Boston-based singer-songwriter Jen Aldana has won the Snapchat competition on “The Voice.” Carson Daly announced the news on the TV show’s Season 15 finale last week.
Aldana received votes on Snapchat throughout the season and was ultimately selected by Adam Levine, a judge on “The Voice” and the lead singer of Maroon 5. She won a blind audition in front of the four iconic red swivel chairs in a future TV season.
Originally from Medford, Aldana participated in Berklee City Music while in high school and received a full scholarship to Berklee, where she received a bachelor of music degree in songwriting, according to the college.
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? THE TRUTH ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE ? (honest post ahead..)? ? Many of you don?t know this but I ALMOST didn?t even audition... There was a big part of me afraid of failure and letting myself down.?? ?? I was hours away from submitting a video before the deadline, and feeling sorry for myself because I had had a hard week. I went ahead & did it anyway, because I told myself that it was better to at least try, than wonder ?what if?? ?? ?? I neverrr imagined winning this thing... never. While on set for the #VoiceonSnapchat during Battles they asked me in an interview: ?why hasn?t your musical career taken off yet?? and it was a haunting question I had asked myself all the time. ?? ?? Last year I even fell into depression partially from the disappointment of the lack of direction in my career. (what helped me get out was community, a mentor, prayer, and TELLING someone)?? ?? One thing I know is that every journey looks different. This happened to me now and I believe YOUR time is coming. I?m ecstatic about all this, because it?s just a reminder to me & those around me to N E V E R give up. Mannnn when I think about the Lord and all He?s done for me!! (how he raisedddd me, how he saaaaaved me )?? ?? All this to say: Stay faithful in all you do. Don?t give up. And ask for help when you need it. ?? ?? Love you guys! Just had to be vulnerable and share the truth about the journey. It?s not over!! It only gets better... for all of us!?? ?? #TheVoice?
Aldana shared a lengthy Instagram post after the news broke, detailing her experience and previous self-doubt. She said that she almost didn’t audition, out of fear of failure and letting herself down.
“I was hours away from submitting a video before the deadline, and feeling sorry for myself because I had had a hard week,” she wrote. “I went ahead & did it anyway, because I told myself that it was better to at least try, than wonder ‘what if?’”
During the battle rounds for “The Voice” on Snapchat, according to Aldana, she was asked why her musical career hadn’t taken off yet.
“It was a haunting question I had asked myself all the time,” she said.
She “even fell into a depression” last year but found help in community, mentor, prayer, “and TELLING someone.”
Aldana advised people to “stay faithful in all you do,” not give up, and ask for help if needed.
“Just had to be vulnerable and share the truth about the journey,” Aldana concluded. “It only gets better . . . for all of us.”Lillian Brown can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.