NBC's The Voice season 16 premieres later this month, and that means all eyes will not only be on all the new artists but the coaches and advisors as well. The Voice first premiered in 2011 and introduced a unique “Blind Auditions” premise. Four celebrity coaches are seated in chairs facing the audience, allowing them to judge the contestants based solely on the vocal performance.
When one or more of the celebrities lends their approval by pressing a button and turning around, the contestant may then choose their coach. If only one celebrity turns around, then the contestant and coach are automatically paired together. During the “Knockout Rounds,” contestants from the same team perform together on stage, with the coach choosing the best performance. During the final live performance rounds, the TV audience votes for the winner, and each week, the coaches assign a special advisor to work with the contestants.
The Voice season 16 is scheduled to premiere on February 25 - and here are all the coaches and advisors appearing on the show in 2019, which includes a big, new permanent addition to the cast.
- This Page: Team Adam & Team Blake
- Page 2: Team Kelly & Team John
Since 1994, Adam Levine has been the front-man for the pop rock band Maroon 5. The Los Angeles-based group emerged with their 2002 debut album Songs About Jane, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Since then, Maroon 5 has released five more highly-successful albums, en route to becoming one of the best-selling bands of their generation. Levine’s group has won three Grammy Awards and recently headlined the Super Bowl 53 halftime show.
Levine is one of two coaches to appear in all 16 seasons of The Voice. During the first nine seasons, Team Adam won three times, including the debut season in which Javier Colon won the singing competition. During season 5, Levine coached Tessanne Chin to the top prize, along with Jordan Smith in season 9. During the audition process, Levine is known to be especially selective about who he turns around for, and he’s arguably the most entertaining coach from season to season.
For The Voice season 16, Levine enlisted Charlie Puth as an advisor. The 27-year-old American singer-songwriter rose to fame by uploading videos on YouTube, and he released his debut single, “Marvin Gaye,” in 2016, which became an international hit. To date, Puth has released two albums, Nine Track Mind and Voicenotes, the latter of which received a 2019 Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. In 2015, Puth received three Grammy nominations for a guest vocal on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.”
Over the past decade, Blake Shelton has evolved from a country music star into a legitimate pop culture icon. From 2001 to 2008, the Oklahoma native established himself in the country genre with five successful albums. In 2011, Shelton had an especially memorable year, as he married long-time girlfriend and fellow country music star Miranda Lambert, while his album Red River Blue reached #1 on both the US and US Country charts. NBC was partially responsible for Shelton’s newfound commercial success, as his sixth album was released during The Voice’s debut season.
Alongside Levine, Shelton is the other coach to appear in all 16 seasons of The Voice. With his gregarious personality and heartfelt feedback, Shelton is often selected by contestants outside his genre - a testament to his appeal across various demographics. For seasons 7,9, and 11, Shelton was joined as a coach by pop icon Gwen Stefani. Team Blake last won in season 13, as Chloe Kohanski beat the rest of the competition.
For The Voice season 16, Shelton chose country music superstars Brooks & Dunn to be his advisors. From 1991 to 2007, the duo consisting of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn released 11 studio albums, five of which reached #1 on the US country charts. Brooks & Dunn officially retired in 2009, but then reunited for a series of concerts in 2015. In April 2019, the honky tonk group will release a new studio album entitled Reboot. On The Voice, Brooks & Dunn will likely advise contestants on all aspects of the music business.