Pop superstar Ariana Grande joined “The Voice” this year and immediately proved her worth as a kind, caring and informative coach. The two-time Grammy winner may only be 28, but she has a lifetime of advice for the budding artists who wowed her during the blind audition phase of the NBC’s reality show. Ariana finished building her 12-person squad in the October 5 episode, but they will soon be reduced to battles, knockouts, and live shows. Which artist from Team Ariana Grande do YOU think has the best chance of winning Season 21? Vote in our poll below, then defend your choice in the comments section. (Also vote in our polls for Team Blake, Team Kelly, and Team Legend.)
Birthplace: West Islip, New York
Resident: West Islip, New York
NBC Bio: Bella grew up in a big, noisy Italian family surrounded by music. She took a liking to the scene at a young age after seeing her parents perform in their weekend rock band and was often invited to sing with them. She started participating in musical theater in second grade and continued throughout school. At 15 she joined a girl group and signed with a record label and although the group eventually disbanded, Bella had found her calling in the music industry. After high school, she pursued a career as a pop artist and spent time performing with a nonprofit band. Bella is currently working on songwriting and music recording and still performs with her parents whenever she gets the chance.
Age: 23 years old
Birthplace: Ada, Oklahoma
Resident: Tulsa, Oklahoma
NBC Bio: Hailing from the same hometown as Blake Shelton, Chavon grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, as one of eight siblings. Her whole family is musical and they spent a lot of time playing together at home and as a family group at the church where her father was pastor. They then moved to Tulsa and at 18, Chavon met Phoebe, the girl who would later become his wife. In college, he decided to pursue a judicious education and pursued physiotherapy studies, but Phoebe pushed him to pursue his musical talents. Chavon currently works part-time as a county clerk, but performs in cover bands and becomes a guitarist for local artists while trying to make a name for himself in music.
Age: 23 years old
Birthplace: Valhalla, New York
Resident: Valhalla, New York
NBC Bio: David grew up experiencing a rich musical culture on both sides of his Franco-Italian family. He comes from a long line of musicians and his greatest inspiration is his grandmother who attended Manhattan School of Music in the 1950s. He fell in love with singing at a young age and was later inspired to learn music. guitar and piano. He went to college to study audio engineering and decided to start a band with his brother. The band play 80s influenced pop and thanks to David’s education they are able to produce all of their own music. Sadly, David’s grandmother recently passed away, but he hopes to honor her memory in “The Voice”.
Age: 13 years old
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey
Resident: Clifton, New Jersey
NBC Bio: Hailey grew up with a love of music and has been singing ever since she could speak. At 8, she had to undergo surgery to correct the deterioration in vision in her right eye, but says music was the driving force that got her through it all. After successful surgery, she regained more than 30 percent of her vision and continued to learn to read music and play the piano on her own. She takes part in choral and talent shows and is preparing to attend a technical high school where she will be able to take vocal interpretation courses. As the youngest in the competition, Hailey was waiting until she turned 13 to finally be able to sing “The Voice” on stage.
JIM AND SASHA ALLEN
Age: 57 (Jim), 19 (Sacha)
Birthplace: Newtown, Connecticut
Resident: Newtown, Connecticut
NBC Bio: Jim grew up playing in various folk and bluegrass bands and went on to become a music teacher and then a father. He taught his son to play guitar at age 6 and soon after, Sasha joined Jim on stage at his concerts. Sasha did not have an easy childhood, but music has always been the constant that has supported her. Early in high school, Sasha was revealed to be transgender. It was tough years, but Sasha knew that with the support of his family and the music he could handle it all. Jim and Sasha, both songwriters, recently became an official duo and performed in open mics and other local venues. Outside of music, Sasha is an avid artist and earns money by selling her designs.
KATHERINE ANN MOHLER
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Resident: Memphis, Tennessee
NBC Bio: Katherine’s older sisters were doing musical theater and inspired her to get involved. After joining them in a school production, they continued to sing at weddings and even started recording songs together, but Katherine was the only one who decided to make it more than a hobby. In high school, she began traveling with an a cappella group, which found success participating in national talent shows. Katherine went on to get her degree in psychology, but as she was getting her masters degree, she decided to go back to music and become a solo artist. Katherine’s performance on “The Voice” will be her first solo performance outside of a group.
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Birthplace: Milpitas, California
Resident: Sacramento, California
NBC Bio: Katie grew up in Northern California and learned all about music from her father. She sang in cafes with her father and brother and got involved in the school choir, but she was still too shy to perform on her own. Katie took a long break from music and only rediscovered it in 2015, when she started performing in a band as the lead singer. She later became pregnant with her son and unfortunately stopped playing after falling into postpartum depression. Now that she feels like herself again, Katie is finally ready to pick up the music on “The Voice”.
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Age: 23 years old
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
Resident: Miami, Florida
NBC Bio: Raquel is Dominican and Puerto Rican and describes herself as a hippie who loves yoga, art, and music. When she was 6, she was singing alone in her room when her mother heard her and decided to find her an agent. At age 11, Raquel had booked her first professional gig on Nickelodeon’s “Dora The Explorer” as the voice of Dora’s friend Kate. Opportunities continued to present themselves and at age 19, she landed a songwriting contract with Latin pop star Jon Secada and moved to Miami. At the end of the contract, she struggled to break into a freelance artist and currently works as a driver for a ridesharing company that offers free rides using fully electric vehicles. Raquel hopes to finally make his musical dream come true on “The Voice”.
Age: 20 years old
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida
Resident: Fort Myers, Florida
NBC Bio: Ryleigh’s childhood was filled with recitals, choirs, and lots of karaoke. She was raised by a single mother, who was very supportive of her music, and then competed in an a cappella group in high school. While Ryleigh always felt at peace on stage, school was a different story. She was bullied and went through severe depression, but now has a new life thanks to the support of those close to her. Apart from her main focus on music, she enjoys dabbling in fashion and makeup and enjoys yoga and journaling. After high school, Ryleigh shaved his head, fully embracing his artistic and edgy side, and finally fulfilling his dream of being a part of “The Voice.”
Birthplace: San Rafael, California
Resident: San Rafael, California
NBC Bio: Sophia grew up surrounded by music and played the piano for most of her life. She has always loved singing and started performing in college after landing a role in her school production The Lion King. She immersed herself in music and also started giving back by volunteering. Sophia enjoys helping people experiencing homelessness, raising environmental awareness and enriching the lives of vulnerable populations in her hometown. Sophia is currently in her final year, has recently started playing the guitar and is ready to embark on the fulfillment of her music dream.
Age: 27 years old
Birthplace: Laguna, Philippines
Resident: Beaumont, Texas
NBC Bio: Vaughn grew up in the Philippines and was an outgoing kid who loved to sing. At age 13, his family moved to America where Vaughn felt like an outsider and became shy and reserved. Towards the end of high school, Vaughn decided to give the choir a try and finally felt his confidence return. He began to participate in singing competitions, but upon entering university he followed in his family’s footsteps and studied to become a nurse. Vaughn has spent the past four years working as a registered nurse in a hospital’s cancer unit and enjoys singing for his patients. Through work, Vaughn has learned the importance of making the most of life and is ready to try his hand with music at “The Voice”.
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