The Voice coach Blake Shelton releases his new album Based on a True Story today (and if you haven't ordered your copy yet, you can do so here), but he's not the only one from the show who's put new music out recently. Here are a half-dozen other artists you know from the show who have turned out fresh albums or EP's in the last few months.
Tje Austin, Dreamin' Big (get it HERE): A member of Team Cee Lo in Season 1, this soulful singer returns with a CD he's been working on for some time, and that extra time and effort shows in a pleasant R&B collection that ranges from the heartbreakingly touching (earlier single "Right For You") to the more uptempo ("Not A Thug") and the slow jams ("Back 2 Me"). He's not necessarily upending the genre, but he doesn't need to; he's got a voice that practically melts in your ears. For those of you who need something smooth to relax with, this is the album you want to add to your collection.
Tim Mahoney Band, Shine Through (get it HERE): Tim Mahoney was responsible for one of The Voice's first-ever memorable moments, when coach Adam Levine mistook him for a woman during his blind audition in Season 1. His unique voice didn't get the appreciation it deserved on the show, but Tim has continued to deliver solid, enjoyable rock ever since, and this new album is more of the same. Whether it's the earnest title track or the simple and painful "It's Over," his album is perfect for those who love a good singer-songwriter without a lot of fanfare. This album also includes his Voice-inspired single, "Hey Adam Levine."
Nakia, Drown in the Crimson Tide (get it HERE): The semifinalist for Team Cee Lo during Season 1 (who competed with Tje Austin during the battle rounds), Nakia is more than doing his part to keep the blues genre in the public music consciousness. Whether it's the uplifting "Dream Big" or something like "Pieces and Castles," this six-song EP from the Texan has plenty of soul and a certain funky element to top it all off. This is music from an artist who's secure in his sound, and while it may not be for everyone, those who want something different than the usual pop and rock will enjoy this one.
Pip, No Formalities (get it HERE): A fan favorite during Season 2, Pip has definitely found his groove with this six-song EP, which comes off confident and catchy. Danceable beats mix with memorable choruses and Pip's refreshingly clear vocals to create songs that will roll around in your head for hours afterward. This is a wonderful debut release that's purely good, clean fun, and establishes exactly what sound fans can expect from Pip in the future. It includes his first post-Voice single, "Who Cares." If there's any issue with No Formalities, it's that it leaves you wanting more. Of all the recent releases from Voice artists, this is the strongest.
Casey Weston, Find the Moon (get it HERE): Team Adam's Season 1 semifinalist has put out her first new material since appearing on the show, and while you'd probably still call her a country artist, there's a surprising amount of range on this new CD. This is the Casey Weston album we've all been waiting for. The distinct twang to Casey's voice is put to good use across the board, but it's the songs that change, with tracks like "Into Your Heart" having more of a pop-rock edge while others such as "Like You" stay closer to country. What's most remarkable about Find the Moon is that you can hear the added maturity, both in Casey's voice and in her lyrics, compared to her self-titled release from two years ago. You can also read the BFTV interview with Casey Weston here.
Kim Yarbrough, Brand New Day (get it HERE): The Team Adam singer with the powerful voice from Season 2 has mostly been busy on stage and screen (did you see her on TNT's Southland earlier this month?), but has just released her new CD-single. If you didn't figure it out from her performances on the show, Kim can blow the doors off with the strength of her voice, and "Brand New Day" is an anthem reminiscent of power-pop singers like Kristine W. The original version runs a bit long, and it's a little bummer that the album is comprised of remixes of one tune, but that one tune proves that a full album from Kim will definitely be intriguing.
The Voice continues tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.
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