The Voice’s newest season premieres Feb. 29 and this is exciting for your mom, if no one else. She's got that crush on coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, and sometimes even Pharrell when she’s feeling naughty. Yeah, the show seems pretty focused on the celebrity coaches – what they’re saying and if they’re dating one another – but when you scale everything back, quite a few good musicians have come through the singing competition show to have their shot at stardom. Here are some of our favorites hailing from DFW.
No. 10 Jeff Lewis
From the beginning, Dallas native Jeff Lewis made an impression by singing coach Usher’s song “U Got It Bad” for his blind audition. Three coaches turned around, but Lewis ultimately chose to be on Usher’s team, making it all the way to the battle rounds and losing to another white guy contestant who could have been his twin.
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No. 9 Taylor Beckham
First on team Usher, then stolen by Shelton, Taylor Beckham made it only to the knockout rounds, but damn, if her version of Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down” didn’t completely slay us, then nothing did.
No. 8 Amber Carrington
There are a lot of reasons to love Amber Carrington. From Rockwall, she pulled on everyone’s heartstrings with her story about her mother passing. Each song she sang on the show seemed to be dedicated to her mother. On Levine’s team, Carrington made it all the way to fourth place belting out songs from some of the greatest voices, like Patsy Cline and Adele.
No. 7 Darius Scott
Darius Scott’s version of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” should have earned him a spot higher than just the live playoffs, but here we are. From Dallas, Scott was on Pharrell’s team and sang a variety of songs, including “Lean On Me” and “On Broadway.” We’re still mad he didn’t win the entire show.
No. 6 Hannah Kirby
From the beginning of her blind auditions, Sulphur Springs native Hannah Kirby was a unique force. While all the other coaches already had full teams by the time of her blind audition, coach Shelton finally turned around and filled his last spot with Kirby. She made it all the way to seventh place with her renditions of songs like “Higher Love,” “Edge of Seventeen” and “I Feel The Earth Move.”
No. 5 Madi Davis
The longest lasting member on Team Pharrell during Season 9, the McKinney native made it all the way to fifth place by performing songs like “Love Is Blindness” and “It’s Too Late.” But to really make us proud, her rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” earned a place on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart, proving Davis has what it takes to make a name for herself outside of the singing competition show.
No. 4 Taylor Phelan
From Sherman, he wowed us and the coaches with his blind audition of “Sweater Weather” where he flawlessly danced, played the guitar and sang. He jumped from coach Pharrell to coach Adam Levine and then was kicked off during the live playoffs. We are still recovering from the emotional distress.
No. 3 Reagan James
Season 7 was a good season for Voice contestants from DFW. But how Reagan James didn’t win the entire thing – or just place higher than ninth – is beyond us because from her blind auditions, she had the coaches and audience hooked on every word and note she sang. The 15-year-old at the time chose Shelton as her coach and made it all the way to ninth place singing everything from pop and soul to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”
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No. 2 Luke Wade
Charming and soulful, Luke Wade has been a kind of hometown hero as far as Voice alums go. He had all four coaches begging for him during his blind audition and then continued to be successful by surviving the battle and knockout rounds and making it all the way to the quarter-finals on Pharrell’s team. Not a lot of jazz musicians come through a singing competition show on NBC, so when Wade showed his face, it was a pleasant surprise.
No. 1 Craig Wayne Boyd
Once again, another DFW contestant from Season 7 stood out to us. We really couldn’t have this list without mentioning Mesquite native Craig Wayne Boyd, who won the entire show only after being booted off by coach Shelton, being saved by coach Gwen Stefani (where she gave him a bit of a Hollywood makeover), then booted by her, and then ultimately saved by Shelton who took him all the way to the end. He sang a variety of country songs, including Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” and Randy Houser’s “Boots On,” a duet with coach Shelton.