This season, H-Town took TV singing competitions by storm! Meet the Houstonians who had American Idol and The Voice rocking and rolling.
Backstory The leggy Spring native, 19, was the dark horse on American Idol, receiving no airtime before the live rounds.
On the Show Reminiscent of a young Whitney Houston, Holcomb did numbers like Beyonce’s “Love On Top” with a brassy swagger she attributed to her H-Town upbringing. Holcomb placed fourth.
Since Then Along with the other 10 finalists, she’ll begin the Idols Live tour this month, which hits Houston July 28.
Backstory The shy, fresh-faced Cy-Ranch High student’s hairdresser mom had to talk her into trying out for The Voice.
On the Show The country sweetheart, 16, came out of her shell working with coach Blake Shelton, who cited her among the “most important artists” ever on the show. Her surprising composure and pitch control in performances like Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger” earned her the season 4 crown, making her the show’s youngest winner ever and the only one without a previous record deal.
Since Then The Voice champ signed with Big Machine Label Group, home to country superstars Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire, and will begin recording soon.
Backstory The 23-year-old from Woodville was a Nashville demo singer before Idol.
On the Show Her bluesy-country blend made a fan of judge Nicki Minaj, who called her “worldly” and compared her to Adele. During her homecoming concert, she visited her childhood home and dedicated a song to her late parents. She finished second.
Since Then She’s on the Idols Live summer tour and is promoting her single, “All Cried Out.” Expect an album later this year.
Backstory The Texas Southern grad, 29, took his experience as a pastor at Houston’s Fallbrook Church to TV on Idol.
On the Show His first live performance of Lenny Williams’ “Cause I Love You,” drew a standing ovation from the judges, who loved his throwback R&B style. He was eliminated after making it to the Top 20.
Since Then He’s back working as a minister and has recently performed in Nashville and Dallas.
Backstory Prior to The Voice, Sugar Land’s Berry, 18, caught the attention via YouTube of country group Sugarland, who asked her to join them in a video duet of their hit “Stuck Like Glue,” which was shown at the 2011 ACM Awards.
On the Show She was praised for her folky voice and creativity during performances like “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games. Berry was eliminated during the show’s knockout rounds.
Since Then She’s been performing regularly around the state, and sings at this month’s Freedom Over Texas celebration at Eleanor Tinsley Park.