‘The Voice’ Country Contestants: Where Are They Now?

by Jacklyn Krol
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Do you know what your favorite The Voice contestants are up to now? Find out all about the fan favorite artists and where they are now.

Morgan Wallen

Team Usher to Team Adam Levine, Season 6

Audition: “Collide” – Howie Day

Turned: Sharkia, Usher

Believe it or not, Morgan Wallen got his start on The Voice with coaches that are not country in R&B superstar Usher and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. During the battles, Wallen lost his round but Levine saved him. He was eliminated during the playoffs.

Wallen has since become a country superstar. Seven of his singles went platinum, including “Whiskey Glasses” which went four-times platinum. In 2020 he won the CMA Award for New Artist and the Best New Country Artist award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

RaeLynn

Team Blake, Season 2

Audition: “Hell On Heels” – Pistol Annies

Turned: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine

Blake Shelton’s infamous “pick me” gesture all started with RaeLynn. RaeLynn made it quite a few rounds on the show and even performed “Wake Up Call” by Maroon 5 in front of Levine. During her time on the show, a handful of her covers charted on iTunes.

RaeLynn is still close to Shelton to this day. She famously collaborated with him on his single, “Boys Round Here.” She toured with both Shelton and his ex-wife Miranda Lambert, her idol. The “God Made Girls” singer was originally signed with Big Machine Label Group but moved to Warner Music Nashville in 2016.

Danielle Bradbery

Team Blake, Season 4

Audition: “Mean” – Taylor Swift

Turned: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Usher

Danielle Bradbery made America fall in love with her pop-country crossover voice. Her rendition of “Heads Carolina, Tails California” reached the Top 10 all-genre iTunes chart. Shelton and Bradbery ended up winning Season 4. She signed with Big Machine Records after her win.

Bradbery has toured with acts like Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes.  Her single “My Day” was featured in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. She released two studio albums, a self-titled record and I Don’t Believe We’ve Met. Her song “Blackout” was featured in the remake of the Charlie’s Angels film.

Gwen Sebastian

Team Blake, Season 2

Audition: “Stay” – Sugarland

Turned: Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine

Gwen Sebastian’s time on the voice was too short-lived for most fans as she was knocked out in the battles. Her battle song was Pat Benatar’s “We Belong.” During this season, saves were not available to coaches, otherwise fans are sure she would have made it through the show.

Sebastian became a backup singer for both Shelton and Miranda Lambert. She was also a featured artist on Shelton’s song “My Eyes.” She has since launched a country music solo career. Earlier this year she released her record, Once Upon A Time in the West: Act 2.

Cassadee Pope

Team Blake, Season 3

Audition: “Torn” – Michelle Branch

Turned: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera

The Hey Monday frontwoman was no stranger to music prior to her time on the show. She went from rocker to country songstress and transitioned into the new genre during the competition. Pope went on to win the entire season and signed with Big Machine Label Group.

 Her debut single, “Wasting All These Tears” peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart and was certified Platinum. Pope famously duetted with Chris Young on “Think of You.” The single went No. 1 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart and was nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy award. Pope departed from Big Machine in 2017 and became an independent artist. She released her sophomore album, Stages, back in 2019.

The Swon Brothers

Team Blake, Season 4

Audition: “American Girl” – Tom Petty

Turned: Usher, Shakira, Blake Shelton

The Swon Brothers quickly won over America with their harmonies. Zach and Colton Swon finished Season 4 in third place, the farthest a duo has ever reached on the show.

In 2013, the duo signed with Sony and released their debut self-titled album the following year. In 2015, they left their record label. They have since toured with everyone from Brad Paisley to Carrie Underwood. Earlier this year the pair released their independent record, Nashlaholma, an ode to Nashville and their home state of Oklahoma.

Josh Gallagher

Team Blake Shelton to Team Adam Levine, Season 11

Audition: “Stay A Little Longer” – Brothers Osborne

Turned: Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys

Josh Gallagher won over two non-country judges with his classic take on country tunes. Although Shelton let him go during the battles, Levine saved him and mentored him. Furthermore, he finished the show in fourth place.

Last year, his single, “Boots Like Mine,” was CMT’s No. 1 Music Video on the 12 Pack Countdown for 8 weeks straight. Gallagher is still creating music and has been releasing new content and live streams for fans amid the pandemic.

Sundance Head

Team Blake Shelton, Season 11

Audition: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Otis Redding

Turned: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine

Sundance Head’s soul-infused country music turned heads and chairs. What fans may not know is the fact that he was a semi-finalist on American Idol in 2007 during Season 6. Nine years later, he joined The Voice and was the winner of Season 11.

In 2018, Head signed with Wildcatter Records. The Texas native will be touring in the new year. He released a popular holiday tune, “This Is Our Christmas Song,’ that his wife co-wrote alongside him.

Craig Wayne Boyd

Team Blake Shelton, turned Gwen Stefani, turned Blake Shelton Season 7

Audition: “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'” – Travis Tritt

Turned: Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams

Craig Wayne Boyd went from Shelton’s team to Stefani’s team then back to Shelton’s team. After being stolen twice, Boyd ended up winning the show. He signed with Universal’s Dot Records.

His single, “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face,” debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His fans, Yallers, have been sticking by his side with every new release. He formed a trio, Texas Hill, alongside Adam Wakefield and Casey James. The group released their self-titled debut EP. The group seems to be his priority while his solo work takes the backburner.

Nicolle Galyon

Team Adam Levine, Season 2

Audition: “You Save Me” – Kenny Chesney

Turned: Adam Levine

Nicolle Galyon’s time on the show was cut short during the battle rounds. The brief time kicked off her songwriting and producing career. She befriended contestant RaeLynn and co-wrote and co-produced her debut record, Wildhorse.

Galyon was picked up by Miranda Lambert to co-write her smash single, “Automatic.” From there, Gallyon’s career in songwriting and producing has taken off with cuts from superstars like Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, among countless others.

Jake Hoot

Team Kelly Clarkson, Season 17

Audition: “When It Rains It Pours” – Luke Combs

Turned: Kelly Clarkson

Who thought a one chair turn could win the show? Jake Hoot proved everyone wrong and won Season 17.

Directly after his win, he performed his debut single, “Better Off Without You,” which he wrote. He then made his official Grand Ole Opry Debut in February of 2020. Although he’s still releasing music, he revealed to CMT that he has a day job. He works as a sales executive for radio stations in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Chevel Shepherd

Team Kelly Clarkson, Season 15

Audition: “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry

Turned: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton

At just sixteen years old, Chevel Shepherd had a three-chair turn and won the competition. This marked Clarkson’s second win as a coach.

Shepherd has continued to create music while in school. She recently released her record, A Good Ol’ Country Christmas. Prior to the pandemic, she supported Clarkson, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, and Lee Brice on tour. She also sang the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500.

Emily Ann Roberts

Team Blake Shelton, Season 9

Audition: “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack

Turned: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

Emily Ann Roberts made the most of her time on the show. Three of her covers reached the Hot country Songs chart while one made the Hot Christian Songs chart. Overall, she finished in second place.

After the competition, Roberts finished school before pursuing her music full time. She released her debut single in 2018, “Stuck on Me and You” which reached the top 40 on iTunes. In 2019, she returned to the show to perform her single, “Someday Dream.” She later signed to Starstruck Records.

Todd Tilghman

Team Blake Shelton, Season 18

Audition: “We’ve Got Tonight” – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Turned: Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend, Blake Shelton

Tilghman made waves during the competition after getting all four judges to turn around during the blind auditions. The pastor ended up winning the entire show. He became the oldest winner of the show at 42.

Tilghman has been posting covers and original music regularly on his YouTube channel. Although plans have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Ultimately, I’m walking away from the means by which I have supplied for my family … without any 100% certainty this will for sure turn out and work,” he told Desert News. “If I had my wishes, a handful of more things would be solidified by now. But you know, that’s just not how life works.”

Jake Worthington

Team Blake Shelton, Season 6

Audition: “Don’t Close Your Eyes” – Keith Whitley

Turned: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

Jake Worthington was one of the few classic country artists during Season 6 of The Voice. The Texas native performed covers of every male country great and made it till the end. Worthington placed second on his season. His music from the show reached the Top 20 on Billboard charts.

Worthington released his first EP in 2015 that debuted at No. 16 on Billboards Heatseekers Chart and No. 44 on Billboard Country Albums Chart. He is currently hard at work on his full-length debut studio album.

Adam Wakefield

Team Blake Shelton, Season 10

Audition: “Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton

Turned: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine

Adam Wakefields deep voice captured attention during his time on the show. Overall, he came in second place for his season.

During quarantine, he has uploaded a new song every week for his Patreon supporters. He joined the trio Texas Hill alongside American Idol alum Casey James and fellow The Voice alum, Craig Wayne Boyd.

Lauren Duski

Team Blake Shelton, Season 12

Audition: “You Were Meant For Me” – Jewel

Turned: Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine

Lauren Duski wowed judges with her audition and performances throughout Season 12 of The Voice. Her smooth vocals made listeners pay attention. She made it into the top twelve before being eliminated.

Duski has been steadily releasing new music as an independent artist since her departure from the show. Her dedicated fan base has supported her storytelling lyricism. She recently signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.

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