This season on “The Voice,” the four coaches (John Legend, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani) seem to be more picky and competitive than ever before. Indeed, at the conclusion of the five blind auditions episodes there were only four artists that received coveted four-chair turns. Tamara Jade and Cami Clune chose Team Legend, Desz picked Team Kelly, and trio Worth the Wait went with Team Blake.
Throughout Season 19 we’ll be tracking what happened to all of the 4-chair turn artists, so scroll down for a closer look at their journeys. Will any of these contestants end up joining “The Voice” winners list?
Tamara Jade (Team Legend)
Hometown: Bowie, Maryland
Resident: Washington, D.C.
NBC Bio: Tamara Jade’s family has deep Caribbean roots and her childhood was filled with music. Her mom was the musical director at church and Tamara’s first rite of passage was her own solo at 6 years old. From then on, she was heavily involved in choir and went on to study opera at her performing arts high school and later at a conservatory. Tamara struggled with representation as she was often the only Black person in her productions, but ultimately chose to pursue her gift. She has earned success by singing background for the Zac Brown Band and recently performing with Lizzo but comes to “The Voice” looking for her chance at stardom.
Watch Tamara’s blind audition of “Cuz I Love You”:
Cami Clune (Team Legend)
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Resident: Buffalo, New York
NBC Bio: Cami Clune’s journey with performing began with dance at age 4. By 11, she had fallen completely in love with musical theater, which would remain her primary focus throughout her childhood. During her senior year of high school, Cami was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder that affects connective tissue and causes chronic pain. While focusing on her health, Cami put all her energy into her personal music and started gigging. She is also passionate about helping others and created Backyard Broadway, an organization that uses the arts as a platform to raise money for local families in need. Cami is majoring in musical theater at the University of Buffalo and strives to be a recording artist.
Watch Cami’s blind audition of “Skinny Love”:
Desz (Team Kelly Clarkson)
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Resident: Los Angeles, California
Desz grew up as a shy child in a musical family, whose mother always encouraged her to sing. Her mother passed away unexpectedly when Desz was 11, and Desz courageously performed for the first time at the funeral to honor her. Soon after, Desz began singing in church and at school and never looked back. She spent the decade after college as a worship leader and gigging artist but was often overlooked for bigger opportunities due to the industry’s perception of beauty standards. Refusing to fail and determined to break image stereotypes, Desz moved to Los Angeles to chase her dream. She is now a member of Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir and spent the last year touring the world playing sold-out shows.
Watch Desz’s blind audition of “Unbreak My Heart”:
Worth the Wait (Team Blake Shelton)
Age: Tara Matthews: 47, Mia Matthews: 15, Jacy Matthews: 13
Hometown: Gadsden, Alabama
Resident: Centre, Alabama
This mother-daughter trio from Alabama originally consisted of three sisters called the Matthews Sisters. The sisters started an impromptu performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in line at a store one day and an onlooker posted a video of it that went viral. The video catapulted them to popularity and has helped them start booking local gigs. Once the oldest sister, Sadie, left the group to care for her newborn son, their mom took her place and the trio became Worth the Wait. The girls come to “The Voice” to have fun but are also planning to prove they’re a triple threat.
Watch Worth the Wait’s blind audition of “When Will I Be Loved”: