Who is JB Somers? The Pop artist competing in The Voice 23

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JB Somers is an American Singer and Songwriter. He is best known for competing on Season 23 of NBC’s singing reality show “The Voice”. The show is coached by Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan. He is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.

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Somers’ life growing up in rural Alabama was deeply entrenched in the evangelical church. From being a worship leader in the youth group, singing in the choir loft and attending Montgomery Academy – the same school his mother had gone to – his faith was an integral part of his life.

However, in 2016, after the tragic death of his sister Somer Johnson due to a drug overdose, he decided to pursue music as a career.

JB Somers and his late sister Somers Johnson as children
JB Somers and his late sister Somers Johnson as children

With a heavy heart, he embarked on a new journey and eventually ended up in Nashville to start anew. Despite experiencing immense heartache over the last few years, Somers has embraced the city of Nashville and made it his home for the past two years.

Early Life

Somers shared that, he was drawn to a life in music from singing in church. His dream was solidified when he was in his 20s and decided to pursue writing songs more seriously.

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To channel inspiration, he looked to artists like Hozier, Sam Smith, Brooke Ligertwood, and especially Joni Mitchell. According to Somers, Mitchell’s music pushed him to create pieces with more content and meaning.

Career

Somers released his debut single “There For Me” in April 2022 after moving to Nashville He later comes out as a gay artist. In the same month, he discussed his experience as a queer artist in the music industry with New Scene Magazine.

 “It’s awesome and scary. I’m thankful to not have to hide that part of myself anymore. I feel like now I can write about every aspect of my life and bring songs to people that are more honest than ever before. I will say sometimes I struggle with feeling like I’m not “gay enough” for the industry. No one has made me feel that way just my own insecurities. Overall I’m just thankful to have a space to be my full self and make music!”  

In September 2022, he released “Build This Love,” and became one of many Season 23 contestants on The Voice.


About the Season 23 of The Voice:

The Voice returned with a brand new installment. This season will feature some of the best and brightest singing talent from all over the country, as well as a star-studded line-up of coaches which include Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, Chance The Rapper and OG coach Blake Shelton who will be bidding farewell to his long-time tenure after this season.

The Voice is sure to be an exciting and entertaining ride for viewers everywhere. Each episode will see contestants battling it out to impress one or more of the coaches in order to move to the next round. For those that are chosen by more than one coach, they must use their charm and talents to convince the judges on why they should be part of their team.

This year’s installment is bound to be exciting as the show features an array of unique contestants from different walks of life and cultures. Each week the stakes will get higher as contestants give it their all with the hopes of making it through to the finals.

Watch The Voice on NBC Mondays at 8/7c, Tuesdays at 9/8c, and the next day on Peacock.


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