“The Voice” is now down to just a lucky 13 artists in contention to win season 16. Blake Shelton has almost half of the contestants on his team and looks like he will win for a seventh time with one of these six contestants. Newcomer John Legend has three. Reigning two-time champ Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine, who is still looking for that elusive fourth win, each have two.
In advance of the Top 13 performing live on May 6, we want to know who you think will win? Take a look at detailed bios of each of them below and then cast your ballot in our poll at the bottom of this post. And be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorites and those that you will be glad to see go. We’ll report back before next Monday with a list of your season 16 artists ranked from best to worst.
Celia Babini: Team John Legend
Hometown: New York, New York
Resident: New York, New York
Celia grew up in Manhattan alongside her successful parents. Her father, Luca Babini, is a world-renowned photographer, and her mother is fashion designer Bonnie Young. Surrounded by models and her mother’s fashion enterprise, Celia always knew that wasn’t the path she was destined to follow. She is currently a senior at the legendary Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and an activist whose dream is to use her music to create change. Celia plans to continue her musical training at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and is determined to create her own success. Celia is also an environmentalist and a committee member of Solving Kids’ Cancer.
Oliv Blu: Team Blake Shelton
Hometown: Flossmoor, Illinois
Resident: Chicago, Illinois
Oliv grew up in a musical household but didn’t consider a musical career until high school, when she took an industry of music class. Out of high school, she joined a music collective called Freesole, which was a group of singers, rappers and producers that put on variety shows around town. Being able to work with such an elcetic group of musicians really helped Oliv discover her own artistry. Currently Oliv is a full-time musician who plays solo shows at venues around Chicago
Kim Cherry: Team Blake Shelton
Hometown: Niceville, Florida
Resident: Boston, Massachusetts
Kim’s parents always encouraged her to be involved in music. Kim started singing in church and was a self-proclaimed band geek in high school. She focused on the saxophone and continued playing throughout her time at Berklee College of Music, but switched her focus to singing when she was 24. She realized she had devoted her life to studying and performing all types of music, but never the ’90s R&B she really loved. In 2016, Kim decided to follow her passion for R&B and rap and she formed a cover band called Legends of Summer, dedicated to playing her favorite music.
LB Crew: Team Adam Levine
Hometown: El Dorado, Arkansas
Resident: Little Rock, Arkansas
LB grew up singing gospel music in church with his family. He found his love for the spotlight after singing at a pep rally during his freshman year of high school. LB moved to Little Rock in 2014, hoping to attract a larger audience for his two bands. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make ends meet by performing, so he recently started working on the assembly line for a tractor company. LB is hoping “The Voice” will give him the opportunity to concentrate on music full-time. LB also enjoys producing music, photography and writing screenplays.
Carter Lloyd Horne: Team Blake Shelton
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Resident: Marietta, Georgia
Carter was born into a family with old money and grew up in a life of luxury. Unfortunately, due to poor management and the crash of 2008, the longtime fortune was depleted. When he was 14 years old, Carter’s family moved into a motel and the dramatic lifestyle change profoundly affected his childhood. Music became the only thing that could lift his spirits. Carter’s cousin started inviting him to church, where he realized music could be more than just a hobby. Carter currently is a full-time musician and performs at gigs around town.
Maelyn Jarmon: Team John Legend
Hometown: Frisco, Texas
Resident: New York, New York
Maelyn has always loved music, despite facing some challenges. At two years old, she had tubes inserted into her ears to treat recurring ear infections. The tubes ultimately damaged her eardrums and left her deaf in her right ear and with only 80% hearing in the left ear. But that didn’t stop her. At 13, Maelyn started voice lessons and became heavily involved in musical theater. At 17, she was encouraged to try Broadway and her parents moved with her to New York City to give it a shot. At 21, she stepped away from Broadway and is now focusing on creating original music.
Mari: Team Adam Levine
Hometown: Clermont, Florida
Resident: Clermont, Florida
Mari grew up in a musical family. Her father is a songwriter and music producer, and her mother is a vocalist. Her parents are also worship leaders, so, naturally, Mari sang with the praise team at church and around her community. In her teens, she was introduced to music outside of the church and now prides herself in singing all types of genres. Outside of singing, Mari has a cosmetology license and works at a salon in her hometown. Although Mari enjoys cosmetology, she hopes “The Voice” will allow her to focus on music, which is her true passion.
Gyth Rigdon: Team Blake Shelton
Hometown: Singer, Louisiana
Resident: Singer, Louisiana
Gyth is no stranger to hard work after growing up on his family’s racehorse farm. A typical morning started at 5 a.m., with feeding, washing and training 27 horses. Gyth found his musical calling at 15, when he joined the family campfire jam session. At 17, his father booked him a three-hour show at a biker bar – and he has been playing gigs there ever since. Gyth took his show on the road for a few years and came back a hometown hero after sharing the stage with artists such as Jake Owen and Gary Allen. Gyth hopes “The Voice” will help launch his music career to the next level.
Dexter Roberts: Team Blake Shelton
Hometown: Fayette, Alabama
Resident: Fayette, Alabama
Dexter’s family always knew they might have a star on their hands, but it wasn’t until he was 16 that he stole the spotlight at a school talent show. Dexter went on to play local gigs until he was discovered at 23 and began touring nationwide. Just as he was making a name for himself, he got Rocky Mountain spotted fever from a tick while turkey hunting and was horribly sick for months. After he recovered, he set out for Nashville and landed a record deal, but the label went under a year later. Despite the setbacks, Dexter is determined to make it to the top.
Andrew Sevener: Team Blake Shelton
Hometown: Alvarado, Texas
Resident: Alvarado, Texas
Andrew grew up in a musical family. His father was in a rock band and his mother was a country singer. When he was in the fifth grade, Andrew asked his dad to teach him guitar so he could impress his crush, and he’s been playing ever since. He currently lives in the mobile home his parents used as a music studio and works as a motorhome technician. As well as performing as a solo act, Andrew was part of a band with his parents called Helluvanote that performed a few times a week. Andrew hopes “The Voice” will be the big break he needs to kick start his country-rock career.
Shawn Sounds: Team John Legend
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Resident: Houston, Texas
Shawn grew up around music and was enrolled in college-level classes for vocal performance, theater and dance by the time he was in fourth grade. In high school, his family moved to Florida, where he joined a community choir that traveled the state singing with artists such as Barry Manilow. After graduating college, Shawn took a break from music to focus on his career in teaching. He currently teaches middle school and loves singing and playing music for the kids. Recently, a video of him singing to his class went viral after piquing Snoop Dogg’s interest.
Rod Stokes: Team Kelly Clarkson
Hometown: Moss Point, Mississippi
Resident: Grand Bay, Alabama
Rod grew up watching his sister sing in church, but he was too shy to participate. Being a larger kid, he ended up spending most of his time playing football. He continued to play in college, but his football dreams were cut short when he had to drop out to take over the family construction business. Without football in his life, Rod felt inspired to start singing, and his family started their own traveling musical ministry. Rod met his wife on the road, and since being married, he has lost over 100 pounds. Rod is ready to give his music career a real shot on “The Voice” stage.
Jej Vinson: Team Kelly Clarkson
Hometown: Davao, Philippines
Resident: Los Angeles, California
Jej was born and raised in the Philippines in a traditional Filipino family. He started singing karaoke after watching his parents sing in choir. When he was 15, his parents moved the family to America for a better life and landed in South Dakota. At 18, Jej joined an a cappella camp in Los Angeles and knew music was his calling. The family packed up and followed Jej to California, where he studies music at USC and was formerly the music director of the school’s a cappella group. Outside of school, Jej has a part-time job at a restaurant.
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