A Complete Guide to Every Winner of The Voice
In celebration of the end of Season 18, let's look back at all of the winners of The Voice
Javier Colon, Season 1 (2011)
“My oldest, who’s 3½, said, ‘Daddy! Daddy! We saw you win on TV!'” Colon told reporters proudly after the win. “They were in a holding area and she said, ‘We saw you win on TV, Daddy!’ ‘Yeah, baby, Daddy won.’ ”
Jermaine Paul, Season 2 (2012)
Despite his phenomenal final performance, when he sang R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” Paul said his confidence was low going into the finale. “I didn’t feel good about the overall outcome,” he told PEOPLE soon after. “I didn’t know if I was going to win or not…I am very shocked. I honestly was ready to accept not winning. But I’m so excited.”
Releases: No albums, but his cover of "I Believe I Can Fly" made the Billboard charts, as did his duet on “Soul Man” with coach Blake Shelton.
Cassadee Pope, Season 3 (2012)
“I would love to do the pop/rock thing, but I know that I gained some amazing country fans and I know how hard it is to get into that world,” the Florida native said after the win. “I’d love to add a country music element to it a bit. I used to cover country music when I was a kid and it’s stylistically part of my voice somehow.”
Danielle Bradbery, Season 4 (2013)
Tessanne Chin, Season 5 (2013)
“It’s just been an amazing journey and I could not do this without the little island of Jamaica,” Chin said immediately prior to her win. “But I most importantly could not do it without the amazing new family and supporters I have here in the U.S. Thank you for accepting me and thank you for bringing me this far.”
Josh Kaufman, Season 6 (2014)
“I can’t even talk,” Kaufman said after winning the competition. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m surprised. I’m happy. I’m relieved. This has been so much more of an experience than I ever could have imagined.”
Releases: The New Etiquette (2012), Josh Kaufman (2016)
Craig Wayne Boyd, Season 7 (2014)
Sawyer Fredericks, Season 8 (2015)
Jordan Smith, Season 9 (2015)
“Every week I am just shocked,” he told Parade of the news. “It still doesn’t seem real. I don’t think it will ever become normal. Some artists work their whole life for chances like this. I never imagined a year ago that I would be here and doing this and be so successful. Every week, I am surprised and blown away, and humbled by it, honestly.”
Alisan Porter, Season 10 (2016)
“I’m proud of everybody,” she told PEOPLE after her final show. “I’m proud of the season. I think it was such a strong season of incredible performances. I’m just grateful to be a part of it. The ride doesn’t end here. I’m going to keep going and making as much music as humanly possible.”
Releases: Alisan Porter (2009), Who We Are (2014)
Sundance Head, Season 11 (2016)
Chris Blue, Season 12 (2017)
“I would love to win because not even for myself, but because of everybody who has poured in love and support — my family and my coach,” Blue told reporters after the show. “I want it for them more than I want it for myself. It would be an honor to win this competition for them.”
Releases: Blue issued the song “Money on You,” which he debuted on the season finale of The Voice.
Chloe Kohanski, Season 13 (2017)
“I never had a moment where I thought I have this in the bag. It instilled a lot of confidence in me. No matter what I was walking away with I have a sense of who I am,” the 23-year-old Nashville native told reporters after the finale. “I believe Blake when he says he does take care of his team. I’m very stoked that we won this together, that’s very fun. It’s not just for the show, it’s real.”
Releases: Kohanski released her debut single, “Wish I Didn’t Love You,” following her win.
Brynn Cartelli, Season 14 (2018)
"The biggest lesson I learned from Kelly is to have fun with this and not let it wrap you up and steal everything from you," Cartelli told reporters after becoming the youngest winner in Voice history at age 15.
"It is important to stay grounded and keep that normalcy in your life. She has definitely taught me that and reminded me of that."
Releases: Cartelli released her debut single, "Walk My Way," following her win.
Chevel Shepherd, Season 15 (2018)
"It's been crazy. Not many teenagers get the opportunity to stand on The Voice stage and sing on national television for the world and get mentored by Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey and Thomas Rhett," the 16-year-old said following her win. "It's just been awesome, and it's been life-changing"
Releases: Shepherd released her debut single, "Broke Hearts," following her win.
Maelyn Jarmon, Season 16 (2019)
"All I know is I am going to work very hard and I'm ready to hit the ground running, so whatever it is, I'm ready for it," the 26-year-old said following her win.
"I want to release music and I want to tour and I know that's in the cards. How it's going to play out, I'm not sure, but I'm OK with that too. I'm ready to go with the flow."
Releases: Jarmon released her debut single, "Wait for You," following her win.
Jake Hoot, Season 17 (2019)
"It means the world," Hoot said of his unexpected victory. "I think I went out of breath. I lost all my breath when they announced my name."
"Having Kelly believe in me from the get-go and being here tonight is just an incredible thing."
Release: Hoot released his debut single, "Better Off Without You," following his win.
Todd Tilghman, Season 18 (2020)
The 41-year-old Meridian, Mississippi, native — known for his soulful country sound — was crowned the winner of season 18 of The Voice on May 19. The finale episode aired remotely from each of the coaches and contestants' homes due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
"When my name was called, I blacked out," Tilghman said during a press conference with the country star following the win.
Added Shelton, "Todd is every bit as talented as the other four and I think the thing that may have put him over the top is relatability. He's somebody everybody hopes they can meet one day — I'm not surprised ... I wish I had a record label I could sign Todd to because I would make him a priority. There's no excuses. It's time. I want to support him in any way I can."