Winners of ‘The Voice’: Where are they now?

"Blind Auditions" Episode 602 -- Pictured: (l-r) Blake Shelton, Usher, Cary Laine, Shakira -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
Judges Blake Shelton, Usher, Cary Laine and Shakira. Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

“The Voice” is one of America’s top reality TV singing competitions on NBC, with a mission of finding new talent age 15 and up.

The winner receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. “The Voice” began airing in 2011 and its sixth season will premiere on Monday.

As fans anticipate the new season and new winner, Metro asks: what’s happened to the winners of the last five seasons?

It seems that once the finale airs and the winner is announced, they’ve won the show and the hearts of America, but why do they disappear after that? Let’s take a look back and find out what was in store for these winning contestants.

Javier Colon

Javier Colon arrives at the "The Voice" live finale after party on June 29, 2011 in Hollywood.
Javier Colon arrives at the “The Voice” live finale after party in Hollywood. Credit: Getty images

Colon won the inaugural season of “The Voice,” charming America with his humility and spellbinding vocals. After the show, Javier released his album “Come Through for You” in Nov. 2011 with his debut single, “As Long As We Got Love,” featuring Natasha Bedingfield.

The album also includes “Stand Up,” a song featuring his mentor on “The Voice,” Adam Levine. A year after winning the show, the singer announced his departure from the record label on Buddy TV, saying there was a lack of support for his album.

He told Buddy, “I went in with high hopes, as I believe everyone did. But when you pour your heart and soul into a new album that you think is really great, and your label who is supposed to support, market and promote your music does neither, it’s really hard not to be upset.”

Colon continues to sing and look for a “mutually beneficial relationship.” In 2013, he launched the series “Inside Voice,” a broadcast show on Back9Network, with co-host Jenn Bosworth. In the show, the two discuss season 5 of “The Voice.”

Jermaine Paul

Jermaine Paul, Episode 215 of THE VOICE
Jermaine Paul. Credit: Getty images

Huffington Post called Jermaine Paul a “legend in the making.” The R&B singer won the second season of “The Voice” and was anticipated to reinvent R&B.

But where is Jermaine now? His winning cover song of  ”I Believe I Can Fly” made its way to the #83 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. But his following song, “Soul Man,” featuring his coach, Blake Shelton, did not.

Jermaine has been featured in many of Alicia Keys’ songs, such as “Diary” and “If This World Were Mine,” and was even featured in Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”; however, the artist has yet to release an album.

 

Cassadee Pope

The Voice winner, Cassadee Pope performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Cassadee Pope performs on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Credit: Getty images

Looks like luck after “The Voice” turned around for Cassadee Pope, former lead vocalist of Hey Monday and winner of Season 3.

Less than a week after winning “The Voice,” Cassadee owned the #1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers Songs’ chart. Her album “Frame by Frame” was released in October by Republic Nashville.

The country singer/songwriter has already appeared on “Today,” “Live! with Kelly and Michael” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and performed with Train on “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.” Pope begins her U.S. tour with country singers Tim McGraw and Kip Moore in April. She has been nominated for Best Album and Best Female Artist in the 2014 World Music Awards.

 

Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery at the "Blind Auditions" of the Voice, Episode 40. Credit: Getty images
Danielle Bradbery. Credit: Getty images

Seventeen-year-old Danielle Bradbery holds the record as the youngest winner on “The Voice” after taking the win for Season 4. The young country singer earned great tribute for her performances on the show, such as “Maybe It Was Memphis,” “Born To Fly” and “Timber, I’m Falling in Love.”

Her former coach, Blake Shelton, called her “the most important artist to ever walk ‘The Voice’ stage.” With praise like that, Bradbery had some big cowgirl boots to fill and she delivered. After the show, Bradbery signed a record label with Big Machine Records. She released her first debut single “Heart of Dixie” in July 2013, and her first studio album, self-titled “Danielle Bradbery,” in November.

Her song “My Day” was featured in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as she was chosen to be “the voice” of the Games’ promotional campaign. Bradbery will be joining Hunter Hayes in March on his “We’re Not Invisible” tour. She was not only the youngest artist to ever win “The Voice,” but as of now, she’s also been the most successful since competing on the show.

 

Tessanne Chin

"The Voice" Winner Tessanne Chin performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Credit: Getty images
“The Voice” Winner Tessanne Chin performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Credit: Getty images

Tessanne Chin, the Jamaican recording artist from Kingston, won the most recent season of “The Voice.” During season 5, Tessanne performed Simon & Garfunkle’s classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water” making her cover the first song in “Voice” history to become the #1 song on the iTunes chart. This performance also took #14 on the Digital Songs chart and #5 on Heatseekers Songs chart.

After her victory was announced, Tessanne debuted her first single, “Tumbling Down,” written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Since her premier on the show, which came to a close in December, Tessanne has kept busy. She was named Caribbean Journal’s 2013 Artist of the Year, premiered on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” performed in the Rose Bowl Parade with season 5’s runner-ups and co-headlined Shaggy’s benefit concert along with many prominent music artists. Tessane is expected to release her major debut album, self-titled “Tessane Chin,” with Republic Records next month.

Although the first two winners of “The Voice” didn’t top the charts as America expected, the producers of the show seemed to have worked out some kinks with the affiliated recording label as proven by the success of its last three winners.

 

New season

Viewers now eagerly await the start of season 6 of “The Voice,” airing this Monday. Winners are determined by four judges and the viewer’s votes via telephone, Twitter, text and iTunes purchases of the artists’ performance. The show’s primary judges have been Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Ceelo Greene and Adam Levine. However, this season, Usher and Shakira will be sitting in for Ceelo, who just resigned, and the newly engaged and newly pregnant Aguilera.




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