Ever wanted to see Brynn Cartelli, Jordan Smith, and other winners of The Voice performing before they were famous? You may not have realized it, but you can find old videos of just about all of them on YouTube. They may look younger, and they may have made some questionable fashion choices, but their talent still shines through.
We went ahead and did the hard work for you to find clips of a dozen past winners from before their blind auditions. Little did they know, in just a few years, they would be singing for votes on national television — and winning.
1. Brynn Cartelli
You can find several videos on YouTube of Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli performing before the show. Not only does she show off the amazing voice that earned her the top spot, but she also plays piano and guitar on songs like “Hallelujah” and Justin Bieber’s “Cold Water” (above).
2. Chevel Shepherd
In 2016, the show’s most recent winner sang “Heaven Was Needing a Hero” in a touching performance dedicated to Ashlynne Mike, a young girl from her hometown in New Mexico who was murdered. As Chevel says in the video, she also performed the song on her local radio station.
3. Sundance Head
Before winning Season 11 of The Voice, Sundance Head performed an acoustic set at a Texas cafe. The song he chose to sing was “Darlin’ Don’t Go,” an original track which would become his coronation song when he reached the finals.
4. Jordan Smith
This one’s a little different. The Season 9 winner participated in a Poetry Out Loud competition when he was in high school, and although he doesn’t sing in the above video, it’s easy to see what a talented performer he is as he adjusts his tone (and his accent) through different poems.
5. Cassadee Pope
Before winning Season 3, Cassadee Pope was the lead singer in a band called Hey Monday. Considering she’s gone country now, it’s interesting to see her perform in a more pop-punk style. Above, she performs an acoustic version of the band’s song “Homecoming.”
6. Danielle Bradbery
Before she performed the National Anthem at the NFL season opener in 2013, the Season 4 winner performed it in a public restroom. Sure, football stadiums are cool, but Danielle proves that you don’t need a fancy venue to sound fantastic.
7. Jermaine Paul
Before he won Season 2 of The Voice, Jermaine Paul performed as a backup singer for Alicia Keys. The two were even nominated for a Grammy for their cover of “If This World Were Mine.” Above, they perform Keys’ song “Diary” together.
8. Tessanne Chin
The Season 5 winner was a recording artist before she auditioned for the show, putting out “Hideaway” as her debut single in 2006. It appeared on her 2010 album In Between Words. As the music video shows, she’s always been a talented performer.
9. Alisan Porter
It’s hard to find a time before Season 10 winner Alisan Porter was famous, since she started acting at such a young age. (You might remember her from the 1991 movie Curly Sue. Turns out, The Voice wasn’t her first time on a talent show. She appeared on Star Search at age 5.
10. Craig Wayne Boyd
If you’re a fan of country singer and Season 7 Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd, you don’t want to miss the above video of him performing the song “Dirty South” on his acoustic guitar.
11. Sawyer Fredericks
If you’re wondering if Sawyer Fredericks wore that hat and long hair before he won Season 8 of The Voice, the answer is yes. In the above video, the young singer performs The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” He’s since grown into the hat, but his talent has always been there.
12. Javier Colon
The show’s first winner auditioned with Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” But it wasn’t his first time singing the song. He previously performed it at a Golfers Against Cancer event in Texas in 2010. As you can see, that iconic baseball hat and stool preceded The Voice.