On Tuesday night (May 19), pastor Todd Tilghman was named the winner of Season 18 of The Voice. His win was the seventh for his coach, Blake Shelton, who holds the record for the most wins of any Voice coach.
Tilghman’s win came following a dry spell for Shelton, who last won The Voice during Season 13 in 2017. During that spell, the trophy went to a member of Team Kelly three times and a member of Team Legend once.
Since it has been a bit since Shelton last won The Voice, we thought we’d reintroduce to you his past champions and fill you in on all they have accomplished since they won the show. Of course, we’ll talk about Tilghman as well!
Jermaine Paul – Winner Of Season 2
Jermaine Paul was 32 years old when he won The Voice during Season 2 in 2012. After winning the show, his rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly” made it to the 83rd position on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The R&B and gospel singer’s debut single, “I Believe In This Life,” was released later in 2012. He debuted the song as a guest performer during Season 3 of The Voice.
Now 40 years old, Jermaine remains active on social media and keeps his fans updated on his career and daily life. He has over 58,000 followers on Twitter and more than 10,000 followers on Instagram.
Cassadee Pope – Winner Of Season 3
Cassadee Pope won Season 3 of The Voice in 2012 at the age of 23. She was the first-ever female artist to win the show.
Pope is one of the most successful Voice alums. Now 30, the country singer has two Platinum-certified singles to her name, including her Grammy-nominated collaboration with Chris Young, “Think of You.” The song was also a number one hit on the Country Airplay chart.
More recently, Pope released her sophomore album Stages in February 2019. The album reached the 39th spot on the Country Albums chart.
Danielle Bradbery – Winner Of Season 4
Danielle Bradbery was only 16 years old when she won Season 4 of The Voice in 2013. At the time, she was the youngest-ever winner in the history of the show (that record is now held by Brynn Cartelli, who was 15 when she won Season 14).
Now 23, Bradbery has released two studio albums and a number of singles since her Voice win. Her most successful single was 2013’s “The Heart of Dixie,” which peaked at the 12th spot on the Country Airplay chart.
Bradbery also got the chance to collaborate with Thomas Rhett in 2018. They recorded a song titled “Goodbye Summer,” and that track claimed the Country Airplay chart’s 39th spot.
The success of that song and Bradbery’s sophomore album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, led to her being nominated for the New Female Vocalist of the Year award at the 2019 ACM Awards. She recently released a new song, titled “Never Have I Ever.”
Craig Wayne Boyd – Winner Of Season 7
Two seasons passed before Shelton won The Voice again with 35-year-old country singer Craig Wayne Boyd.
Boyd’s coronation single, “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” debuted at the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart. Only one other song had ever debuted at the chart’s #1 spot before, and that song was Garth Brooks’ 2007 single “More Than a Memory.”
Today, Boyd is 41 years old and a father of four, with his three youngest children being born since he won The Voice. He remains active in the music industry, and released his first post-Voice album, Top Shelf, in 2017.
Sundance Head – Winner Of Season 11
37-year-old Sundance Head was no stranger to competition series when he signed on for Season 11 of The Voice. He previously appeared on the sixth season of American Idol, but was eliminated one week before the finale.
Head didn’t meet the same fate on The Voice. On top of advancing to the finale, he won the show! He wrote his coronation single “Darlin’ Don’t Go,” which became a Top 10 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Now 41, Head continues to share his music with his devoted fans. He released a new album, titled Stained Glass and Neon, in 2019. His latest single, “Not Give a Damn,” just hit Texas radio in March of this year.
Chloe Kohanski – Winner Of Season 13
Chloe Kohanski was just a few days shy of turning 24 when she won Season 13 of The Voice in 2017.
Kohanski became Shelton’s sixth contestant to win the show, though she wasn’t always on his team. Miley Cyrus was her original coach, but Shelton stole her following the knockouts. Only two other “stolen” contestants had ever gone on to win The Voice before (Season 6’s Josh Kaufman and Boyd from Season 7).
Her first post-Voice single, “Come This Far,” was released in 2018. She returned to the Voice stage to share the song as a guest performer during the Season 14 finale that year.
Kohanski also has a post-Voice EP, titled Fantasy, which was released in July 2019. Her latest release is a song called “Cosmic,” which dropped in March.
Todd Tilghman – Winner Of Season 18
At age 42, Tilghman is the oldest-ever person to win The Voice. His family (including his eight children), celebrated with him when he was named the winner of Season 18.
Unlike any of Shelton’s previous Voice champions, Tilghman was unable to meet with his coach in person while the live shows were filmed. The world environment meant that all of the shows were filmed remotely, so Tilghman didn’t get the one-on-one, face-to-face guidance from his coach that previous Voice winners received.
Still, he rose to the occasion, and delivered one extraordinary performance after another. To say his coach was thrilled for him would be an understatement.
“You deserve this – so proud of you! Let’s go!!!!!!!” Shelton wrote on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of Tilghman’s win.
As you can see, Tilghman joins a list of talented Team Blake winners who have gone on to make names for themselves in the music industry. With Shelton behind him as a source of support, he’s sure to be a star!