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Where Is Cam Anthony, The Voice Season 20 Winner, Now?
The Philly native, previously known for singing cover songs on YouTube as a child, made a lasting impact on Team Blake.
Blake Shelton’s final live show on The Voice wouldn't be complete without an emotional sendoff featuring the talented contestants he worked with over his remarkable run on the show. One of those is Cam Anthony.
The north Philadelphia native first appeared on The Voice in the Season 20 premiere, wowing the Coaches – then consisting of Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Nick Jonas. Anthony, just 19 at the time, kicked off his Blind Audition with a performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” (which you can read about here), prompting Jonas to block Legend from taking Anthony for himself.
Things only went up from there because (spoiler alert!), Anthony would win the entire season as a Team Blake singer. It would mark the country legend’s eighth contestant to win since his tenure began in the series’ premiere season in 2011.
Anthony had already garnered a following thanks to his YouTube channel. In 2018, the singer told TV host Steve Harvey that his mother encouraged him to perform after hearing him sing along to a Folgers coffee commercial at age 4 and began uploading music videos when he was 11.
Anthony said his version of Lorde’s “Royals,” when he was just 12 years old, “blew up overnight” after being uploaded to YouTube.
Anthony would reprise “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the 2014 Easter Egg Roll at the White House with then-U.S. President Barack Obama, then-First Lady Michelle Obama, and the Easter Bunny himself in the audience. He was just 13 years old.
At age 14, he’d signed onto a music label and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career, according to a radio interview with Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate. But the global standstill brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic shifted his plans, and upon learning The Voice was holding casting calls, Anthony decided to forge a new path by auditioning.
All but Clarkson turned their chairs for Anthony’s performance, and when left between Jonas and Shelton, Anthony sided with Shelton.
During the Battles, Anthony and fellow Team Blake singer Emma Caroline went head-to-head with ”10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber. Anthony – whom Jonas said had “a real gift” – won the round, though Caroline was left open for Coach Shelton’s sole save.
Anthony would win the Knockouts with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” against Connor Christian’s rendition of “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer. Anthony later advanced in the Playoffs with Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and climbed up the live semi-finals with songs including “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men. During the finale, he competed with Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” and a duet with Shelton singing Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy.” But it was Cynthia Erivo’s “Stand Up” that helped crown Anthony as the season champion.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions,” Anthony said of his win. “It’s been crazy. I’m just letting it all sink in.”
He returned to The Voice to impart some of his invaluable advice onto Season 21 contestants, stating he was keeping busy in the studio since his Season 20 win.
Shelton announced Season 23 would be his final with The Voice, marking an end of an era. He looks forward to devoting his time to being a stepdad with his wife, Gwen Stefani, whom he met during filming, at his side.