Since 2011, we've watched some of the most talented undiscovered vocal artists sing their hearts out for the chance to train with a famous musician-turned-coach on "The Voice" as they compete to win a grand prize of $100,000 and a music deal with one of Universal's record labels. Season 17 premieres on Sept. 23, 2019, so Wonderwall.com is celebrating with a look back at all the past winners to see what's happened in their lives and careers since leaving the show… starting with Season 16 winner Maelyn Jarmon. Maelyn was a superstar from the very beginning. The 26-year-old sang "Fields of Gold" by Sting for her blind audition and her performance was so good that all four judges — Adam Levine, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton — turned around. Maelyn chose to be a part of Team Legend and won Season 16 with her performance of "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Keep reading to find out what's happened with Maelyn since she emerged victorious in May 2019 — and where the other winners ended up after getting their big breaks…
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Maelyn Jarmon immediately signed to Republic Records after winning "The Voice" in May 2019. In the few months since she's won, Maelyn has performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2019 A Capitol Fourth, performed at Baha Mar Resorts in the Bahamas, opened for the Fray and One Republic, and presented at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She's also found success in her personal life: Her boyfriend of five years, Johnny Murrell, proposed in July 2019.
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Chevel Shepherd made waves when she auditioned for "The Voice" Season 15 in 2018. The teen sang "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry in her blind audition and had her choice of judges — Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson all turned around. Chevel ultimately chose Kelly and went on to win the competition at age 16 with her incredible rendition of Tanya Tucker's "It's a Little Too Late."
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Chevel Shepherd released her first single, "Broken Hearts," in December 2018. The song debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Digital Song Sales chart. In May 2019, she performed "God Bless America" before the Indianapolis 500. Chevel also began an acting career in 2019: She filmed her first movie, "Wildfire," which is set for a February 2020 release.
Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli — a Massachusetts native who was the youngest "The Voice" winner ever at 15 — blew the coaches away with her powerful renditions of "Skyfall" and "Don't Dream It's Over."
Brynn Cartelli has been a busy girl since earning the winner's trophy on "The Voice." The teen has delivered a ton of live performances including at Fenway Park, the Nantucket Trashion Show and on the "Today" show. She also landed her first magazine cover, appearing on the August 2018 edition of Nantucket Magazine, and attended the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards. In September 2018, her winning coach, Kelly Clarkson, revealed she was taking Brynn out on the road and that November, Brynn released a music video for her single "Walk My Way." Brynn was one of Kelly's opening acts when the "American Idol" alum launched her first major tour in three years in January 2019.
Chloe Kohanski was a fan favorite throughout Season 13 of "The Voice." She was picked to join the show after performing Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" during blind auditions in October 2017. She went on to join Team Blake — after being let go from Team Miley — and dominated the competition, winning the season's title with "Wish I Didn't Love You" in December 2017.
Chloe Kohanski has been a woman on the move since winning Season 13 of "The Voice." She got right into the studio, recording and releasing first single "Come This Far" in May 2018. Her coronation single, "Wish I Didn't Love You," peaked at No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and she delivered her first TV performance since winning the competition in May 2018 too — returning for the Season 14 finale to perform her newest track. She also appeared on an episode of "Beat Bugs." In 2019, she changed her stage name to Chloe MK and released her first single, "To Be Young," under her new name. Chloe's first EP, "Fantasy," was released in July 2019.
During the show's blind auditions, Chris Blue was one of the last contestants selected — and the only coach to turn around in support of the young singer was Alicia Keys. Their partnership was a success: Chris triumphed during Season 12 and Alicia claimed her first win on the show. The pair ended the season together with a powerful duet performance of "Diamonds and Pearls."
We haven't heard much from Chris Blue since his "The Voice" win in May 2017, but that's because the young star's been busy performing to sold-out crowds in his home state of Tennessee. In May 2017, Chris reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart with his cover of "Take Me to the King" — which immediately followed the release of his series finale original song, "Money on You." Another single, "Blue Blood Blues," reached No. 77 on the iTunes Top 200 in December 2017. In September 2018, Chris announced that he would be performing in "Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry," a holiday show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The show came to an end in January 2019 and Chris released his newest EP eight months later. He married his longtime girlfriend, Stephanie Dunkley, in 2017.
It was an emotional moment for Jason "Sundance" Head when he was announced as the winner of Season 11 of "The Voice" in December 2016. After spending months working with country music star and coach Blake Shelton, the bellowing, bearded crooner rose in the ranks, beating out top competitors Wé McDonald, Billy Gilman and Josh Gallagher. During the final episode, Blake and Sundance performed a lively duet of "Treat Her Right," which happened to be originally written and performed by Sundance's father, musician Roy Head and his band, The Traits, back in 1965.
In addition to signing with Universal Republic Records and picking up a new management team, Sundance Head went on the road with his former coach, Blake Shelton, on the star's "Doing It To Country Songs" tour as an opening act in early 2017. Though he started working on an album for Republic Records, they parted ways. "It was a hip-hop label," Sundance told the Daily News-Miner in April 2018. "They didn't know what to do with me." He's continued appearing at venues throughout the country for live performances, a tradition he followed even before appearing on "The Voice." He described his new music as "kind of a throwback to when songs meant something… really old-school modern country… That's my style, man. I'm an old cat… I don't really identify with the country that's currently on the radio." In January 2019, he performed at the Mountain High Film Festival in Colorado and released his latest album, "Stained Glass and Neon."
Take a good long look at the Season 10 winner of "The Voice," Alisan Porter. Look familiar? If not, don't worry, even the judges who turned around during her blind audition (that would be ALL of them) didn't recognized this former child star. Alisan was none other than the lead in one of our favorite flicks from 1991, "Curly Sue." Realizing her true passion was music, Alisan arrived on "The Voice" with a rich vocal talent and a lot to prove. It paid off as she partnered with singer and coach Christina Aguilera and managed to take the top spot in the show's finale in 2016. It was confirmation that Alisan was right to pursue music and it gave Christina the honor of being the first female coach to earn a win.
After creative differences led Alisan Porter to break her contract with Universal Republic Records, she found a new home with Moon Child Music. The sultry singer and former child actress shared her single "Deep Water" in a touching performance back on "The Voice" in May 2017, followed by a July performance of her single "Change" on "Today." In August 2017, she dropped a five-track EP, "I Come in Pieces." That December, the busy mom of two revealed that she and her husband had separated. In 2018, she returned to writing music though also performed a few one-off concerts including an October gig opening for Toby Keith. In December 2018, Alisan returned to "The Voice" as a guest adviser for its Snapchat show. She released her third album, "Pink Cloud," in September 2019.
Jordan Smith's emotional win on Season 9 of "The Voice" made everyone watching teary-eyed. As the competition came down to two contenders, Emily Ann Roberts (coached by Blake Shelton) and Jordan (Team Adam Levine), the tension was palpable. After stellar performances by the final four, including Jordan's stunning rendition of "God Only Knows," a duet he performed with Adam, he took home the top prize, winning a statue, a hefty stack of cash and a record deal with Universal Republic Records. One look at Jordan's parents in the audience after their son's name was announced as the winner says it all: God only knows how far someone with that much talent can go.
Just two months after being named the winner of Season 9 of "The Voice," Jordan Smith debuted his first single, "Stand in the Light," which preceded his album "Something Beautiful" — an adult/contemporary Christian compilation — that dropped in March 2016. The album was a commercial success, peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and earning Jordan the designation of highest selling artist who'd competed on "The Voice." In 2016, Jordan had two more reasons to celebrate: He married longtime sweetheart Kristen Denny in a church ceremony in his home state of Kentucky, and that October, he released his second full-length album, "'Tis the Season." In 2018, he wrote the power ballad "Ashes" that Celine Dion performed for "Deadpool 2" and released his sophomore album, "Only Love." He performed a Voice Summer Series show at Baha Mar Resorts in the Bahamas during the summer of 2019.
It was a moment of pure joy when 16-year-old Sawyer Fredericks won Season 8 of "The Voice" in 2015. As the youngest competitor to ever win on the series (beating Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery by 10 months), Sawyer didn't just take home an amazing award — he made his mark on history. After spending months during the series working with musician and producer Pharrell Williams, the pair debuted a duet performance of "Summer Breeze" during the finale (and let's be honest, we were all waiting for Pharrell to break into a rendition of "Happy" but, alas). Interestingly, Sawyer didn't audition for the show on his own — he was actually scouted by casting agents and encouraged to try out after they heard the album he independently released in 2013, "Out My Window."
After initially recording and releasing a self-titled EP with Universal Republic Records in 2015, Sawyer Fredericks earned some much expected commercial success. His album peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Top 200 and reached an impressive No. 2 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart. In 2016, following various performances around the country (including a few with former contestant Mia Zanotti), Sawyer wrote and performed the song "Forever Wrong," which was later added to the first ever companion soundtrack to a novel, Mitch Albom's "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto." Later that year, he released his next album, "A Good Storm," on the Motown label (a Universal sub-label), which included a track remixed by Pharrell Williams ("4 Pockets"). In 2017, Sawyer parted ways with Universal and went back to his roots as an independent performer. He's since been touring to support his latest album, the independently produced "Hide Your Ghost," which was released in 2018. His music has also been featured on the TV shows "Longmire" and "Code Black." He will be on tour until January 2020.
Picking Blake Shelton as his coach on Season 7 of "The Voice" in 2014 turned out to be one smooth move for country music singer Craig Wayne Boyd. As a clear fan favorite, Craig got to experiment with the show's new format, including the final four's performances of original songs (although not songs written by the singers themselves). His choice? "My Baby's Got a Smile On Her Face," which had been given to Blake Shelton to record. The song, accompanied by Craig's deep twang, was a major hit with the audience and helped cement his popularity with viewers. When host Carson Daly finally announced Craig as the winner, it took a second for him to register the fact that he'd just landed the biggest prize of his life.
Like many of the artists who win "The Voice," Craig Wayne Boyd didn't stick with Universal Republic Records for long. After his single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, little else came from the rising star. Then came a three-year music hiatus. While fans waited for his album, Craig stayed busy working with Dean Guitars to create a customized line of signature instruments. He also married model Taylor Borland in 2016. The couple welcomed a daughter in 2015 and son Graydon in December 2017 (Craig also has son Jaxon from a previous relationship). In October 2017, he released his album "Top Shelf," which he's followed up with several singles. As far as life after "The Voice" goes, he told Popculture.country in 2018, "I feel like I've found my place like, family-wise, which has helped me a lot. I don't think I take myself as seriously as I used to. Maybe I took myself a little too seriously before. Now it's just all about having fun." Craig and his adorable family made an appearance on a holiday episode of Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family." In August 2019, he and his wife announced they were expecting their fourth child, a boy.
When Josh Kaufman won Season 6 of "The Voice" in 2014, it represented several major firsts for the show. For instance, Josh was the first "stolen" contestant to win the grand prize. Originally on Adam Levine's team, Josh was later nabbed by coach Usher Raymond, who enjoyed his first team win when Josh took first place. Not only that, but Josh was also the first white male to be named champion and the oldest contestant to win the show (he was 38). Usher and Josh finished off the season by performing a cover of "Every Breath You Take."
While we expected Josh Kaufman to drop an album shortly after winning Season 6 of "The Voice," the record-breaking contestant instead flipped his trajectory and embarked on a career on Broadway (making him the first winner of "The Voice" to do so). In 2014, Josh, a husband and father (he reportedly has five kids now), landed the lead role in the stage production of "Pippin," a demanding part that required acrobatic skills along with strong acting and musical talent. In 2016, he released a self-titled independent EP, "Truth Be Told," which included six tracks. In 2017, he performed on Broadway again, this time in "Home for the Holidays: Live on Broadway." Josh continues to play live with his band, The New Etiquette, and has also been teaching music in recent years: He offers one-on-one music lessons in Indianapolis.
If ever there was a darling contestant, it was Tessanne Chin from Jamaica, who made it all the way to No. 1 on Season 5 of "The Voice" in 2014. The love her coach Adam Levine so clearly felt for his vocally talented student was obvious, as was her complete respect and adoration for him (especially during her public thank you on the show's season finale). The pair finished their season together with a rousing performance of "Let it Be." When Tessanne's name was announced as the winner, even competing coach Christina Aguilera (who'd worked with runner-up Jacquie Lee) stepped on stage to congratulate her, proving all's fair in love and great singing.
Tessanne Chin (seen here in 2016) made history when she won Season 5 of "The Voice" in 2013. Not only did the Jamaican singer prove her incredible talent, but she broke barriers as the first woman of African and Asian descent to win the coveted top spot. Since then, Tessanne's enjoyed additional victories. The song she performed on the final episode of the show, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," reached No. 1 on iTunes, making her the first contestant to achieve such a feat. In July 2014, she released the full-length album "Count on My Love" on Universal Republic Records. It debuted at No. 41 on the Billboard 200. That same year, she was asked to perform at the White House for the "Women of Soul" special where she sang "Last Dance" and wowed President Barack Obama. As so many of the "The Voice" winners do, Tessanne left her label; she later signed with Chinita Entertainment. In 2016, she released the single "Love Suicide," but she's been pretty quiet since. In 2018, she served as a guest judge on "Digicel Rising Stars," a talent show program in Jamaica that aims to find gifted new performers, and also appeared in "Glory to God," a short film featuring Jamaican actors and singers. In September 2019, Tessanne announced that she and her boyfriend, Brandon, were expecting their first child — a daughter.
It was 2013 when the Season 4 winner of "The Voice" was announced: country music hopeful Danielle Bradbery, who beat out the talented Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher. At the time, Danielle was the youngest contestant to ever win the coveted top spot on the competition show (a title that later went to Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli). The soft-spoken, shy contestant blossomed while training with her coach, Blake Shelton. Ending their season together, the pair sang a duet of "Timber, I'm Falling in Love" and showed the world just how ready Danielle was to be a recording star.
Danielle Bradbery was 16 when she won Season 4 of "The Voice" in 2013. She released her self-titled debut album the same year just a few months after signing with Big Machine Records (a Universal sub-label). It landed at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart — an amazing feat — and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200. One of the songs from the album, "My Day," even made it to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The following year, Danielle went on tour with country music stars Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett. In 2017, she released multiple singles including "Sway," which had a more pop feel, and that December, Danielle released her sophomore album, "I Don't Believe We've Met," which debuted at No. 41 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 6 on the Top Country Albums chart. Her comeback has been successful: Since 2017, she's been nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award (for new female vocalist of the year) and three CMT Music Awards (for performances with Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett as well as Andra Day, Common, Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack, and for her "Sway" video). In 2019, she joined Kane Brown on the "Live Forever" tour.
The final episode of Season 3 of "The Voice" in 2012 had a funny twist. The two remaining contestants vying for the top spot, Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott, were both trained by coach and country music star Blake Shelton. For Blake, that meant he was already a winner, no matter whose name was called. Luckily for Cassadee, who'd long been a part of the music world (she'd even toured with her band as an opening act for Fall Out Boy), the stars aligned and her dream of striking out with a solo career came true when her name was announced. She also became the first female to win the show.
Cassadee Pope might have been all about rock 'n' roll early in her career, but after her Season 3 win on "The Voice," the singer found success in the world of country music. In 2013, Cassadee's debut studio album, "Frame By Frame," hit the airwaves and slayed on the charts, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard 200. She's gone on to record songs like "Think of You" with country star Chris Young (which was nominated for a Grammy 2017) and performed "Messin' Around" with singer Leona Lewis and rapper Pitbull at the 2016 CMT Awards. In 2016, Cassadee's EP "Summer," featuring three singles, was released. She split with her label in 2017 — as well as her fiancé of five months, All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson — and signed a new deal before putting out a couple new singles in 2018. She also debuted a new romance with "Nashville" actor, singer and songwriter Sam Palladio in 2018. In early 2019, Cassadee joined Clare Dunn and Hannah Ellis on the "CMT Next Women Country" tour. She released her second album, "Stages," in February 2019.
When Jermaine Paul stood on the stage to sing for his blind audition on Season 2 of "The Voice," it was clear the guy had a presence. Selected by both CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton, Jermaine opted to join Team Blake (causing the crowd to go absolutely bananas). His choice paid off in the end, because Jermaine remained strong throughout the season, eventually winning first place. During the final episode, all four judges (which also included Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine) had one contestant in the running. No one could deny Jermaine and Blake's vocal magic during their duet of "God Gave Me You." Ultimately, Jermaine became the season's champion and Blake scored his first win on the show.
It seems like it's been forever since we've heard anything about the passionate, soulful winner of Season 2 of "The Voice," Jermaine Paul. While his cover of the R. Kelly song "I Believe I Can Fly" did well on the Billboard charts, a full album never followed. In 2014, Jermaine released his R&B/soul single "Next to You" and since then has traveled around the U.S. performing at various venues. While a peek at his social media feeds shows he's still alive and kicking (and seems incredibly happy), we can't say we aren't disappointed he wasn't able to turn his win into an album for us to enjoy. In 2019, he founded his own live music entertainment company, JP Entertainment Group, and released a new single, "Water."
On the first season of "The Voice," the tension and excitement reached an unbelievable peak as the competition came down to two contestants, Javier Colon and Angela Wolff. Those of us who were rooting for Javier all along remembered the power of his blind audition where he sang Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" accompanied by an acoustic guitar, managing to get all four judges to turn around. It was no surprise then when Javier, who'd wrapped up the season by singing Michael Jackson's soulful ballad "Man in the Mirror" in a duet with coach Adam Levine, took home the win.
Javier Colon had already independently released four albums (two with Capitol Records) before he even appeared on "The Voice" in 2011. Not long after being named the show's winner, Javier released a pop-soul LP, "Come Through For You," on Universal Republic Records featuring artists like Natasha Bedingfield and his former coach, Adam Levine. The album was immediately followed by an acoustic holiday EP that same year. Then rumors spread that Javier had ended his contract with Universal (marking the beginning of what would become a trend for winners of "The Voice"). He spent the next few years searching for a new label. In 2014, Javier signed with Concord Music Group and in April 2016, he released the album "Gravity." In 2017, Javier also made his theater debut in a production of "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in Connecticut. In 2018, he revealed to Playbill that he's dying to be on Broadway. The same year, Javier and his wife (seen here), who share three kids, celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. He has recently been performing shows in his home state of Connecticut.