a crooner. Lowell loves Rat Pack-era music, wearing sharp suits and singing to a crowd. As a college freshman, he’s unsure of whether or not he should be practical and pursue a degree in business or follow his heart and pursue music. His audition song was “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”
Mia Z – From Hyde Park, PA. Mia gets her musical talents from her mom, who works as a social worker but has always been a music lover. One day, Mia’s mom heard her singing and was blown away, and now Mia sings lead vocals in a band with her mom and uncle. She loves singing the blues and has been told her voice is beyond her years. Her audition song was “The Thrill Is Gone.”
Noelle Bybee – From Ogden, UT. Noelle’s interest in music started early, at age three, when her grandmother taught her to play piano. A high school student, Noelle is a member of the school choir, student council vice president, a volunteer for special-needs students and is in the school theater program. Even with school and extracurricular activities, Noelle always makes time for singing. Her audition song was “Unbelievers.”
Paul Pfau – From Metro D.C. Paul got the music bug from his grandma, a self-taught pianist. In high school, Paul started a band, but after college he decided to go solo. Last year, Paul developed a complication with his vocal cords that brought his career to an abrupt halt. He moved back in with his parents and underwent months of rehab with a speech pathologist. His audition song was “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Sawyer Fredericks – From Fultonville, NY. Sawyer lives on an 88-acre farm in Upstate New York with his parents and his two brothers. He loves farm life, but not having spent a lot of time in the public eye, he can be a bit shy and feels most comfortable behind his guitar. Despite his young age, he’s recorded his own album and plays once a week at a local farmer’s market. His audition song was “I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow.”
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