Are Brynn and Chevel the Next Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood?

Kyle Montplaisir
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American Idol has a history of creating stars. But none more famous than Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood! While The Voice has yet to have any past contestants rise to that level of fame, ever since Kelly joined the show (and started winning), it looks like that could change. With Brynn Cartelli and Chevel Shepherd’s recent wins, could they be the next Kelly and Carrie?


There’s plenty of reasons to believe it could happen! Let’s take a look at why.

The first obvious comparison is that Brynn and Chevel are young pop and country singers, just like Kelly and Carrie were. Pop artist Brynn won first, then her country counterpart Chevel won. Same order as Kelly and Carrie even! On The Voice, Brynn was literally coached by her idol, Kelly Clarkson. She has a similar style to Kelly, with a soulful, powerful pop voice. Brynn’s first original song on the show, “Walk My Way,” also had hints of Kelly’s more upbeat anthems. Chevel, on the other hand, has mentioned numerous times that Carrie Underwood is her favorite artist. Chevel focused on traditional, classic country in her run on The Voice, but her style is definitely influenced by Carrie Underwood.


But the fact that these two younger artists look up to the American Idol winners is just the start! Similar to early seasons of Idol, Brynn is actually getting the promotion and backing it takes to keep momentum going after the show. This season, she has been all over The Voice. Brynn is in a management deal with Kelly’s husband, Brandon Blackstock. She will be touring with Kelly Clarkson and Kelsea Ballerini. And just this week, she announced a new record deal with Atlanic Records!

Brynn and Chevel Kelly

Brynn has also already released two singles since her win in May. Kelly and Carrie both released full albums within a year of their wins on American Idol. So this trajectory is looking good for the young Voice winner! While she may not release a full album by then, because of her young age and upcoming tour, she is staying in the public eye. This is vital for an up-and-coming star!


Chevel Shepherd will hopefully get the same treatment Brynn has gotten. Kelly has been through this before so she knows what it takes to make it big after winning a talent show. She has been especially successful in working with younger female singers on The Voice! Again, this is all great news for Chevel. So it is possible that Brynn and Chevel could be the next Kelly and Carrie? And that they could be the first artists from The Voice to break into the popular music scene? It is more possible than ever with these two!

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