Tess Boyer, 21
The St. Louis native grew up dancing, cheerleading and competing in pageants, and currently works with children with special needs while studying law.
Kristen Merlin, 29
The singer-songwriter from Boston – who was teased as a child for her tomboyish looks – hopes to use her passion for music to help others who’ve been bullied for their physical appearance.
Dani Moz, 26
The Los Angeles transplant grew up doing musical theater and held a public relations gig for three years before turning her focus to music full-time.
Delvin Choice, 24
After getting cut in season 5, Choice joined two bands to prepare for season 6 and blew the judges away with his rendition of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” during his audition.
Kat Perkins, 33
She started a rock band with her husband, though the pair divorced six months later. After jamming with a family of five for whom she was a full-time nanny, she’s going solo for the first time.
Josh Kaufman, 38
Currently working as an SAT prep tutor, this dad of three hopes to become a full-time musician to support his family.
Bria Kelly, 18
She may be on Team Usher, but Kelly has opened for Miranda Lambert and performed the national anthem publicly more than 40 times.
T.J. Wilkins, 23
Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Wilkins stayed on the straight and narrow thanks to his mom, who encouraged him to focus on music. Now he hopes to hit it big – and move his No. 1 fan to a safer environment.
Sisaundra Lewis, 44
This powerhouse has performed with Cirque du Soleil and worked as Celine Dion’s vocal director – but now she’s ready to shine on her own.
Audra McLaughlin, 21
Overcoming a learning disability to earn a 3.5 GPA, McLaughlin was a victim of bullying growing up and hopes to inspire others with her story.
Jake Worthington, 18
This country kid broke his back playing football, but during his recovery, he discovered his true passion: music.