The four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice” returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the show’s newest season, which returns Sept. 19.
Multi-Grammy-nominated Cuban-born singer-songwriter and actress Camila Cabello claims her red chair alongside superstar returning coaches John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Carson Daly returns as host for Season 22.
The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockouts and Live Performance Shows.
During the Blind Auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not looks. The coaches hear the artists perform but they don’t get to see them, thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, they push a button to select the artist for their team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that they can face the artist they selected. If more than one coach pushes the button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no one pushes their button, the artist is eliminated from the competition. In addition to performing in front of a fully-vaccinated, limited-capacity live audience, the artists’ family and friends are able to attend their Blind Auditions in-person for the first time since Season 18!
Morgan Myles, 35
Hometown: Williamsport, PA
Resident: Nashville, TN
Believing it’s her mission to help people through the power of music, Morgan is a full-time touring musician having opened for artists such as Luke Bryan, Rick Springfield, Hank Williams Jr., Old Dominion and Kane Brown. She’s also recently sang back up on Cody Johnson’s radio single “Nothing on You.” In 2020, Morgan won Artist and Record of the Year for the Nashville Industry Music Awards for her debut album, “Therapy,” receiving praise from Rolling Stone, Billboard and American Songwriter. Earlier this year, Morgan got a cut on Ty Herndon’s new record as a songwriter. Myles’ songs are shaped from her many years working for someone diagnosed with ALS. Recently, Myles lost her close cousin to brain cancer, not too long after their grandfather passed away from a brain tumor.
Song: “Hallelujah,” by Leonard Cohen
Omar Jose Cardona, 33
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Resident: Orlando, FL
Omar first learned to sing from his mother, who was the choir director at church. He wasn’t interested in singing in front of people until a girl he liked auditioned for the school play. By his senior year, he was the lead in the school play and prom king with his girlfriend. Omar has now traveled the world performing in over 20 countries. He’s sung for Disney, performed at Universal Studios Japan, headlined on cruise ships and sang background vocals for Jordan Fisher. He’s also worked for a corporate event company for more than 10 years and is a front man in their band.
Ian Harrison, 20
Hometown: Lewis Center, OH
Resident: Columbus, OH
Ian’s dad was his best friend growing up. Sadly, when Ian was 9, everything changed when his dad took his own life. Ian picked up his dad’s guitar and taught himself how to play, which helped him feel close. After some time, life took a turn for the better when his mom met his now-stepdad, Scott. Ian calls Scott his “adopted dad” and it means the world to Ian that Scott stepped into his life as a father figure. With support from his family, Ian was able to cope and grieve. He ventured into singing in middle school choir, which segued into singing in church, and eventually landing the lead in the high school musical.
Emma Brooke, 19
Hometown: Lyman, SC
Resident: Lyman, SC
Emma has been involved in music since the age of 6 through music programs at school, private voice lessons, piano lessons, and musicals and operas. Her family has always seen her potential and have been huge supporters as she’s taken vocal lessons. She has been going to the same vocal coach for over 12 years, from whom she learned opera singing. However, she now wants to stick to more contemporary songs. In her first year of college, Emma started the band the Blue Executive with her now-boyfriend, and they focus on playing blues and classic rock. They’ve mostly played at a local brewery and student artists showcases.
Orlando Mendez, 26
Hometown: Miami, FL
Resident: Miami, FL
Orlando is a second-generation American, his grandparents immigrating from Cuba. Despite his strong Cuban influence and growing up in Miami, Orlando took an interest in country music in high school and soon earned the nickname “Cuban Cowboy.” When Orlando’s grandfather passed away, Orlando learned from his dad that his grandfather was a real Cuban Cowboy. This made Orlando feel even more connected to his country roots. Orlando started his own band eight months ago that he is very proud to call the Orlando Mendez Band. The band started off in the Florida Keys but is now booking gigs all over the state.
David Andrew, 25
Hometown: Gallatin, TN
Resident: Gallatin, TN
Though shy as a child, David found musical inspiration through watching singing competitions on TV. This led to him joining his church and school choirs. During this time, he began taking piano and guitar lessons. Around 10, he performed his first solo in church and his musical passion ignited further. David began gigging at local events and restaurants as well as posting covers on YouTube. In 2019, David supported Ed Sheeran as a background vocalist for the NBC Elvis Presley tribute hosted by Blake Shelton. A year later, he was a part of a choir singing background for Kane Brown at the 2020 ACM Awards in which he was given a solo. David is currently a freelance background vocalist and worship leader and spends most of his time teaching vocals and piano at “School of Rock.”
Jay Allen, 36
Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
Resident: Nashville, TN
Jay Allen has learned the power of music firsthand. Inspired by his mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, Allen wrote his original song “Blank Stares.” A video of him performing the song with his mother on stage went viral and garnered over 500 million views on Facebook. His mother has since passed, but Allen continues to be an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association, and “Blank Stares” has gone on to raise millions of dollars to help fight the disease. Allen currently lives in Nashville and is set to marry Kylie Morgan on Oct. 1.
Kate Kalvach, 27
Stay tuned to see who she picks!
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Resident: Oklahoma City, OK
Kate grew up a pastor’s kid and started singing in her parents’ church. Kate’s parents are both very musical and have influenced her tremendously. Even though Kate comes from a church background, she enjoys writing and singing pop songs. Kate met her husband, Matt, in college through the jazz band. Matt is an up-and-coming rapper from the Czech Republic. Their music passions brought them together and they married in 2018. Sharpening each other with their differences, Matt has pushed Kate out of her comfort zone and is one of the main reasons she is performing on “The Voice.”