After The Voice

New country from Chevel Shepherd, James David Carter, the Swon Brothers

  • Chevel Shepherd from The Voice Season 15
    Chevel Shepherd from The Voice Season 15


Lots of new post-Voice music has been released in the past two weeks, including new songs from former finalists Chevel Shepherd and the Swon Brothers and an EP from Season 7 standout James David Carter.

Here’s a look at each of those releases.

The links take you to the releases on Apple Music. Or you can check out the Spotify snippets below.

* Chevel Shepherd, the Season 15 champion on The Voice, released “Just Like the Circus,” a classic-sounding country single on Friday. The song finds Chevel, now 18, receiving an invite to rekindle an on-again, off-again relationship but realizing that “just like the circus, you always leave town.” She eventually declines, and calls the song one of empowerment in an interview with The matching circus-themed music video also dropped Friday. The song was written by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Ashley Arrison.

* James David Carter from Season 7 has released a five-song EP called “Green Light.” The excellent title track, he says, is a song he’s been playing live at shows for years. Writes James of “Green Light”: “This is probably the most honest and raw song I’ve ever written because I wrote it the night I found out some unfortunate things about the one who I thought loved me. But the cool thing is we live and learn, and God ultimately protects us from things not meant for us in the end.”

* The Swon Brothers, with their sophomore album a week away, continue releasing a song from it each week. This week, it’s “Best of the Best,” a tune written by the all-star team of Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Corey Crowder and Tyler Hubbard. Zach Colton calls it a rocking, catchy tune, one both he and brother Colton gravitated toward, though they listened to the demo separately. That sophomore album from the Season 3 duo is called “Nashlahoma” and is available for pre-order.

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