The Voice Season 16 Blind Auditions
The Voice season 16 premieres tonight with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and new coach John Legend as coaches. Sixteen seasons in, “The Voice’s” talented artists still manage to surprise us!
The Voice Season 16 coaches
John Legend's First Day – The Voice 2019
The Voice Season 16 Blind Auditions contestants. song choices
Maelyn Jarmon – Fields of Gold by Sting
Karen Galera – Mi Corazoncito by Aventura
Trey Rose – Wake me up by Avicii
Kim Cherry – No Scrubs by TLC
AJ Ryan – Love Runs Out by OneRepublic
Rizzi Myers – Breathing by Ariana Grande
Lisa Ramey – Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
Jimmy Mowery – Attention by Charlie Puth
Lil Joy – Cool by Gwen Stefani
Nathan and Chesi – Waymore’s Blues by Waylon Jennings
Matthew Johnson – I Smile by Kirk Franklin
His parents insisted he do sports. His mother was a track athlete. He loves track too. He suffered a career ending injury in high school. He turned to music. “John Legend would be a fantastic coach to work with,” says Domenic. He claims to be a novice, but there is a ton of natural talent here. Domenic has a beautiful tone and phrasing. Adam turned right away…and blocked John. He doesn’t notice right away, which amuses Kelly to no end. Blake turns at the very last minute. “I hate you Adam!” says John. He calls the singer his favorite so far. But poor Domenic is blocked from choosing his favorite by Coach Asshat. Reason 133381 why I HATE The Block. “You have the ability to separate yourself from anybody on this show,” says Blake. Kelly calls him a natural born storyteller. “I felt something in my bones when you sing,” says Adam. Domenic Chooses Team Adam. Bad choice, dude.
Kim Cherry Impresses the Coaches with "No Scrubs" – The Voice Blind Auditions 2019
Gyth Rigdon -Drift Away by Dobie Gray – 24 – He grew up training racehorses in a small Louisiana town. Also, he was raised by a single father! His dad is his hero, and also very musical. He taught his kids music. Dad got him his first gig at a bikers bar, where he met his wife. He sings all sort of music, though mostly country. His voice is surprisingly soulful. His tone is beautiful and sweet. Blake hits his button immediately. Dad is crying! Aw. John turns…dang it he’s blocked. Oh. Blake did it. Kelly turns too and is on her feet. John turned around because he gave it so much energy. Kelly’s favorite thing was his Janis Joplin yelp. She calls him “fearless” She says Gyth has the X Factor, which kicks off a bunch of NBC namechecks. Blake predicts he’ll make the finale. Because of his muscles? Well, that was pandemonium. Gyth Chooses Team Blake
Maelyn Jarmon – Fields of Gold by Sting – 25 – New York City – John notes that he’s the only man on the panel who hasn’t been named “sexiest man alive.” She doesn’t hear music the way most people do. She’s deaf in one ear due to childhood ear infections. She considers the deafness a “superpower.” She used to work in theater. Now she’s working as a waitress to support a solo career. Her interpretation of the song is lovely, emotional, and boasts a very distinctive tone. She sings like a seasoned pro. She hits an amazing high note. She didn’t even need it. The singer already had all four chairs turned. She’s originally from Frisco, Texas. Blake says she has such precision and power in her voice. He was moved! Kelly says her gift is God given. “You made yourself standout. You’re unstoppable.” John says she has “magic.” Adam calls her “astounding.” John thinks the veterans might be a little “jaded.” He brings new energy! Maelyn chooses Team John Maelyn chose John because he’s an “EGOT.” He’s what she aspires to be.
Karen Galera – Mi Corazoncito by Aventura – 19 – She would love to show America a different side of Mexico. At five, her family moved to Dallas from Mexico. Her brother is a sergeant in the Marines, and she really misses him. She cries through a good luck call with him. Currently she performs at malls and showcases. Her brother introduced her to the song she chose. Dang. Kelly turns immediately. She takes a risk, performing an all-Spanish song. John turns next. Kelly is on her feet, begging Karen to pick her! Blake didn’t hit the button, “I wasn’t sure what you were singing was appropriate.” He’s kidding, but probably not. John said he took his time to decide, but that doesn’t make her any less special. Ohhh. He’s very good at the pitch. Adam advocates for Kelly. Karen Chooses Team Kelly. They have the same birthday!
Trey, a single dad from Oklahoma, plays guitar. Adam and Blake turn. Trey picks Adam. He grew up in a “super small” town. He noted that Blake Shelton was ALSO from OK. But now he’s a single dad, because mom couldn’t handle it. He’s had to cut back on the music. His girlfriend has been very supportive. Adam turns right away. Aw. His little boy is crying. Trey accompanies himself on guitar. He’s…OK? Just OK. Blake turns at the last minute, which could ruin any chance Adam has to nab him. Adam believes he can win this thing. Hmmm. No. He’ll be gone at the Battles. Blake appreciates his energy. Trey is a fan of Ed Sheeran. But Blake insists he’s not Ed. He’s Trey! Trey is Trey! Trey Chooses Team Adam. Really now. Get ready to be thrown under the bus dude. His reasoning. He promised himself to pick the first coach who turned.
Lisa Ramey performs "Sex on Fire" in The Voice Blind Auditions.
She’s a returnee from last season. She calls the experience humbling. I remember her. I thought she was good enough for a turn. She’s VERY excited about John. He’s never heard her voice, which Lisa views as a plus. She puts a very interesting twist on the song. She’s soulful, but with a definite rock edge. Somebody better turn this time! Finally, John hits his button. And Lisa is thrilled. Kelly recognizes her. “Your voice was so powerful, you cut through everything.” He compliments her song choice. Lisa joins Team John
Rizzi Myers – Breathing by Ariana Grande – 29 – Nashville – She’s a full time mom to two kids and ALSO a full time songwriter. “My life is very hectic!” She had a major songwriting deal before she had kids. A producer wanted her to be an artist. But the downside–all the demands on looks, weight and more. So she retreated. But now she wants to show her daughter she can do it. Kelly hits her button…while blocking John. He did attempt to turn! Blake turns as well. She’s got an INSANELY CRAZY range. Those high notes. Her intonation and phrasing a terrific–an obvious professional. John calls her voice beautiful and powerful. “Pick Kelly and not Blake,” says Adam. Blake reminds Rizzi that he’s won six times. Kelly is ready for a soulful singer! “You’re so good.” Rizzi met Kelly backstage when she was 17. She has the photo! They bond instantly. It’s over. Rizzi Chooses Team Kelly
AJ Ryan – Love Runs Out by OneRepublic – 30 – Brooklyn NY – AJ was very excited when he learned John was on the panel. “He’s here just for me.” Music kept him out of trouble when he was a kid. He earned a scholarship to music school. He was the first in his family to earn a degree. His version of this song is unrecognizable, at least until he hits the chorus. Part of the problem–tons of pitch problems. He had his moments though Still… No Turns. John was a little scared of the low notes. He suggests the song was wrong. Adam agrees. Kelly loved the high notes, but felt the song was too rangy for him. AJ sings a bit of “All of Me” and it’s better.
Jimmy Mowery – Attention by Charlie Puth – 31 – His dad was a lead singer in a band. After getting married, he devoted himself to family. His parents split up, got back together again. Jimmy has a HORRIBLE backstory. In 1998, his mother’s ex-boyfriend broke into their house and killed his father. Awful. He was only 11. At 13 he picked up a guitar and it helped. Adam hits his button instantly. Actually, the two would be a good match. Jimmy has a pure pop voice, a clean tone, and a sweet falsetto. He’s a little nervous though. John hits his button next. Kelly calls his style “cool.” But noted pitch problems. Adam notes he lost it when he turned. John calls his voice rich and powerful. Adam begins coaching him right on the spot, encouraging his chest voice. Kelly pitches in too. The general consensus: Jimmy’s head voice sucks. Heh. Jimmy Chooses Adam. Probably the right choice, actually. Jimmy chose Adam because he’s been a huge fan since middle school. “My dad would be ecstatic.”
Lil Joy – Cool by Gwen Stefani – 15 – She loves COLORFUL wigs. Her family isn’t musical. She was bullied in middle school, which is where the wig wearing began. She’s a big Blake Shelton fan. She’s doing the quirky ukulele deal. Her tone is different, for sure. Blake can’t resist hitting his button. Kelly likes her, but doesn’t turn. Only Blake hits his button. “I can’t wait for Gwen to hear that,” says Blake. Kelly notes that she has the same talent as Gwen, but in a completely different way. Ha Kelly thought the Blake Gwen relationship was a “lie” at first. Nevertheless, she stopped short of turning because she wanted to Lil on Blake’s team. Blake insists he turned because of her voice. – Lil joins Team Blake
Waymore’s Blues by Waylon Jennings – 28 and 27 year old duo from Paintsville, Kentucky. After a very short courtship, the two got married. They moved in with her parents. Oh boy. Hm. I think he’s the better singer. Her tone is harsh. But their harmonies are solid. Kelly looks intrigued, but does not turn. John is grooving. But still no turn. Adam and Blake are unmoved. NO TURNS. For Blake, the felt the key was too high. Kelly didn’t like the song choice. John was confused by the duo. Adam wishes he had pushed his button. They probably deserved a turn. But lucky for them. Nathan and Chesi are chosen by Bebe for the Comeback Stage.
Matthew Johnson – I Smile by Kirk Franklin – 25- Jacksonville FL – He works as a customer rep for a collection agency. Yikes. That sounds hard. “People can be very angry.” No kidding. But at work? He’s Mr. Sunshine. Music is where his passion ultimately lies. He began singing in church–music is the avenue that helped him connect to people. Blake hits his button on the first note. Adam turns next. John is next and finally Kelly. A four chair turn. He’s got a total Ruben Studdard vibe. His voice is buttery and super smooth. He’s also got a big range and impressive falsetto. Adam says, “In honor of Jennifer Hudson!’ before tossing his show on stage. John says he grew up in church, although he didn’t recognize the song. “I did not grow up in the church, but I did grow up on The Voice,” says Adam. He’s proud of his ability to choose the right songs. Blake reminds him that he turned fast. Kelly says, “which female are you going to go with.” Heh. Matthew Chooses John. TWO four chair turns tonight. John got em both–despite being blocked twice!