Garrett Gardner

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Garrett Gardner
Background information
OriginRingwood, New Jersey, United States
GenresFunk, Rock, Blues
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums, bass, keyboard
Associated actsShakira

Garrett Gardner is an American singer and songwriter. He auditioned twice to the US edition of The Voice. His first attempt in season 3 ended in failure with no coach turning their chair, while his second attempt in season 4 earned him a spot on the Top 12 finals.[1] He was eliminated finishing 11th-12th in the series. Gardner sings funky pop, rock, and blues.

Early life[edit]

Gardner was born and raised in Ringwood, New Jersey.[2] His parents are both musicians. Since he was one year-old, Gardner has played toy instruments like the drum. In an interview with Christina Milan, Gardner stated that his musical exploits as a toddler evolved into him playing actual drums and other instruments as an adult.


The Voice, season 3[edit]

In 2012 of The Voice season 3, Gardner auditioned but was not selected by any coaches. He sang "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. However, Gardner received constructive advice from coach Adam Levine. After his audition fell short, Gardner’s father died, which encouraged him to try out again the next season. Also, Gardner received criticism from judges and impressive replies from internet media and television.

The Voice, season 4[edit]

In The Voice season 4, Gardner auditioned and joined Shakira’s team, since she was the only judge to turn a chair. He sang the "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes which captured Shakira’s interest with Gardner’s signature voice.

In the battle rounds, Gardner was paired with J'Sun from Team Shakira and performed "How You Like Me Now?". They were mentored by Joel Madden. After his performance, Shakira chose Gardner.

Gardner then went into the knockout rounds in which he competed against Tawnya Reynolds. He sang "Too Close" by Alex Clare and was chosen to enter the top 16 as semi-finalist.

As he advanced into the live playoffs, he sang "Imagine" by John Lennon where he plays piano and his performance led the judges to save him he and advanced to top 12.[3] Before the top 12 results, team Shakira performed "We Are the Champions" in episode 15. Also, Team Blake & Team Shakira joined forces performing the song "Hall of Fame", as non-competition, intermission number with Gardner as part of the team.

In the top 12 live performances, Gardner crooned "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys which brought positive feedback from the judges. However, on results night, he did not get through to the Top 10 by the public votes.[4] Gardner exited the competition on May 14.


Later, Gardner was invited to perform as a guest in the Fox's talk show “Good Day New York”. On May 17, 2013, he sang his original composition “The Valley” which is to be released soon.[5]

Performances on The Voice[edit]

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition (Season 3) "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" Creedence Clearwater Revival September 10, 2012 1.4 No chairs turned
Blind Audition (Season 4) "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes April 1, 2013 3.5 Shakira turned
Defaulted to Team Shakira
Battle Rounds "How You Like Me Now?" (vs. J'Sun) The Heavy April 15, 2013 7.2 Saved by Coach
Knockout Rounds "Too Close" (vs. Tawnya Reynolds) Alex Clare April 29, 2013 11.2 Saved by Coach
Live Playoffs "Imagine" John Lennon May 7, 2013 15.1 Saved by Coach
Live Top 12 "I Want It That Way" Backstreet Boys May 13, 2013 17.3 Eliminated