'The Voice' coaches finish selecting their fourth-season teams
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/10/2013
The Voice's musician coaches Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton completed their fourth-season teams and finished determining the NBC reality singing competition's 48 artists during Tuesday night's broadcast.
Each coach picked one last singer for his or her team last night. Shakira chose Luke Edgemon from Fayetteville, NC; Usher picked Jessica Childress from Lancaster, CA; Adam opted to have Amber Carrington from Rockwall, TX, on his team; and Blake selected Jacqui Sandell from Oakland, NJ.
The four The Voice artists join the 44 acts who were previously selected during the season's first five audition episodes.
With the show's initial "blind auditions" phase over, The Voice's fourth season will now feature "battle" rounds beginning with a two-hour episode on Monday, April 5 at 8PM ET/PT. During the "battle" rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.
After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals available during the battle rounds.
Below are NBC's full descriptions of each of the singers selected during The Voice's sixth fourth-season episode:
- Amber Carrington
Coming from a large family in Texas, Amber is a country artist who has been singing for ten years. Amber looks to Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride as inspiration, and once sang with David Foster, Kenny G. and Katherine McPhee at a benefit concert in Malibu.
- Jacqui Sandell
Jacqui, a rock/blues/R&B artist from New Jersey, was inspired to become an artist as a young girl after seeing Michael Jackson perform. She "lives with no regrets" and doesn't have a backup plan if music doesn't work out. She plans to sing for the rest of her life while also enjoying her hobbies of dancing and the art of tattooing.
- Luke Edgemon
With his experience as a session singer and background vocalist, and even appearing on Glee as one of The Warblers, Luke brings a level of expertise in the music industry that is hard to match. Hailing from North Carolina, with a signature blend of pop and R&B, Luke also plays the violin.
- Jessica Childress
Jessica is a jazz/soul/R&B artist from Southern California. After graduating from Pepperdine University, Jessica has given up a successful career in public relations to pursue her love of music. Besides singing, songwriting and playing piano, Jessica says "reading minds" is one of her hidden talents.