Ever since choosing her for her team back on an episode that aired in February, Kelly Clarkson — one of four coaches on NBC’s “The Voice” — has heaped praise on Brynn Cartelli.
The 15-year-old Cartelli’s incredible voice, poise on stage and confidence even led Clarkson to call her a “unicorn,” shorthand for someone who uniquely possesses a diverse array of talents not usually found in just one person. Cartelli quickly rocketed up the list of top contenders and the iTunes charts, culminating in her winning the two-part finale Tuesday night and becoming the youngest winner in the show’s 14-season history.
And this unicorn has even more talents beyond music. Cartelli is a USA Field Hockey member, and had Team USA cheering her on throughout the competition. USA Field Hockey kept fans up to date on her progress throughout the season via Twitter, and members of the women's national team wished her well on Facebook.
It was fate that the Longmeadow, Massachusetts, native ended up joining Team Clarkson, as the “American Idol” winner’s hit “Breakaway” formed Cartelli’s introduction to music when she was just 4 years old. “Beneath Your Beautiful” was Cartelli’s choice at her blind audition, causing both Clarkson and fellow coach Blake Shelton to turn their chairs around. Cartelli chose Clarkson, who in her first season as a coach told her, “I can win with you.”
Cartelli is poised to become a star herself, as her original coronation song, “Walk My Way,” hit No. 1 on iTunes in the aftermath of the finale.