“The Voice”, in it’s seventh season, has been graced with new super-star coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani whose chairs were previously filled by Shakira and Usher during season six. Now that the first round – the Blind Auditions, of the show is over, coaches will be heading into the tougher part of the show, the Battle Rounds where they will be forced to cut team members, bringing their team numbers from 12 artists to 8.
Pharrell said about “The Voice” Blind Auditions process as a coach, “that feeling of conviction that comes over you when you hear an interesting voice is so compelling to push that button.” Gwen stated about her first ‘Voice Blind Auditions experience, “you’re just listening, then there’s someone that comes along that could be an actual star. It’s a whole other level.”
Originally first appearing on “The Voice” as Usher’s adviser in season four, Pharrell takes the place of Usher this season as a coach. Pharrell is a seven-time Grammy winning producer who during at least one of the Blind Auditions this season he stated bragging rights of working with such well-known artists as Robin Thicke and Justin Bieber.
Pharrell said his style is to be “transparent” and to offer his services. Gwen said Pharrell is like a motivational speaker. During this season of Blind Auditions, Pharrell had to overcome competing with Gwen’s fashion bribes to contestants, Adam and Blake’s past ‘Voice trophies to win over artists. Blake said Pharrell gives Adam a run for his money and that Adam “does not know how to handle it.” Pharrell said his team is “speckled with unique talent that no one has seen before.” Blake thinks that Pharrell could possibly have the winner on his team.
Pharrell’s adviser is Alicia Keys. Pharrell said, “Alicia embodies what the show is about – the voice”. Team Pharrell is made-up of the following artists:
Daniel Griffin – Stolen by Team Blake
Toia Jones – Stolen by Team Adam
Blessing Offor – Stolen by Team Adam
Team Pharrell Battle Rounds Sneak-Peek!
Daniel Griffin vs. Luke Wade
Elyjuh Rene vs. Maiya Sykes
Blessing Offor vs. Katriz Trindad
Ricky Manning vs. Brittany Butler
Toia Jones vs. Danica Shirey
Blake said he still loves the mystery of the Blind Auditions. He said, “That moment when you decide to hit your button and you turn around and it’s not anything you thought it was going to be, but it’s the person you want to work with because they’re a great singer.” Gwen said “Blake makes you feel like you’re at home with him.” Blake has a lot of young people on his team this season. He said he excels in that area – of training young singers. Some of the youngest artists this season are on Team Blake. They are: Justin Johnes (age 15), Grant Ganzer (age 16) Tanner Linford (age 17), Reagan James (age 15), Kingston Moore (age 16), and 17 year old Fernandao Bosch.
Craig Wayne Boyd – Stolen by Team Gwen
James David Carter
“Little Big Town” is Blake’s advisers this season.
Team Blake Battle Rounds Sneak-Peek:
Kensington Moore vs. Reagan James
James David Carter vs. Craig Wayne Boyd
Some fans might be wondering why Blake put James David Carter against Craig Wayne Boyd. He said he only has room for one male country star on his team and he want to see which one will sing for their life.
Gwen wants to take home her first win and be the first girl coach to win “The Voice”. Pharrell called her “the queen of awesomeness”. Gwen said everyone on her team has their own distinct sound already and she just plans to bring that out when she coaches them.
Taylor John Williams
Menlik Zergabachew – Stolen by Team Pharrell
Amanda Lee Peers
Jessie Pitts – Stolen by Team Blake
Jean Kelley – Stolen by Team Pharrell
Gwen’s adviser is her husband Gavin Rossdale from Bush.
Team Gwen Battles Round Sneak-Peek:
Troy Ritchie vs. Menlik Zergabachew
Anita Antoinette vs. Mayra V. Alvarez
Sugar Jones vs. Jean Kelley
Ryan Sill vs. Jessie Pitts
Blake said “Adam has stood to new levels”. Gwen said Adam is the most competitive person she’s met. Blake complimented Adam’s voice when he said Adam truly is one of his favorite vocalists, “but I still don’t like him.” Adam said he likes to teach as a coach but when he can learns something, “that’s when profound happens.”
Adam said Team Adam is strong and diverse. “There’s challenges ahead” he said and he can’t wait to work with his team. Pharrell said Adam is a master-mind at what he does. Adam’s adviser this season is Stevie Nicks.
Team Adam Battles Round Sneak-Peek:
Damien Lawson vs. Kelli Douglas
Mia Pfirrman vs Beth Spangler
Ethan Butler vs. Matt McAndrew