Can You Name The Winners of The Voice?
There’s been eight season’s now of the hit television show, The Voice, with the most recent ending on Tuesday (May 19th). While the show is in progress contestants become household names and even get to have their performances sold on iTunes. There’s a monetary prize along with a promised signing with a prominent record label for the eventual winner. It’s the stuff dreams are made of and like the other reality shows, American Idol and The X-factor, viewers expect big things to follow the winners. This doesn’t always seem to be the case. When it comes to The Voice, to date there have been no real lasting hit makers. Most people cannot even recall the names of it’s past winners.
Season #1 – Javier Colon (2011)
Season #2 – Jermain Paul (2012)
Season #3 – Cassadee Pope (2012)
Season #4 – Danielle Bradbery (2013)
Season #5 – Tessanne Chin (2013)
Season #6 – Josh Kaufman (2014)
Season #7 – Craig Wayne Boyd (2014)
Season #8 – Sawyer Fredericks (2015)
So Where Are They Now?
Javier Colon – Things didn’t seem to go the way Javier expected them too following his win on The Voice. His album Come Through For You peaked on the Billboard 200 at 134 and was outsold by the show’s runner up Dia Frampton. Feeling like his expectations were not meet by the record label, Javier announced his departure from Universal Republic Records. He has had no hits and continues to pursue greater success.
Jermain Paul – Despite having been co-nominated for a Grammy for his work with Alicia keys prior to his appearance on The Voice and then becoming the winner of Season 2, Jermaine has had no success. His debut album is still tentative.
Cassadee Pope – The third Season winner was already pretty famous among here peers, having written and sang with bands like, Fall Out Boy, The Cab, We The Kings and her own band, Hey Monday. While on the show Cassadee topped the ITUNES charts with her live performances like, “Over You” which hit #1 and displaced PSY’s “Gangnam Style”. So far Pope has done well, with her first single “Wasting All These Tears” reaching the 7th spot on Billboards Hot Country charts and #1 on the ITUNES Country chart. Her debut album Frame by Frame released in October and went on to number one on the Billboard US Top Country Albums Chart. Her most recent release “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” peaked at number 45.
Although she has seen her record at the number one spot, her total record sales are still under 200,000. Cassadee was a 2014 nominee for Female Vocalist of The Year at the American Country Countdown Awards.
Danielle Bradbery – Danielle is the youngest contestant to win the competition so far and unlike her predecessors, did not have any experience making albums or singing before live audiences prior to The Voice. She is also the first country artist to win. She released her debut album in November of this year seeing it reach #5 on the US Country Charts. Her debut single “Heart Of Dixie” was released in July and has peaked at #16 on the US Country Charts. You can watch the official video released on the premiere of the new season of The Voice 2013 below.
Danielle was a 2014 nominee for Female Vocalist of The Year at the American Country Countdown Awards.
Tessanne Chin – We’ve deemed Season 5 as having the best talent pool of all past seasons and are pretty confident that we’ll be hearing music from more than a few of those who didn’t obtain the prize. After all was said and done and America had voted, it was the 28-year-old singer from Kingston, Jamaica – Tessanne Chin, who was crowned the Champion. She beat out runner-up Jacquie Lee and third place finisher Will Champlin. The win also put Adam Levine back into the winning coach position, which he held at the end of season one. Chin’s debut album is expected some time June of this year (2014). None of her singles have charted to date.
Chin performed “Tumblin’ Down” at the close of the show, which will be her first single to be released after her win. The single was written by OneRepublic’s frontman Ryan Tedder. Her album reached number 41 on Billboard, but experience the lowest sales of any The Voice winner.
Josh Kaufman – The 38-year-old from Indianapolis, was a four-chair turnaround artist originally on Team Adam, Kaufman was stolen in the second round of battles by Usher after Adam Levine picked Delvin Choice to move on to the playoffs. Kaufman has been singing his entire life and supports his wife and three kids by playing local gigs and working as an SAT prep tutor. He is the first “stolen” singer to win the competition, beating out runners-up Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie. No hit records as of yet, Kaufman is now staring in Broadway’s “Pippin” the musical, as Pippin.
Craig Wayne Boyd – “Never Say Never” should be the motto that follows the Nashville singer, after grinding out tunes for over 10 years for a break at stardom. Part of team Blake, in the end Boyd was pitted against three other finalist, all from Adam Levine’s group. Even though the odds were staked against both Shelton and Boyd, America put the Country star back up as champion of judges. Craig is The Voice’s Season 7 winner.
Sawyer Fredericks – The 16 year old farm boy from Upstate New York could possibly get farther than all the others with his mature folk-pop sound. The first win for Team Pharrell Williams, his winning debut single “Please”, already feels like a winning song. Although he’s looking forward to getting back home for a bit and away from all the pressure of the show – Sawyer will have to get on the train quick to make his mark before yet another show begins and viewers start to forget who he was.
The Voice has concluded another season with big ratings. Team Pharrell gets his first victory and 16 year old Sawyer Fredericks begins the journey towards stardom. Will this be “The One” The Voice has been waiting for? Will the show finally prove it can be a success when the lights go out at the end of the season? Although there have been album releases to hit the number one mark and singles in the top 40, it takes time to tell if some of that is just the result of a strong fan base from the show. We will see.
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