Grammy and Emmy winner Kelly Clarkson joined “The Voice” family full-time as a coach in Season 14, after previously serving as an advisor. She immediately proved her worth as a coach, winning with artists Brynn Cartelli (Season 14), Chevel Shepherd (Season 15) and Jake Hoot (Season 17). Now that the Season 20 blind auditions are over, can she prevail yet again on NBC’s reality TV show? Team Kelly’s current group of artists will get pared down in the battles and knockouts before facing off in the all-important live shows.
Tour our gallery above (or click here for direct access) for a closer look at Team Kelly Clarkson on “The Voice” Season 20, including photos, bios and artist rankings. Also see our features for Team Blake Shelton, Team John Legend and Team Nick Jonas.
1. Anna Grace (4-CHAIR TURN)
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resident: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Anna started singing in church at a young age, but eventually she became self-conscious of her voice and stopped singing in public. When she was 17, Anna’s whole life changed when she was diagnosed with a serious blood infection that kept her in and out of the hospital for eight months. When the infection was at its worst and her doctors didn’t think she would make it through the night, Anna only thought of two things: her family and music. After she recovered, she found the courage to sing again and started songwriting. Anna now leads worship at her church, and outside of music, she choreographs and competes in Irish dance.
2. Kenzie Wheeler (4-CHAIR TURN)
Hometown: Dover, Florida
Resident: Dover, Florida
Kenzie has been singing since he was young, but he didn’t take it seriously until high school, when he performed karaoke at a local restaurant. His family and friends were impressed and encouraging, so he started going every Friday and eventually won a few local contests. Kenzie moved up to playing gigs around town and even got to open for Charlie Daniels and Craig Campbell. Kenzie’s dad encouraged him to grow a mullet, which has been a huge hit with his fans and is now his trademark. Outside of maintaining his mullet and music, Kenzie also works at a grocery store warehouse.
3. Gean Garcia
Hometown: New York, New York
Resident: McAllen, Texas
Gean was born with music in his blood. His father is a Spanish musician and inspired Gean to learn the guitar at six years old. Gean started singing to accompany his guitar playing, and he decided to showcase his skills for the first time at his seventh-grade talent show. After impressing his friends, Gean knew he had to continue his love for music and began songwriting. Three years ago, he got the chance to tour with his dad around the United States, Colombia and Mexico, which only reinforced his love for performing. Gean comes to “The Voice” to prove he is ready for the spotlight.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Resident: Silver Spring, Maryland
Ainae was born into an Ethiopian-American family that was very musical. Her grandmother ran an admired jazz club, her father was an audio engineer and her mother worked in music marketing. Ainae got involved in her arts community and loved singing, but she only thought of it as a hobby while she focused on competitive swimming. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she began to consider music a potential career and started taking vocal lessons and performing at open mic nights. Ainae is now a senior at Howard University and spends her time livestreaming her original music and curating events that support developing artists.
5. Ryleigh Modig
Hometown: Spencer, Massachusetts
Resident: Spencer, Massachusetts
Ryleigh was inspired to get into music by her father, who plays in a band. She grew up with a quirky sense of style and, sadly, was relentlessly bullied throughout school. After switching to homeschooling her junior year of high school, she felt free to focus on her music and finally be herself. Shortly after leaving school, Ryleigh came out as a lesbian and received full support from her family and friends. She is currently learning the piano and ukulele, and she enjoys tarot card reading. Ryleigh hopes to use her music to encourage others to embrace their individuality.
6. Corey Ward
Hometown: Hartsville, SC
Resident: McDonough, GA
Corey was inspired to pursue music by his father, who was a drummer. He began playing drums as a child, and he later learned to sing and play the guitar. Chasing his passion for music, Corey brought his talents to “The Voice” last season. Unfortunately, the chairs didn’t turn, and even worse, his mother was rushed to the hospital that same day due to complications from her battle with cancer. While his mother is still receiving treatment and his father is recovering from a triple heart attack, Corey has learned not to take second chances for granted. Corey returns to “The Voice” this season hoping to make his parents proud.
7. Gihanna Zoe
Hometown: Riverside, California
Resident: Redlands, California
Gihanna grew up surrounded by music. She started singing in church when she was five years old and was later inspired to learn piano. She went on to attend a performing arts school, got involved in theater and found a love for storytelling after winning a statewide writing competition. To date, she has written two movies, 12 short films and four plays while also working on her songwriting. Gihanna is currently enrolled in online schooling, which allows her to focus on her music and storytelling.
8. Savanna Woods
Hometown: Stanwood, Washington
Resident: Stanwood, Washington
Savanna grew up in a musical family and has been singing since she could talk. She began songwriting at a young age and went on to sing in church as a soloist. At 19, she formed a band and learned that she enjoyed all aspects of music, from performing to producing. She realized she could make music a career and recently decided to branch out as a solo artist. Savanna currently lives in a tiny home on her parents’ property and livestreams her original music to build her online following. Outside of music, Savanna is an avid backpacker and enjoys traveling around the world.
9. JD Casper
Hometown: Bradford, Pennsylvania
Resident: Austin, Texas
JD has been singing since he was six years old and began taking guitar and vocal lessons at 14. Once he graduated from high school, JD followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Navy. He worked in Primary Flight Control aboard an aircraft carrier and continued to sing and play guitar for his shipmates, but he eventually left the service to pursue a career in music. JD now lives in Austin, Texas, with his life partner and their two children and performs as a one-man band in the Live Music Capital of the World.
10. Halley Greg
Hometown: Kennewick, Washington
Resident: Seattle, Washington
Halley was devoted to her academics throughout school and was often bullied, but she found a home and friends in musical theater. She began songwriting in college while earning a double degree in biology and psychology. She eventually became a science teacher and, whenever possible, found a way to use music to help kids learn. Halley’s priority in life was teaching until two years ago, when she got involved in the Seattle music scene. She started singing backup for another artist and began performing original music, but she found it difficult to balance teaching by day and singing by night. Halley recently quit teaching and decided to take the leap to focus solely on her music.