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12 Best Teen Singers From 'The Voice'

Brynn Cartelli
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Brynn Cartelli peforms during the live finale of The Voice.

Over its first 18 seasons, NBC's The Voice has heard from the best teen singers across the globe -- and has even crowned four winners under the age of 20.

The singing competition just kicked off its 19th season last week, and returning coach Gwen Stefani couldn't believe her ears when she heard 16-year-old Lauren Frihauf's mature rendition of Melissa Etheridge's "Come to My Window" on Monday's premiere. "To be able to do all those things at once and be 16 years old, you're like my dream person to work with on this show," the "Hollaback Girl" singer told her new mentee.

This week, the coaches will meet Carter Rubin, a prodigiously talented 14-year-old who tackles Lewis Capaldi's "Before You Go" on Monday night's (Oct. 26) episode. "You're the youngest person I've ever turned for on this show," John Legend tells Rubin. "...Most of the young people that come here, they're talented, but they don't have the control. I'd love for you to be the youngest person I've ever coached on The Voice." We'll have to wait until Monday night to see if John gets that chance.

These two teens are far from the first to impress The Voice coaching panel. Below, find the 12 best teen singers, who all made it to the top three (and beyond!) on The Voice.


Addison Agen, 16

The Americana singer-songwriter had never flown on a plane before she came to audition for The Voice, and her vibrato soared throughout the 13th season where she finished as the runner-up. She's since opened for Bob Seger and Kevin Bacon's The Bacon Brothers.

Aliyah Moulden, 15

The Australian R&B and soul artist's rendition of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" received a four-chair turn, and the Team Blake (Shelton) member went all the place to place third in the 12 season competition. While releasing new music, Moulden has starred in numerous TV shows and movies, including Chicken Girls and Anastasia: Once Upon a Time.

Britton Buchanan, 16

The Team Alicia (Keys) member was the season 14 runner-up two years ago, but he's really just getting started. The singer-songwriter released his debut single "Cross My Mind" in 2020, with "Juliet's Lullaby" and "October's Queen" following after.

Brynn Cartelli, 15

The Team Kelly (Clarkson) member became the singing competition series' youngest-ever champion at age 15 for season 14. "I’ve never used [my age] to my advantage," she told Billboard in a post-victory interview. "It was just a thing the coaches are always impressed by and the show is always impressed by. But I’m just a hard worker, and I think that you don’t need to have age to be a hard worker. I've really never let my age get in the way of my music."

Chevel Shepherd, 16

Following Cartelli's lead and continuing the winning streak of Team Kelly, Shepherd won season 15 at age 16. The country singer told Entertainment Tonight in May that she takes inspiration from legendary acts such as Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson in her music that blends "the super, super classic sounding, some of the sassy stuff, and the storytelling."

Christina Grimmie, 19

Grimmie secured yet another four-chair turn for covering former The Voice coach Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" during the Blind Auditions and eventually repped Team Adam (Levine) until she came in third place in season 6. Her famous soprano from her YouTube cover videos led her to open for Selena Gomez, independently release her second EP Side A, and posthumously win a Teen Choice Award for choice web star: music. Grimmie was fatally shot and killed following her concert in Orlando, Fla. on June 10, 2016 at age 22.

"She was one of The Voice’s real shots at a pop star," The Voice executive producer Audrey Morrissey told Billboard in 2016 following her tragic death. "She proved herself week in and week out, she had iTunes downloads galore, and people loved her. She came to the show with a massive fan base, and it only grew."

Danielle Bradbery, 16

Prior to Cartelli's historic win, Bradbery was the youngest winner of the NBC singing competition series at age 16 during season 4. The following day, she signed a record deal with Big Machine Records. Bradbery has since notched seven hits onto the Billboard Hot 100.

Emily Ann Roberts, 16

After finishing as the season 9 runner-up, the 16-year-old country singer returned to high school to finish her junior year. Upon graduation, she seized an opportunity to be on The Gospel Through Girls & Guitars tour, which prompted her to release her first gospel album Bigger Than Me in 2017. A year later, she signed to Starstruck Records and began recording country singles. Roberts returned to The Voice stage just last year to perform her single "Someday Dream."

Jacquie Lee, 16

The season 5 runner-up from Team Christina (Aguilera) has continued to hone in on her craft as an independent singer and songwriter. "It took me a second after the show to kind of reflect on everything and be honest with myself about what I wanted. Kind of just be like, 'F--- what everyone thinks I should be or wants me to be, or how they can make the most money,' and get myself out of that environment," she told Billboard in an interview in 2017. "Putting [myself] into a place of what I want, and what’s true to me."

Jake Worthington, 17

The season 6 runner-up originally auditioned for the singing competition series' previous season but didn't join a team. Following his tenure on The Voice, the country singer from Team Blake notched his eponymous debut EP onto Billboard's Hot Country Albums chart, where it peaked at No. 44.

Sawyer Fredericks, 16

After Bradbery and before Cartelli, Fredericks was known as the youngest winner on the show in season 8 when he was only 16. Following his historic win with Team Pharrell (Williams), he signed a recording contract with Republic Records and went on to notch seven hits onto the Hot 100 and two No. 2 projects on Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums chart.

Wé McDonald, 17

McDonald's show-stopping rendition of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" during the Blind Auditions catapulted a four-chair turn because of her dynamic lower register while she's singing and polar opposite high-pitched speaking voice. After placing third in season 11, she became an anti-bullying ambassador for No Bully, speaking to students about her personal experiences of being ridiculed for her speaking voice as a young kid. She's even written a children's book about it titled The Little Girl with the Big Voice.