Superstar performer Usher competed once before as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice” but lost last year to country star Blake Shelton. For his second time around, he will be trying to defeat that three-time champ as well as reigning winner Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Shakira, another sophomore contender
Each of the four coaches has selected a dozen contenders for their teams. Beginning on Monday (March 17), the 48 hopefuls will do battle, hoping to make it to the knockout round or be saved by another coach.
We are profiling all four dozen contestants prior to that, with those of Team Usher’s 12 hopefuls below.
After reading about each, be sure to vote in our poll as to who has the best chance of winning “The Voice” for Usher for the first time.
Biff Gore – He is the proud father of six kids. He most recently worked for an organ transplant company helping consult with donor and recipient families. His audition song was “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
Bria Kelly – Despite her young age, she has performed the national anthem more than 40 times and has opened for Miranda Lambert. She’s currently the front woman for her own band, and her mother recently recovered from a nearly fatal illness. Her audition song was “Steamroller Blues.”
Brittnee Camelle – After losing her grandfather and finding out her mother has fibromyalgia, she put her music career on the back burner and began to pursue a nursing degree. Her audition song was “Skyscraper.”
Brothers Walker – They played in a band together for 11 years and then opened a recording studio together. Coty runs the studio while Clinton teaches music. Their audition song was “Keep Me in Mind.”
Jake Barker – He was primarily focused on athletics until he posted a video of himself singing on YouTube. It got a huge response, and he has been at it ever since. He moved to New York to pursue his dream and is currently bartending to pay the bills. His audition song was “When I Was Your Man.”
Madilyn Paige – She lived in Japan as a young child and has taken up singing since moving back to the U.S. She loves making music videos and short films with her friends and has performed in various local competitions. Her audition song was “Titanium.”
Melissa Jimenez – She was introduced to music through her father’s orchestra. At age 12, she had the opportunity to sing with them and then went on to pursue a solo career. She’s had some success singing with Wyclef Jean, but she has yet to break out on her own. Her audition song was “If I Ain’t Got You.”
Morgan Wallen – He had big dreams of playing professional baseball and was headed in that direction until he suffered a serious elbow injury. His injury led him to pursue his passion of singing. His audition song was “Collide.”
Stevie Jo – His parents both played in heavy metal bands when he was younger and always dreamt of making it big. His parents may have influenced his love for music, but not his love for R&B. His audition song was “There Goes My Baby.”
Tanner James – At four years old, he began to have seizures, and his doctor found a cyst in his brain that was wrapped around his optic nerve. The cyst nearly cost Tanner his vision, or worse, his life. Fortunately, the procedure to remove it went smoothly. His audition song was “Heaven.”
Tess Boyer – She grew up dancing, cheerleading and competing in pageants. She was a cheerleader for the St. Louis Rams football team and currently works with special needs children while studying pre-law. Her audition song was “Wings.”
T.J. Wilkins – He grew up in South Central LA, and his mom encouraged him to get into music to avoid gang violence. Her encouragement helped him win a singing competition, where he had the opportunity to play with his biggest idol, Stevie Wonder. His audition song was “Bennie and the Jets.”
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