5 Facts You Didn’t Know About 14-Year-Old Carter Rubin On ‘The Voice’
One of the standout artists on The Voice Season 19 is Carter Rubin on Team Gwen. Carter was only 14 years old when he auditioned, and he’s been wowing the coaches throughout the competition.
For his blind audition, Carter sang “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi. Both Gwen Stefani and John Legend turned around, and Carter chose to join Gwen’s team. Read on to learn more about Carter, who has turned 15 since his audition.
5 Facts About ‘The Voice’ Star Carter Rubin
Carter’s grandfather is a musician.
Carter comes from a musical family, although the singing skipped a generation. His grandfather Ric Mango was a guitarist and backup vocalist for the band Jay and the Americans in the 1960s. “I think I got the singing gene from him,” Carter said.
Carter told the coaches he “couldn’t do this without my family.” His mom accompanied him to his audition, and his grandfather, father, and brother said hello to the coaches via video chat.
Carter is close with his brother, who has autism.
When Carter introduced his brother Jack to the coaches, he explained that he was diagnosed with autism at two years old. “We have the best bond I could ever ask for,” he said.
Even though Jack is 19, Carter has said, “I am the big brother in the relationship.” He and Jack perform music together for their family’s autism foundation, Families in Arms, which surprises families of children with autism with trips to amusement parks.
He’s faced bullying at school.
For his Knockouts performance, Carter Rubin chose to sing “You Say” by Lauren Daigle, which he related to his own experience. He said kids at school have picked on him for being different.
“Being a 14-year-old boy in middle school-slash-high school that sings, not very athletic… most boys my age their voices have already dropped down,” Carter said. “So I have been picked on by other kids for being this different, unique individual.”
“As I get older, I realize being unique isn’t a bad thing,” he continued, adding that he doesn’t need those people’s “validation.” His performance brought coach Kelly Clarkson to tears.
It’s not his first time auditioning for a talent show.
Carter told Newsday that he auditioned for America’s Got Talent when he was 11 or 12 years old, but didn’t get through. He didn’t let that stop him from pursuing music, though. He’s continued to perform at local events in New York. Check out his 2017 performance of “Hallelujah” above.
Carter chose Team Gwen for a sweet reason.
When trying to get Carter to join her team, Gwen Stefani reminded him that she has a 14-year-old son, and could be like a “mom figure” to him. This apparently resonated with Carter.
“It was a really tough decision,” Carter said in an interview. “I chose Gwen because she talked about being a motherly figure and wanting to help me with my stage presence, my style, all the things I really want to work on as a performer. And she just seems so sweet and so genuine and she really just kind of drew me to her.”
Make sure to watch Carter Rubin perform in this week’s live show, where he’ll compete against artists from all four teams for a chance to continue in the competition for The Voice Season 19.