Blake Shelton has been with the “The Voice” since it began in 2011 and has won six of the previous 14 seasons However, he may have a hard time winning for a lucky seventh time in season 15 with the return of Jennifer Hudson and the addition of Kelly Clarkson to the coaching panel. Our readers say that both those women have strong teams heading into the live round, which kicks off November 12 with all artists in the Top 24 performing.
As with the other three coaches, Shelton had to cut his team of eight down to five during the knockout round that just ended. In addition, he added one more artists to his team when their original coach went with another singer in their knockout.
We have compiled a power ranking of the contestants now on Team Blake Shelton. These would-be winners are listed from best to worst based on: their reception in the knockouts, battles and blind auditions; the resulting sales of their tracks on iTunes; and the votes of viewers like you.
Which of the six artists now on Team Blake Shelton do you think could go all the way and win season 15 of “The Voice”? Take a look at detailed bios of each of them below and then cast your vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. And be sure to sound off in the comments section about Shelton and his years as a coach on “The Voice”
Hometown: Bay Minette, Alabama
Resident: Montgomery, Alabama
Kirk grew up in Alabama extremely poor and remembers times when there was no electricity, water or even food. At five years old, Kirk started playing drums at church and singing in the choir. In 2014, Kirk met a music manager who brought him to perform for Teddy Gentry, the bass player for the band Alabama. In 2015, Kirk started doing open mics and shocked the audience with his country sound. Word spread and bar owners started booking him. Currently, he travels the South with his band, Kirk Jay & Kuntry Funk.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Resident: Nashville, Tennessee
Dave grew up singing in church, but it wasn’t until college that he decided he wanted to pursue music. Against his parents’ wishes, he made the hard decision to drop out of college and start performing. Dave worked odd jobs to pay the bills and would gig as much as possible at night. As the gigs picked up, he was able to pursue music full-time. Dave now lives in Nashville with his wife, Eden, performs at private events and writes songs for a living. He views “The Voice” as being his last shot at being a singing artist.
Hometown: Bedford, Texas
Resident: Fort Worth, Texas
Michael knew he wanted to perform music from a very young age. Most kids were at home watching cartoons while he was listening to the blues and going to shows. Michael spent his life pursuing blues, until he met his wife. The rocker lifestyle was proving to be too much and Michael hit a low point, but his wife turned everything around for him. The newlyweds do everything together, including jujitsu and kickboxing. Michael thinks his opportunity on “The Voice” is the perfect chance to kick-start their life together.
Hometown: Newberg, Oregon
Resident: Nashville, Tennessee
Natasia is no stranger to doing whatever it takes to pursue her dreams. She always loved music but was too shy in high school to perform. After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart and gigged around, but the pressure of a young marriage was overwhelming. In a brave decision, Natasia left her husband and moved with her sister to Nashville. Natasia’s sister is her #1 supporter. While she still gigs, Natasia is hoping “The Voice” will give her the fresh start she’s been craving.
Hometown: Barron, Wisconsin
Resident: Barron, Wisconsin
At the age of six, Chris’ parents bought him a guitar as an outlet for his energy. With encouragement from his dad, he started singing in middle school. After college, Chris knew he needed to head to Nashville to further his career. His family held a fundraiser in their small town to help him pursue his dream. He met the right people in Nashville and recorded a song at Dierks Bentley’s studio with some of Dierks’ backing band. Now, back home in Wisconsin, he currently plays 200-plus shows a year and travels overseas to play for the troops in the Middle East.
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Resident: Lanham, Maryland
Funsho was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent the first seven years of his life. His parents saved all their money to move to America. When his mom won the green card lottery, they quickly made the move. They became American citizens after 10 years in Maryland. Funsho comes from a musical family, as his sisters sing in church and his mother grew up with musical aspirations. He started getting serious about performing in college and began doing open mic nights, performing at schools and releasing an acoustic album (he learned guitar on his own). Funsho later graduated from the University of Maryland and now plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue music full-time.
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