In the past two weeks, I’ve posted individual profiles on more than 30 of the 48 contestants rumored to earn spots on Season 13 of The Voice.
And what a cast it is. Season 13 will feature a former duet partner with Charlie Puth. A retired NFL player. A dad whose daughter became a national singing sensation at age 3. And lots of singers who have already released impressive music.
But there also were several contestants I couldn’t find enough information on to post individual blogs. Snippets on those contestants appear below.
I promise, this won’t be like montaged blind auditions on The Voice. I’ll be back with full blogs on all of these contestants, after their blind auditions, once I learn more about them.
As for the profiles already listed, links can be found below. You can also find a playlist of more than 20 tracks those artists have already released.
She’s from Wesley Chapel, Fla., according to her Twitter account. On Instagram, she describes herself as a A.J. — a singer, dancer, painter and photographer. You can find several snippets of her covers on that Twitter account.
Ashland describes herself as a 5-foot-2 fireball of a country and southern rock singer-songwriter whose inspirations include Miranda Lambert, Bonnie Raitt and Chris Stapleton. She hails from Peidmont, S.C., has been playing guitar since 2010 and will launch her first full-band show later this month. She has a YouTube channel loaded with covers.
On his personal Facebook page, Brandon describes himself as a former performer with Royal Caribbean International and an educator with Arlington Public Schools in Virginia. And 2017 is turning out to be quite the year for the young man from Virginia. In July, he married his wife Perla. He also has an excellent cover of “Earned It” on his YouTube channel.
Brooke begin singing with her parents at age 2 as part of the Mills Family Ministries. At one point, she performed as Brooke Mills and the Revolution. She’s still involved in praise and worship music, though now with her husband of three years Ray Simpson, performing mostly in North Carolina judging from YouTube videos of their performances. She describes herself as “just a happy girl writing sad songs.”
Back in May, NBC did a story on Chris, who got his start singing in church. That’s when the truth came out: He was gay in a church that condemned homosexuality. The focus of the NBC story is that Chris found his way back to church in New York City. He also now performs in drag as Nedra Belle and celebrates his participation on The Voice on Nedra’s Instagram account, which, by the way, has more followers than the official Chris Weaver account.
He is or was the lead vocalist of the folk pop-rock band Don’t Sigh Daisy, which released EPs in 2008 and 2009 and an album in 2011. The Florida-based band, which also included former American Idol contestant Joshua Wicker, played a farewell show in 2013, but returned with a single called “Better Man” earlier this year. Dylan’s also a featured vocalist on a couple of recent songs released by Joshua. According to his personal Facebook page, he’s an after-school counselor at an O2B Kids program in Gainesville, Fla.
He’s a 27-year-old at JG Music School in Los Angeles, according to his Facebook profile. He studied in Nashville, Tenn., and vocal performance and opera at California State University. Like fellow Voice contestant Janice Freeman, he’s been a contributor during jam sessions at Tha Juice Joint, a Los Angeles club that hosts open mic jam sessions.
He’s a 25-year-old singer from upstate New York who has been working on a debut EP. In terms of covers, he says he does everything from Sam Cooke to Mumford and Sons. Season 13 isn’t his first stab at The Voice. According to his bio in a K104.7 video performance competition, he made it deep into the audition process back in 2015.
She received an associates degree from El Camino College Compton Center in May and, according to her Twitter account “listens to the Junk of the Heart album by The Kooks over and over.” The Kooks are an alternative band. Ilianna was also accepted to study at the Berklee College of Music this fall … if The Voice hasn’t interrupted those plans.
On Instagram, Jeremiah calls himself a singer-songwriter, wrestler and spikeballer. He has trophies to back up the wrestling part. And regardless of how he does on the show, he’s already a Voice winner of sorts. Judging from his Instagram posts, he found love with a fellow auditioner. Pre-Voice, he was also part of a duo called Miller and Howell, and described their sound as a little jazz, a little pop.
Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, John apparently got started in music at a young age and was considered a child prodigy at piano and trumpet. Vocals soon followed and he eventually moved to Atlanta, Ga., and became a lead vocalist with the Celebrity All-Star Band, a cover cover band that performs at corporate and other events. He might also have performed as Christian singer John Cheatum, judging from some web bios. As Jon Mero, he’s released a pair of singles — “Christmastime” in 2015 and the deliciously funky “Tell Me” in 2016.
On Facebook, Karli identifies herself as a southern-California folk/pop singer and songwriter “with a uniquely classic flair.” She also plays ukulele. On Instagram, she said she decided to sign up for a Voice open call audition in February after “tons of requests from family, friends, and strangers.” Her reaction to advancing is priceless. “Let me tell you, that red card surprised the poopy out of me and little did I know of the whirlwind of intense awesomeness that was to come,” she writes.
On her YouTube channel, Megan describes herself as a 20-year-old aspiring country singer stuck in the hustle and bustle of the city. That city would be San Francisco; she’s apparently a student at San Francisco State.
On Instagram, Michael says he finally took his dad’s advice and auditioned for The Voice. He has Voice connections. He’s recorded with former contestant Jacob Poole. He’s backed former contestant Amber Carrington. And he’s performed alongside Caroline Glaser and co-produced her debut album. Michael describes himself as a pop artist, is based in Nashville and working on his debut project.
Neville Wu / Maxxon
He’s an indie artist who, on Twitter, proclaims that he hates social media, which might explain why his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts seem brand new. If anyone else can fill in the blanks on Neville Wu / Maxxon feel free to comment below. He’s rumored to land a spot on Team Blake Shelton.
Below are links to individual blogs on singers previously featured. And at right, you’ll find a playlist of music they’ve already released.
Black Magnolia was a band fronted by Adam Pearce. Cumberland Blue featured Chloe Kohanski as lead vocalist.
Anna Catherine DeHart