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Nakia of The Voice Season 1Nakia
“Wine to Water (The Outtakes)”

Released: June 30, 2017
Finish: Top 8, Season 1

Pre-Voice Nakia performed in Austin, Texas, with a backing band known as His Southern Cousins. And to celebrate a 10-year reunion with those folks, he released seven outtakes from their 2009 album, “Wine to Water.” Of course, you might have trouble believing songs like “Nuthin’ But,””Lincoln Cadillac” and “Cold” are outtakes because they sound so good.

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Keith Semple of The Voice Season 9Keith Semple
“For One Night Only” EP

Released: June 30, 2017
Finish: Top 20, Season 9

Keith and his band return to pop rock after his country-tinged first post-Voice EP, “Anytime Anywhere.” Highlights among the five new tracks include a pair of uptempo tunes, “One’s with the Money” and “Don’t Understand.” Keith said the EP was a collaborative effort, with all four band members contributing to the song-writing for the first time.

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Felicia Temple of The Voice Season 12Felicia Temple
“The Balancing Act” EP

Released: June 23, 2017
Finish: Top 24, Season 12

The singing nurse said she started this six-song project when she was battling cancer, before she even knew she’d be on The Voice. Felicia also wrote and produced the songs. Highlights include the sultry “No One But You” and “Okay, Alright,” a thank you to her supporters as she balanced work, singing and her recovery.

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Christina GrimmieChristina Grimmie
“All Is Vanity”

Released: June 9, 2017
Finish: 3rd, Season 6

This 10-track album landed one day before the first anniversary of Christina’s tragic death at age 22, when she was shot by a crazed fan following a show in Florida. Three songs from “Side B” (see below) are repeated. Highlights among the new tunes: “Steady Love” and “Pressure.” The album’s title comes from a Bible verse she had tattooed on the inside of her right forearm.

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Kat Robichaud, of The Voice Season 5, as Edward ScissorhandsKat Robichaud
“Misfit Cabaret”

Released: June 2, 2017
Finish: Top 10, Season 5

Kat unleashed a theatrical rock explosion with her first post-show album in 2015, then created “a saucy variety show” in San Francisco called Misfit Cabaret for which she writes original music. This album features songs from those shows. Best of the 10 tracks: the rocking “Bully” and the impassioned “White Snow, White Dress,” inspired by the story of Edward Scissorhands.

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Michelle Chamuel, runner-up on Season 4 of The Voice, has released a new EPMichelle Chamuel
“Insights and Turnpikes”

Released: May 30, 2017
Finish: 2nd, Season 4

This 10-track album from the DIY expert who wrote the songs and played all the instruments is split into Turnpikes — the electro-pop we’ve come to expect from Michell — and Insights — more stripped down tunes. Highlights: “What Am I (Looking For)” among the Turnpikes and “In My Blood” and “The Final Swim” among the Insights.

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Sheena Brook of The Voice Season 12Sheena Brook
“The First Time” EP

Released: May 27, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 12

The Fort Myers, Fla., based singer-songwriter wrote the title track about her wife Summer Stockton, but also called the EP “The First Time” because it marks her first EP of originals with “my vision of what I am as an artist.” The four tracks include a catchy country-pop track called “Voodoo,” the high-energy “Lime in My Whiskey” and a song co-written with Summer.

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Jake Worthington, Season 6 runner-up on The VoiceJake Worthington
“Hell of a Highway” EP

Released: May 19, 2017
Finish: 2nd, Season 6

Remember when Jake Worthington couldn’t turn a chair on Season 5 of The Voice? Now he’s two EPs into a country music career and touring almost constantly. The highlight of this five-track sophomore EP is the flat-out fun “How Do You Honky Tonk,” which Jake co-wrote with Jody Booth. Fans of throwback country should check out the ballad “A Lot of Room to Talk.”

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Suzanna Choffel of The Voice Season 3Suzanna Choffel
“Hello Goodbye”

Released: May 12, 2017
Finish: Knockout round, Season 3

Suzanna’s first album since 2013 was delayed by the birth of her daughter, Lulu, but her distincitive vocals certainly haven’t changed. They’re especially effective on “Continental Divide,” the opening song on this 11-track album, and on the upbeat, more pop-flavored “Follow.” Another highlight: The album-closing “Wish You Well.”

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Katelyn Read of The Voice Season 8Katelyn Read
“We’ve Come This Far” EP

Released: May 12, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 8

An impressive seven-track singer-songwriter EP, partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Highlights include “Brick + Mortar,” “Movin’ On” and the touching ballad “Scars.” The latter is based on Katelyn’s reflections on giving birth to her daugther at age 19. Katelyn also released a five-track pre-show EP in 2014.

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Nick Hagelin of The Voice Season 10Nick Hagelin
“The Water”

Released: May 5, 2017
Finish: Top 9, Season 10

Less pop and more sultry singer-songwriter sexiness marks Nick’s first major post-Voice effort. Highlights include lead single “Bloon Moon,” the catchiest song in the collection, the more acoustic “Faith” and sizzling “No Hands.” This seven-track EP comes from a guy who released a pair of albums and a pair of EPs before landing a spot on Season 10.

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Luke Edgemon of The Voice Season 4Luke Edgemon
“Sweeter Ground”

Released: April 28, 2017
Finish: Knockout round, Season 4

Since The Voice, Luke worked as a background singer on “Glee” for five seasons and appeared on TV performing alongside Lady Gaga at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show. This five-track EP stems from his decision that it was time to step out of the background and create some “diamonds” of his own. Top among them: an addictive pop tune called “Same Stars” and a lovely ballad “Don’t Try to Make Me Feel Better.”

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Reagan James of The Voice Season 7Reagan James
“Message”

Released: April 28, 2017
Finish: Top 10, Season 7

This six-track mix tape from Reagan marks her second major release since The Voice and her third album overall, and she’s still just 18. She’s clearly still experimenting with her sound as well. Top tracks here are the funky “Can’t Stop” and “Millionaire,” about a young woman who’s let love slip away.

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Christina Grimmie from The Voice Season 6Christina Grimmie
“Side B” EP

Released: April 21, 2017
Finish: 3rd, Season 6

In 2016, prior to her tragic death, Christina released a brilliant EP called “Side A.” Determined to keep her legacy alive, her family followed up with “Side B,” featuring five previously unreleased tracks. Highlights include “The Game,” “I Only Miss You When You Breathe” and a cover of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.”

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Gabriel Wolfchild from The Voice Season 8Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Light
“Mornings Like These”EP

Released: April 14, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 8

Gabriel launched a Kickstarter to fund this project, declaring “the days of singing sad songs alone are over.” He fulfilled that promise with the help of Seattle music collaborators The Northern Light and songs filled with hope, including a pair of superb singles, “Shipwrecks” and “Runaways.”

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Gigi Rich of The Voice Season 7Gigi Rich
“All in My Head” EP

Released: March 31, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 7

She was 18-year-old Gianna Salvato on The Voice, but adopted a new stage name to reflect a new sound and new maturity in her music. Both work on this five-track EP, featuring the catchy single “Same Kind of Crazy” and the absolutely gorgeous vocal on a ballad called “Still Want You.”

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RaeLynn, formerly of The VoiceRaeLynn
“WildHorse”

Released: March 24, 2017
Finish: Top 16, Season 2

Five years after appearing on The Voice, RaeLynn finally got to release this debut album after a label switch to Warner Nashville. It turned out to be one of the most successful post-show albums ever, debuting at number 20 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard country albums chart. The 11 tracks feature the touching lead single “Love Triangle” plus plenty of other standout tracks, including “Insecure,” “Diamonds,” “Trigger” and the title track. RaeLynn previously scored a hit single with “God Made Girls” (2014) and released a five-track EP called “Me” (2015).

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The Swon Brothers from The Voice Season 4The Swon Brothers
“Pretty Cool Scars” EP

Released: March 17, 2017
Finish: 3rd, Season 4

Chalk up a second standout EP for Zach and Colton since leaving Sony Music following their 2014 debut album. “Don’t Call Me” is the lead single. But my favorite tracks are a piece of pop-country ear candy called “About Last Night” and the raucous party tune “Dwight Trashed” during which they do a lot of country name dropping.

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Dan Shafer of The Voice Season 11Dan Shafer
“Rise Above”

Released: March 10, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 11

The veteran performer has packaged remastered versions of some previously released tunes and some never-before-released originals for a nine-track post-show album. There are two versions of “Leaving Virginia,” one of the standout tracks. Another highlight is a rocker called “Pour Your Love.”

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Skinny-E (Evan McKeel)
“Brown Paper Bag”

Released: Feb. 24, 2017
Finish: Top 11, Season 9

During his Voice exit interview, Evan McKeel said he already had a lot of music ready to release. He’s fulfilled that promise, delivering a “Live Session No. 1” EP last year, followed by this 10-track singer-songwriter album. It’s his best yet and the best of the 10 tracks is a ballad called “Always.”

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Gina Zo of The Voice Season 10Gina Zo (Castanzo)
“My Weakness”

Released: Feb. 14, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 10

Gina Castanzo wisely shortened her stage name to Gina Zo, released a debut single in August, then followed up with this promising nine-track singer-songwriter album. My favorite tracks come when Gina picks up the tempo, like on “Gypsy Sounds” and “Set Me Free.” The album also includes that single, “Lost.”

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Cali Tucker of The Voice Season 6Cali Tucker
“Cover Girl”

Released: Feb. 14, 2017
Finish: 1st battle round, Season 6

A clever title seeing as how Cali looks like a cover girl and the album consists of 11 covers. And the niece of country superstar Tanya Tucker doesn’t stick to her roots since those covers range from Etta James’ “At Last” to Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.”

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Dia Frampton of The Voice Season 1Dia Frampton
“Bruises”

Released: Feb. 13, 2017
Finish: 2nd, Season 1

What started out as a second Archis project turned into Dia’s first solo album since 2011’s post-Voice “Red.” Regardless of how it came to be, these 12 magical tracks get better with each listen. Tracks you absolutely shouldn’t miss include “Dead Man,” “Chances,” “Blind” and the glorious album ending “Die Wild.”

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Siahna Im of The Voice Season 9Siahna
“Untouchable” EP

Released: Feb. 4, 2017
Finish: Knockout round, Season 9

Siahna Im was just 15 when she auditioned for The Voice in 2015. She dropped her last name for her debut release, a 7-track pop EP. “Warrior” was the lead single and she released a video for the song in late 2016. But the standout track is the electro-pop “Circus.”

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Rebecca Loebe from The Voice Season 1Rebecca Loebe
“Blink”

Released: Feb. 3, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 1

The self-described “gypsy minstrel” serves up her fifth album and her first since 2012’s “Circus Heart.” And have no doubt, this is Rebecca’s best yet, an 11-song collection that is every bit as good when Rebecca’s slows things down (“Easy Money,” “Weeping Willow”) as when she speeds things up (“Cannonball,” “Forever Young Forever.” Then there’s the incredibly addictive “Bad Things.” Do not miss this album!

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Anthony Evans of The Voice Season 2Anthony Evans
“Back to Life”

Released: Feb. 3, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 2

Anthony released three Christian albums before he appeared on The Voice; this marks his second since and a return to more traditional Christian music after experimenting with more of a techno pop sound on 2014’s “Real Life / Real Worship.” The best of the 11 tracks include the title track, “See You Again,” “Because of Your Prayers” and a rousing cover of “Ever Be.”

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Josh Halverson of The Voice Season 11Josh Halverson
“Year of the Thunderbird”

Released: Jan. 30, 2017
Finish: Top 20, Season 11

With the help of a Pledge Music campaign, Josh released his second album of Americana folk rock just a month and a half after Season 11 ended and named it after his young son, Thunderbird. Can’t miss tunes include the retro-rocker “Show Me Baby,” and a pair of county-tinged tunes “Out My Window” and “All Will See.”

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Dustin Christensen of the Voice Season 9Dustin Christensen
“Sad Songs Mixes 1 & 2”

Released: Jan. 27, 2017
Finish: Top 20, Season 9

Don’t let the title discourage you. While the best songs on the album — “The Rio Grande,” “Hollow Town” and “You Could’ve Loved Me” — fit the “sad songs” theme, Dustin’s vocals are so good you won’t be disappointed. A bit more uplifting is the album closing “Ruler of Your Heart.” This marks Dustin’s post-Voice debut and his first album since “Highway Lines” in 2011.

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Tje Austin of The Voice Season 1Tje Austin
“I Belong to You” EP

Released: Jan. 20, 2017
Finish: Battle round, Season 1

An impressive and versatile seven-track EP from a guy who wound up fighting a three-year battle with cancer following his 2011 appearance on the show. The excellent EP-ending “Everybody Goes Away” stems from that experience. Other top tracks include the lovely title ballad and the country-tinged “Whiskey.” This marks Tje’s third major release since The Voice.

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Luke Wade of The Voice Season 7Luke Wade
“Only Ghosts”

Released: Jan. 13, 2017
Finish: Top 8, Season 7

The long-awaited album from the Season 7 standout — his first since the show — doesn’t disappoint. “Three Days,” released as a single in the run-up to the album is the standout track. But the followup to his 2014 album “The River” isn’t short on highlights. They also include “Someone Like You,” “Say It Out Loud” and “While I Was Away.”

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Nelly's Echo (Nelson Emokpae) of The Voice Season 3Nelly’s Echo
“I’m Okay” EP

Released: Jan. 7, 2017
Finish: Battle Round, Season 3

The only problem with the latest EP from Baltimore-based Nelson Emokpae: At four songs, it’s way to fleeting. That’s especially case after hearing the addictive title track and the lovely EP closing ballad, featuring a big vocal assist from female vocalist Chrystian Barnes.Since the show, Nelly’s Echo has also released an album (2013’s “Journey”) and another EP (2015’s “Voices”).

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