|Born||(2003-04-16) April 16, 2003
Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States
Brynn Cartelli (born April 16, 2003) is an American singer. She is the winner of season 14 of the American talent competition The Voice. At the age of 15, she became the youngest person in the show’s history to win the competition.
Cartelli was born and raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She began playing piano when she was five and it was her parents who introduced her to classical, country and soul music. In middle school she started taking voice lessons and took up the guitar. In the summer of 2016, she was performing at a restaurant on Jetties Beach in Nantucket with a local islander when a bartender posted a video of her playing to Facebook. The clip eventually received tens of thousands of views, including from the producers with The Voice. They contacted her and asked if she would come to New York for a private audition. She flew to Los Angeles after getting through the first cut to audition in front of the show’s producers. She beat out over a hundred other contestants to earn a blind audition in front of the four celebrity judges, but wasn’t picked for that season’s show. The producers called her back a week later and said they wanted her to try out for the following season. It was during this audition that she turned two chairs and wound up choosing Kelly Clarkson as her celebrity coach for the rest of the season.
The Voice (2018)
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Cartelli auditioned in 2018 to compete in the fourteenth season of The Voice. For her blind audition she sang “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé. Two of the four coaches, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, turned their chairs for her. She chose to be part of Team Kelly, who was a first-time coach on the show.
Over the course of the competition, Cartelli continued to show coaches her vocal ability. It was often noted that coaches believed that her voice was powerful and mature despite her young age. She competed against twenty-one-year-old Dylan Hartigan in the Battle rounds as the two sang “…Ready for It?” by Taylor Swift. Clarkson deemed her the winner and advanced her to the Knockout rounds (while her opponent, Hartigan, was stolen to Team Blake). In the Knockout rounds, she then defeated fellow team member Jamella with her rendition of “Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascal Flatts, which Clarkson deemed superior to Jamella’s performance of “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. Thus, Cartelli advanced to the live shows.
On the live Playoffs, Cartelli performed the song “Unstoppable” by Sia on the first night of the Live Playoffs. The public voted her making her through to the top twelve immediately, sparing her a second performance that week. Coincidentally, the performance of Cartelli occurred on her fifteenth birthday. Kaleb Lee would end up joining her in the top twelve via the public vote on Team Kelly’s second performance night, and D.R. King would be Clarkson’s final save choice to join them both.
Cartelli continued advancing throughout the live shows, which included covers of “Up to the Mountain” by Patty Griffin in the top twelve week, “Yoü and I” by Lady Gaga in the top eleven week, “Fix You” by Coldplay in the top ten week, and “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Burt Bacharach in the semifinals week. The latter two songs charted in the top ten of iTunes and gave Cartelli a download bonus multiplier for each performance.
During part one of the live finale on May 21, 2018, she joined her coach, Clarkson, in a coach duet as they sang “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. She then performed the original song “Walk My Way” written by Julia Michaels, and she closed the night with “Skyfall” by Adele. The following night, she performed a duet with Michaels of the songs “Issues” and “Jump.” At the end of the night, Cartelli was named the winner of season fourteen over Team Alicia member Britton Buchanan. This also signified a win for her coach, Clarkson, who had secured her first win as a coach on her first attempt on the show. Cartelli received a prize of $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group.
The Voice performances
- – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
|Blind Audition||“Beneath Your Beautiful“||Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé||1.2||Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton Turned, Joined Team Kelly|
|Battles (Top 48)||“…Ready for It?” (vs. Dylan Hartigan)||Taylor Swift||7.2||Saved by Coach|
|Knockouts (Top 32)||“Here Comes Goodbye” (vs. Jamella)||Rascal Flatts||13.1|
|Live Playoffs (Top 24)||“Unstoppable“||Sia||16.4||Saved by Public|
|Live Top 12||“Up to the Mountain“||Patty Griffin||19.9|
|Live Top 11||“You and I“||Lady Gaga||21.8|
|Live Top 10||“Fix You“||Coldplay||23.10|
|Live Semifinals (Top 8)||“FourFiveSeconds“/ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want ” (duet with Britton Buchanan)||Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West/The Rolling Stones||25.8|
|“What the World Needs Now Is Love“||Jackie DeShannon||25.1|
|Live Finale (Final 4)||“Don’t Dream It’s Over” (with Kelly Clarkson)||Crowded House||27.3||Winner|
|“Walk My Way” (original song)||Brynn Cartelli||27.8|
After The Voice
After winning The Voice, Cartelli signed with Brandon Blackstock, Clarkson’s husband and manager, and manager to Blake Shelton. Cartelli will open up for Clarkson on her Meaning of Life Tour, which will begin on January 24, 2019. Cartelli is currently in the process negotiating a record deal with Atlantic Records.
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions|
|“Walk My Way“||2018||8|
Awards and nominations
|2018||People’s Choice Awards||Competition Contestant of 2018||Winner of The Voice – Season 14||Nominated|||