The Voice scenesters: Where are they now? featuring Juliet Simms, Cassadee Pope, more
With NBC’s The Voice embarking on its ninth season, we have to wonder if any more familiar faces will make their way on stage this season. We’ve seen plenty of AP scenesters audition and even conquer The Voice over the years. Here are some of the notables and no ones that have come across the radar.
JANE SMITH, Belle Histoire
In 2013, Belle Histoire were featured in AP 297, 100 Bands You Need to Know. Frontwoman Jane Smith later went on to audition for the fourth season of The Voice. Unfortunately, Smith’s rendition of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love” didn’t turn any of the judges chairs, and she was sent home during the blind auditions. Since her audition, Smith started a small solo project called Decker that released an EP Clean Hands in 2013. After a couple of small tours directly following the release of the EP, Decker has also released two EP's this year. But many fans of The Voice agree, she was completely underrated on her season, making her way onto the Rolling Stone article, “The 10 Most Robbed Contestants Of The Voice Season 4.”
JOE KIRKLAND, Artist Vs. Poet
After several lineup changes, Joe Kirkland found himself as the lead singer to the now-duo that is Artist Vs. Poet (featured in 100 Bands You Need to Know in both AP 249 and AP 261) before auditioning for the third season of The Voice. Although it seemed Artist Vs. Poet was in a difficult stage of their career after the once, seven-man band split into a duo, the two claimed that Kirkland’s audition for The Voice was no Hail Mary. Rather, they called it an “impulse decision” in a Facebook post after Kirkland’s elimination from coach Adam Levine’s team in season four.
After Kirkland’s stint on television, Artist Vs. Poet went on to release three albums in 2013 including: Keep Your Secrets, Remember This (Anniversary Edition) and the Sleep EP. The following year, they released Sake of Love and Medicine.
JACQUI SANDELL, My Arcadia
After her elimination from Team Blake in the battle rounds of Season Four, Jacqui Sandell briefly joined forces with her fellow competitor, Christian Porter. Together they developed the acoustic-folk band, the Misses And Me. They released one song “Sinking Ships,” but have yet to release anything else.
However, singing wasn’t Sandall’s ultimate dream. She stated during her season that she started singing when she was nine, but ultimately focused on dancing. But post-college, Scandell joined My Arcadia. She further explained she decided to audition to make sure she wasn’t “just some screaming chick in a garage band,” as quoted in a blog dedicated to The Voice.
JESSIE POLAND, Charlotte Sometimes
Previously known under the alias Charlotte Sometimes, Jessie Poland joined Team Blake on the second season of The Voice but was eliminated after the first set of live shows.
Although post Voice Charlotte Sometimes released the EPs Circus Head in 2013 and By Request in 2014, Poland has retired the Charlotte Sometimes ego. In 2014, she revealed a new project called Laces, releasing a self-titled EP in 2015.
DIA FRAMPTON, Meg & Dia
Former frontwoman of the sister-band Meg & Dia, Frampton was the first of the scenesters to make their way onto The Voice. Winning over coach Cee Lo with her rendition of “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat, Frampton finished as runner-up on the first season.
“Meg & Dia just finished doing an album called Cocoon, and you probably haven’t heard of it, and that’s kind of the reason why I did the show,” Frampton told AP in a previous interview.
After the first season, Frampton was briefly signed to Universal Republic. She released her debut solo album, Red in 2011, with cowriter credits from members of Florence + The Machine and Foster The People as well as major collaborations with Blake Shelton and Kid Cudi.
Recently, Frampton embarked on a new project she calls ARCHIS who released their first self-titled EP in early 2015. ARCHIS proves to be a large departure from the previous sound of Meg & Dia, drawing inspiration from cinematic scores. Frampton recently announced that production of an ARCHIS LP is in the works.
JULIET SIMMS, Automatic Loveletter
Juliet Simms followed as the runner-up on the second season. She was quickly signed by her coach, Cee Lo Green, and released the single, “Wild Child” in 2012. Though a full-length album was scheduled for release in 2013, the label dropped Simms before it was able to debut. Simms continued touring after her time on The Voice, primarily playing songs from Automatic Loveletter’s last release, the acoustic album The Kids Will Take Their Monsters On released in 2011.
In January, Simms released her All or Nothing EP funded by PledgeMusic.com. Following the release, she promoted the release on Warped Tour 2015, playing the Journey’s Right Foot stage.
CASSADEE POPE, Hey Monday
In the third season, former Hey Monday vocalist Cassadee Pope claimed the title as the Voice victor with guidance from coach Blake Shelton. Hey Monday announced a hiatus in December of 2011, which was followed by a brief solo career from Pope with the release of teponymous EP before she joined the Voice. In a previous conversation with AP, Pope explains that she auditioned for The Voice after she [felt unsatisfied with where her career was heading,] even after the success of Hey Monday.
Her post-win album, Frame By Frame debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2013. Her video for the single “Wasting All These Tears” won Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2014 CMT Music Awards.
Since her win, CMT aired Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame in 2013, a reality TV series that followed her after her victory. She’s also toured with major country musicians such as Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley in 2014. Pope is currently working on a new album and has recently released a music video for the single, “I Am Invincible.”