10 Facts About ‘The Four’ Standout, Leah Jenea Gaines
For the first time in over a month, TWO members of The Four lost their chairs on last night’s episode. One of them was James Graham, an original member of The Four, who was finally dethroned in his fifth battle of the season. Newcomers JeRonelle McGhee and Leah Jenea Gaines took down Noah Barlass and James Graham, respectively. Now Leah Jenea Gaines is going to have to fight to stay in the neon circle throne. Now, we’re going to dive in to her background and learn more about who the newest member of The Four really is!
Leah Jenea Gaines
- Leah Jenea is a 17-year-old hip-hop/soul singer and songwriter from Newark, New Jersey. Her parents say she started singing by the time she was two years old!
- She is the daughter of New Brunswick hip-hop hood star Larry “Left Gunnz” Gainz. They even have a song together now!
- Musical talent definitely runs in Leah Jenea’s family. Not only is her mom also a singer, but Leah Jenea’s brother is a performer too! He landed a role in a tour of the musical “Kinky Boots” when they were growing up.
- At just 9 years old, Leah Jenea blew away a packed crowd at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as part of a performance for Newark Symphony Hall’s summer camp. She sang “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. This was the launch of her career as a musical artist.
- From there, Newark Symphony Hall invited her to join a group of elite vocalists called the Special Ensemble. While she was a member, the group went on to win a gold medal at the McDonalds Gospel Fest!
- Leah Jenea spent some time modeling and acting when she was younger. She appeared in an episode of “Law & Order” and in the 2014 movie remake of “Annie.”
- Leah Jenea made it to the Blind Auditions for The Voice in Season 10. She was 15 years old at the time, but failed to turn a chair. Blake, Adam, and Pharell did encourage her to come back the next year, once she gained control of her unique tone and style.
- Leah Jenea used her experience on The Voice as motivation to audition for Amateur Night at The Apollo. There, she won first place three times in a row!
- Leah Jenea is scheduled to begin production of a new project with Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature later this year!
- At 17, Leah Jenea has already released a full album called “Life W.T.R.”, as well as a handful of other original singles.