NBC hosted a premiere for The Voice Season 4 in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and pretty much everyone from the past three seasons joined the coaches on the red carpet. Scroll down to see pictures of familiar faces, from coaches Blake Shelton and Usher to Dia Frampton, Terry McDermott and Pip, just to name a few!
We’re just shy of a month from a brand-new season of NBC’s The Voice, and only about two months removed from America crowning Team Blake’s Cassadee Pope the winner of the show’s third cycle. What’s been happening with the show and its artists since Cassadee won the title?
As has been heavily publicized, Season 4 will be the first with new coaches Shakira and Usher, who were introduced in the fall. You can read some of their early thoughts on joining The Voice here. This may also be the only season for the new arrivals, as previous coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green – who are on a break this time around – have expressed interest in returning for Season 5 this fall. However, it’s worth noting that nothing has been finalized yet beyond Season 4.
The guest mentors this year will be Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum (Team Adam), Sheryl Crow (Team Blake), Joel Madden (Team Shakira) and Pharrell Williams (Team Usher).
Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope officially signed her recording deal with Universal and has been hard at work writing and recording ever since, according to her Facebook. Universal released a CD version of her Voice performances here. Cassadee posted a video update on her progress here.
Runner-up Terry McDermott hasn’t slowed down since leaving the show, either. In fact, he recently released a new single “Pictures” via SoundCloud, which he co-wrote with Dave Burman. His performance of “Baby, I Love Your Way” with Peter Frampton from the Voice finale was retroactively released on iTunes here.
Here’s a short list of major developments with other Voice artists, past and present.
Team Adam: Season 3′s Amanda Brown appears on the soundtrack to the recent Universal release Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. Her teammate Bryan Keith brought some new music to his live show at the Gramercy Theater; you can watch the video here. Season 2′s Pip released his EP No Formalities; you can get it here. Tony Lucca is hard at work on his new album, and performing some new originals on the road, like “Reckless Love.” Kim Yarbrough is preparing for the release of her single “Brand New Day” (here’s a teaser video), guested on CBS’s Vegas, appears in the March 6 episode of TNT’s Southland, and her Nickelodeon project has been ordered to series. Katrina Parker is working on new music of her own after the successful funding of her Kickstarter project. Season 1′s Tim Mahoney released his next CD, Shine Through, which includes his Voice-related tune “Hey Adam Levine.” Casey Weston has a new album on the way; you can pre-order it here and stay tuned for an upcoming interview.
Team Blake: Season 3′s Suzanna Choffel released her new single “Guardians.” Season 2′s winner, Jermaine Paul, postponed the release of his post-show album Finally until sometime later this year; you can pre-order it at Amazon, although there’s no specific street date listed there. Season 2 alum Jordis Unga is in the home stretch of putting together her new album, and also won a Grammy this year for her work on Jimmy Cliff’s Rebirth, which took the trophy for Best Reggae Album. Erin Willett has recently posted a new cover.
Team Cee Lo: Season 3′s MacKenzie Bourg has dropped his debut single. Season 1′s Nakia is releasing his next EP, Drown In The Crimson Tide, and is playing a few tour dates in his home state of Texas. His battle round partner Tje Austin put out his new CD, Dreamin’ Big. Also, Paste Magazine wants to help you make your own Cee Lo Green.
Team Christina: Season 3′s Devyn DeLoera released a music video with Ready Revolution that you can find here, along with several covers on her Facebook page. She has new music coming your way on March 4. The busiest Voice alum by far is Season 2′s Chris Mann, who recently taped Chris Mann in Concert for PBS to be aired in March. Also next month, Chris will be announcing tour dates, one of which is New York’s Highline Ballroom. Lindsey Pavao put out her new single “No Revelation.” Moses Stone released new music; you can find “Beautiful Nightmare” here.
Season 4 of The Voice begins March 25. For the latest on all things related to NBC’s hit singing competition, you can visit Big Red Chairs.
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The Voice has been nominated for Outstanding Reality Program at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Team Christina’s Beverly McClellan also scored a nom for Outstanding Music Artist, where her album Fear Nothing will go up against the likes of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.
You can see a full list of nominees here. Congratulations to Beverly and everyone involved with the show on the recognition!
Team Cee Lo’s Tje Austin has also announced a handful of new tour dates, so don’t miss checking him out if you’re in Texas over the next two months. You can find those dates on the Calendar.
Here’s the breaking news: NBC is taking the Big Red Chairs on tour! Yep, starting this Saturday in Los Angeles (where things will be graced by new correspondent Christina Milian), select cities across the country will get to see this blog’s namesakes up close and personal and sit in them. (And having already done so I can say they are fabulous!) There will also be giveaways. The six dates include stops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Minneapolis. For the specific dates and locations, check the Calendar now!
Team Christina’s lovely Beverly McClellan let me join her on tour this past week. You can read about that, check out a review of Casey Weston‘s new album, and get the latest appearance dates for your artists and coaches at my Starpulse blog. In short: wow. One of the most fun nights in my recent memory, and a great set from one of the show’s favorite performers.
In other music news, also spent Monday night at the live finale of NBC’s The Sing-Off, where I got to chat up the likes of Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds. You can find that piece over at Starpulse as well.
Many of your Voice artists – and some of their coaches – are hitting the road this holiday season. Are they coming to your area? I’ve compiled a list of tour dates, TV appearances and ever-important season 2 air dates on the Events Calendar page. Just click “Calendar” in the toolbar above and you’ll have access to a full schedule, plus links to buy tickets to shows (when available). I’ll keep this calendar updated weekly with the latest from all your favorite artists!
It’s a great week for The Voice! Visit my Starpulse blog for an interview with Dia Frampton, reviews of Javier Colon and Beverly McClellan‘s new albums, and coverage of Adam Levine‘s busy night at the American Music Awards!
It goes without saying, but the best way to support your Voice artists is to go out and buy their albums. Now that season 1 has ended, it’s all about what happens in their careers next – we don’t want to see them fade away just because they’re not on TV with us anymore. Don’t be shy about picking up a new release or sending an encouraging message on Twitter or Facebook! If you want to know how to reach your favorite artist, click on Links above and you’ll find their social media profiles.
Curious what happened to your favorite artist from season 1 of The Voice? Look no further. Since the end of season 1 I’ve been interviewing all the contestants to get the scoop on their post-show activities and favorite memories.
Or maybe you’re interested in hearing what Team Christina‘s Beverly McClellan has planned.
Stay tuned as I am constantly updating Brittany’s The Voice Blog with new interviews and tidbits about the artists. Is there someone you want to hear from? Let me know!
My episode commentary this week dissects the Team Christina vs. Team Cee Lo battle. You can read it by clicking on the link in the quote below.
What did I learn from this week’s ‘The Voice’? Everything gets bigger when it’s live, someone in the building really likes fog machines, and Adam Levine says a lot of what I was thinking. Let’s go, shall we?
Season 1, week 7: the first half of quarterfinals. Click here for the recap of Team Christina vs. Team Cee Lo.
They’re not “The Voice,” but the artists who have left the show still have plenty to say! Check out this archive of my interviews with the contestants who have exited the stage during battle rounds.
- Catching up with The Voice‘s eliminated artists, week 1: Niki Dawson (Team Cee Lo), Tim Mahoney (Team Adam), Tarralyn Ramsey (Team Christina), and Tyler Robinson (Team Blake)
- Extended interview: more with Tim Mahoney (Team Adam)
- Catching up with The Voice‘s eliminated artists, week 2: Tje Austin (Team Cee Lo), Elenowen (Team Blake), Justin Grennan (Team Christina), and Angela Wolff (Team Adam)
- Catching up with The Voice‘s eliminated artists, week 3: Julia Eason (Team Christina), Rebecca Loebe (Team Adam), and Kelsey Rey (Team Cee Lo)
- Catching up with The Voice‘s eliminated artists, week 4: Casey Desmond (Team Adam), Cherie Oakley (Team Christina), Sara Oromchi (Team Blake) and Emily Valentine (Team Cee Lo)
- Extended interview: more with Casey Desmond (Team Adam)