Season 7 of The Voice is upon us, and while everyone’s buzzing about the arrival of new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, there’s been a lot going on with the artists that you may not have heard about. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest Voice-related happenings and included them here for you to catch up before you tune into tonight’s premiere episode.
What happened to the artists from season 6?
Just a few months ago, we were celebrating Josh Kaufman’s victory in season six of The Voice. After leading the The Voice Tour across the country, Team Usher’s champion is now headed to the Great White Way. The Associated Press is reporting Josh has taken the lead role in a new production of Pippin. His run will begin November 4 and end December 4 at the Music Box Theatre in New York.
Runners-up Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie have stayed busy as well. Both joined Josh on The Voice Tour, and Christina’s single “Must Be Love” was released in July.
Don’t forget the artists from season 5…
It’s the folks from season five (understandably, since they’ve had more than a few months to work) that have the most to talk about. Season five winner Tessanne Chin quietly released her first post-show album, Count On My Love. Her teammate and third-place finisher Will Champlin also released a record, Borrowing Trouble. And runner-up Jacquie Lee has a single, “Broken Ones,” not to be confused with season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton’s single “The Broken Ones.”
All three artists joined the top singers from season 6 on The Voice Tour this past summer, which Will spoke about with The Voice Examiner in an interview here. We also reviewed the tour here.
In other news…
Here’s what some of the other artists from The Voice family have been up to.
- Team Adam’s Nicole Nelson premiered a new music video for the Dwight & Nicole song “Smile.”
- Team Adam’s Pip has a distribution deal with Bungalo/Universal.
- Team Blake’s The Swon Brothers nabbed themselves a CMA Award nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year. The winner will be revealed November 5 on ABC.
- Team Christina’s Paulina Cerrilla starred in the independent film String Theory and contributed to its soundtrack.
And of course, the coaches…
The coaches stayed busy in the off-season as well. Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5 once again had a chart-topper upon the release of their fifth studio album, appropriately titled V. Subsequently, they announced plans for a 2015 World Tour; tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster. And here’s a coincidence (or good timing): the new record contains a duet with new Voice coach Gwen Stefani entitled “My Heart Is Open.”
CMA Award nominee Blake Shelton is on the road with his Ten Times Crazier Tour, and his new album, Bringing Back The Sunshine, will be released later this month. You can pre-order your copy here. Voice alum Gwen Sebastian continues to serve as Blake’s backup singer, in addition to joining him for the hit duet “My Eyes.”
Season seven of The Voice kicks off tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC. You can follow all of The Voice Examiner’s updates through the season here, on Twitter (@bigredchairs) or on our website (bigredchairs.com).
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