2018 in Review: Top Songs

Christiana Danielle: “Resignation”


Christiana Danielle from The Voice Season 14 released Resignation, her debut single, in 2018

Christiana Danielle from The Voice Season 14 released Resignation, her debut single, in 2018.

Christiana Danielle made her debut as a solo artist at age 22 when she auditioned for Season 14 of The Voice.

You might say that went pretty well. She wound up finishing in the Top 10.

Then, in mid-October, she released her debut single. It’s called “Resignation,” and it features one of my favorite vocals on an original song in 2018.

Christiana told Twenty Four Seven Magazine that “Resignation” “is actually a journal/spoken word piece that I wrote two years ago, not thinking it was going to be a song.

“It’s talking about freedom and resigning from social norms, pressure and anything that tries to change you. We’re all created perfectly in God’s eyes. He was intentional when he made us.”

Pre-Voice, Christiana did most of her singing with the worship team at Indiana’s Huntington University.

Post-Voice, she performed her single in Fort Wayne at her first-ever headlining show, sang the national anthem for the Colts, did a couple shows with friends from Season 14 and recently opened for CeCe Winans.

Here’s “Resignation.”

Editor’s Note: By my count, former contestants from The Voice released more than 70 albums or EPs, more than 90 music videos and more than 800 original songs in 2018.

This week, I’m featuring my favorites, spotlighting what I’m calling the Top 5 music videos, Top 20 songs and Top 5 albums/EPs.

I hesitate to call them the best because that’s very subjective. Besides, I easily could have made each of these lists five times as long and still omitted lots and lots of great music.

That’s why I grit my teeth when Marshmellow or Ann-Marie or even a coach or advisor winds up with a guest performance spot on The Voice. I’ll never understand why the show doesn’t do more to promote its alumni.

Ah, but this isn’t a time for griping. It’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of talented artists.

I’ve also posted a complete list of post-Voice singles, albums and EPs, with links for your listening pleasure. And a blog with all 90-plus music videos. Please, check them out. Find your own favorites.

And if I’ve missed anyone, let me know. Stage names change. Side projects are created. Tracking the output of 600 post-Voice artists … well, I’ll be shocked if I didn’t miss someone. Just let me know by commenting below or emailing [email protected]. In terms of singles, my goal is to list any where the former contestant is the primary vocalist.

Coming tomorrow: The Top 5 post-Voice albums of 2018.

Happy listening.

Top songs (not ranked)

Adanna Duru, “Doll”
Amanda Brown, “Take a Pill”
Amy Vachal, “Wait”
Austin Jenckes, “In My Head”
Brian Nhira, “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

Cartelli, “Last Night’s Mascara”
Chloe Kohanski, “Come This Far”
Christiana Danielle, “Resignation”
Darby, “Save a Thought for Me”
Domo, “Currency”

D.R. King & Jackie Foster, “Love is a Drug”
Jamie Lono, “New Orleans”
Johnny Gates, “Brooklyn Nights”
Koryn Hawthorne, “Down Goes Rome”
Loren Allred, “Never Enough”

Matt McAndrew, “Game Over”
Natalie Stovall, “Making Out in Cars”
RaeLynn, “Queens Don’t”
Riley Biederer, “Heartbreak Back”
We McDonald, “Head Up High”

Top Videos

1. Faultlines (Ashley Morgan), “Rain”
2. Sawyer Fredericks, “Hide Your Ghost”
3. Darby, “Play Pretend”
4. Brian Nhira, “Is This Love?”
5. Dawson Coyle, “Saturn”

All 2018 music videos
All 2018 albums and EPs
All 2018 singles

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