The Voice season has has its first female rock singer! Twenty three-year-old Chloe Kohanski from Nashville, Tenn., was crowned season 13 champion of NBC’s musical competition series The Voice Tuesday night (Dec 19)
Check out her post-win interview alongside her six time The Voice winning coach Blake Shelton. Highlights:
- Last season, Blake was sure Lauren Duski would win. After she came in second behind Alicia Keys’ Chris Blue, he vowed not to assume ever again. “iTunes can be deceiving” he says.
- Competing on The Voice gave Chloe a lot of confidence. She never assumed she’d win.
- Blake believes Chloe can be the first singer from The Voice to become a “superstar.” Whoops he amends that. A “star” with the potential to release hit records.
- Chloe was surprised that Miley ditched her after she sang “Landslide.” Then Blake stole her.
- Blake is proud that Chloe is the first real rock n roll artist to win The Voice.
- Blake mentions that his last two winners (Sundance Head from Season 12 and Craig Wayne Boyd from season 7) didn’t release albums after their wins. He believes Chloe has the talent. Universal needs to give her the platform and promote her record. “If they can do that, it’s going to be easy,” he says. “If we can’t follow through with this thing,” says Blake “Well then WTF.”
- Chloe loves collaborating. She can’t wait to work with people on her album. She looks forward to planning a tour. She’s thinking about the visuals already.
- Chloe wasn’t aware of many of the 80’s artists she covered before competing on the show. She listened to Blake’s and her fan’s suggestions.
- Chloe felt “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was a big turning point for her. It was when she stopped thinking and started performing. “I literally transformed,” she says of the moment.
Chloe faced tough competition with the other Top 4 finalists, including Addison Agen (runner-up) from Team Adam Levine, Brooke Simpson from Team Miley Cyrus (3rd place) and Red Marlow (4th place) from Team Blake Shelton.
During the Blind Auditions, Chloe wowed the coaches with her performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” which earned her chair turns from coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton. She chose Team Miley, and during the Knockout Rounds, she gave a dynamic performance of Stevie Nick’s “Landslide,” which led to a steal by Shelton. Continuing the competition with Team Blake, Chloe delivered an impressive interpretation of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” during the Playoffs, which earned her a spot in the Top 12. Throughout the live shows, her performances of “Thank You” by Dido, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, “Call Me” by Blondie and “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner, led her all the way to the Finals.
Chloe Kohanski is only the third singer in “Voice” history to hit #1 on the iTunes singles chart three times in one season for her performances of her original song “Wish I Didn’t Love You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Chloe is in great company, as the previous two singers with distinction are season 3 “Voice” winner Cassadee Pope and season 9 winner Jordan Smith.
Born and raised in the music city of Nashville, Tenn., Chloe was the only musician in her family and always knew she wanted to become a singer. After graduating high school, she went to college to become an English teacher but decided to join a blues band instead. After a short stint with the band, she decided to move in a new direction, embarking on a solo career that led her to auditioning for The Voice.
Chloe has earned the grand prize of a recording contract and will also join the cast of “The Voice: Neon Dreams,” which premieres in the spring at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At the first ever Voice Residency, Chloe will join “Voice” season 10 winner Alisan Porter along with finalists Matt McAndrew, Matthew Schuler, Mary Sarah, Chris Mann and Michael Sanchez as they perform eight shows a week for “Voice” fans from around the world.