It can be hard to believe that The Voice has crowned 11 winners since 2011, especially considering how very few of them are household names.
Unlike its singing competition predecessor, American Idol, not many artists from The Voice have broken out and found major success after the show. A few artists have done well for themselves since their season ended, like season 3 contestant-turned-indie darling Melanie Martinez, season 9 winner Jordan Smith and season 3's Amanda Brown, who is now a prominent backup singer for Adele.
But the average person would probably have trouble naming more than a few singers who have won The Voice, if any at all. It's not abundantly clear why so many Voice alumni have failed to find mainstream success after the show, but in honor of the latest inductee into the winners circle, let's take a look back at the show's 11 winners.
Javier Colon (Season 1)
Colon won The Voice's very first season, after charting out a special pop/soul niche on the show. The singer performed such hits as "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper and "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson during his time on the show. He released an album, Come Through for You, which failed to perform well on the charts and released another album in 2016 called Gravity.
Jermaine Paul (Season 2)
Similar in style to Colon, Paul took home the trophy for season 2 with passionate hits of pop songs. Paul's winner song was "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time. He is one of the only Voice winners to never even release an album.
Cassadee Pope (Season 3)
Pope, who was in a rock band called Hey Monday prior to The Voice, took on a more country approach with pop/rock influences during her season. The genre worked out for her and she went on to achieve some success in the country world, and sold over a million copies of her single "Wasting All These Tears". She is currently nominated for a Grammy for her duet with Chris Young on "Think of You".
Danielle Bradbery (Season 4)
Bradbery was the second consecutive country-leaning artist to win The Voice. Unlike Pope, though, her run on the show was pure country and it paid off for her. She has released one album since the show and had some moderate success with songs like "The Heart of Dixie" and "Friend Zone".
Tessanne Chin (Season 5)
Chin's win in season 5 ended Blake Shelton's three-season victory. The Jamaican-born artist performed all sorts of pop songs both modern and classic throughout the show, including an incredible version of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing". She released an album, Count on My Love, which became the lowest charting album for a Voice winner at the time.
Josh Kaufman (Season 6)
Kaufman's soulful voice was so strong it managed to help him win over country artist Jake Worthington and well-established YouTube star Christina Grimmie in season 6. Since winning, he went in a different direction, performing in the 2013 Broadway revival of Pippin. He did, however, just release an EP this year called Josh Kaufman.
Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7)
Boyd's victory in season 7 was considered shocking by some considering he defeated season-long frontrunner Matt McAndrew, but his strong, country vocals proved to some why he deserved to win all along. He sang country classics and even the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" during his season. Since winning, he asked to leave his label and has not put out an album.
Sawyer Fredericks (Season 8)
Since his audition, singing "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow", it was clear that no one else was winning season 8 but Fredericks. He became an iTunes phenomenon during the live shows, charting in the top 10 every single week. He released an EP, Sawyer Fredericks, in late 2015 and then a folk album called A Good Storm this past May. While neither allowed him to receive such iTunes success again, he did chart well in the folk/Americana world.
Jordan Smith (Season 9)
Much like Fredericks, it was pretty clear after Smith's audition, singing Sia's "Chandelier", that he had season 9 in the bag. He too had all of his songs chart on iTunes, reaching no. 1 on "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "Somebody to Love". Smith was awarded the highest selling artist in Voice history live on the show this past season. He released his debut album Something Beautiful in May and a Christmas album called 'Tis the Season in October, the latter of which is still on the iTunes top 200.
Alisan Porter (Season 10)
Porter broke a few records when she won The Voice's 10th season. She became the first female artist since season 5's Chin to win the show, and also delivered the first victory for coach Christina Aguilera. The singer charted on iTunes several times, including with "Stone Cold", "Let Him Fly" and "Desperado". Porter is currently working on her album.
Sundance Head (Season 11)
Head won The Voice's most recent season over some tough competition, but like the past four winners, he performed very well on iTunes over the course of the season. His future in music remains to be seen.