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‘The Voice‘ has become a very important all-genre showcase for country music. Over the course of four seasons, it’s served as a springboard for some of the most exciting new — and veteran — talent in country music.
It doesn’t hurt that country’s own Blake Shelton is one of the coaches on the popular reality singing competition. He’s won three of the show’s four seasons, and the last two times he coached country singers to victory.
We have collected the best of the best for our list of the Top 5 Country Singers from ‘The Voice.’
RaeLynn is one of the most flamboyant country singers to appear on ‘The Voice.’ Her colorful sense of style is matched by her vocal ability, which propelled her to finish third on Shelton’s team on the show’s second season. Since then she has released a single, ‘Boyfriend,’ which charted on Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart. She also sang backing vocals on Shelton’s single, ‘Boys ‘Round Here.’ She has been working with some of Nashville’s top writers on her debut album.
Cassadee Pope was already a music industry veteran before she competed on ‘The Voice.’ She had been the lead singer of the pop rock group Hey Monday, which went on hiatus in 2011. She competed on Team Blake in the third season of the show, and was ultimately crowned the winner. She is set to release her first country album, ‘Frame by Frame,’ in October via Republic Nashville. The album’s first single, ‘Wasting All These Tears,’ reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts.
Gwen Sebastian was another known quantity to music fans prior to ‘The Voice.’ She had toured extensively around the country performing with her band, and she released two singles via Lofton Creek Records. She competed on the second season of ‘The Voice,’ choosing Shelton as her coach. After her elimination, Sebastian scored a new gig as a vocalist on Shelton’s tour, and she also signed with Flying Island Records. She released a self-titled album recently, featuring the single ‘Suitcase.’ Miranda Lambert also appears on two tracks of the album.
The Swon Brothers
The Swon Brothers have become fan favorites since their appearance on ‘The Voice.’ The sibling duo of Zach and Colton Swon have been playing music together since childhood, and Colton auditioned for ‘American Idol’ in 2007 and reached the Top 48. The duo competed on Team Blake in the fourth season of ‘The Voice,’ and placed third overall. Their winning combination of vocal ability and crowd-pleasing stage presence made them a standout all season long, turning in some of the most high-energy and fun performances ever to grace the stage of ‘The Voice.’
Danielle Bradbery is the youngest winner in the history of ‘The Voice.’ The 17-year-old competed on Season 4 of the show, choosing Shelton as her coach and going on to place first. She signed a deal with Big Machine Label Group the very next day, and released her debut single, ‘The Heart of Dixie,’ just one month later. She debuted the song on the Today show. Bradbery is currently juggling her schedule with completing high school. She has been working on her debut album for Big Machine, which is tentatively planned for release by the end of the year.
by Mark Franklin
Season 4 Voice winner Danielle Bradbery can celebrate an impressive post-show start on the music charts this week.
Danielle released her first post-Voice single — “Heart of Dixie” — last week.The song immediately zipped into the top 10 on the iTunes download chart.
And when the Billboard charts were released this morning, “Heart of Dixie” was sitting at number two on the country digital songs chart, behind only “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line.
The song landed on at least three other charts, hitting number 14 on the overall digital downloads chart, number 16 on the hot country songs charts and number 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
I hadn’t seen actual sales numbers for Danielle’s song yet, but the chart performance pretty much matches what Cassadee Pope accomplished when she released “Wasting All These Tears” this spring. That marked her first country single since winning Season 3 on The Voice.
“Wasting” also landed at number two on the country digital chart behind — you guessed it — “Cruise.” Cassadee’s debut landed at number 10 on the digital download chart and number 37 on the Billboard 100.
Speaking of Cassadee and Danielle, they joined former Idol contestant Kellie Pickler at a “Girls and Guitars” fundraiser Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.
The event raised money for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which plans to build a recording studio in Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte so that kids being treated there can help create their own radio show.
For photos from the event, head here. You’ll even get a glimpse of Danielle’s birthday cake; she turned 17 earlier this wee
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