Caroline Pennell

Caroline Pennell (born December 27, 1995 in Saddle River, New Jersey) is an American singer-songwriter. She was a contestant on the fifth season of the United States version of the reality singing competition The Voice.[1]

Caroline Pennell
Birth nameCaroline Ades Pennell
Born (1995-12-27) December 27, 1995 (age 24)
Saddle River, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresIndie pop, indie folk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter,
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active2012–present
Associated actsThe Voice, CeeLo Green, Jay Stolar, Bassjackers, Lucas & Steve

Early lifeEdit

Pennell was born in 1995, and is the eldest of Bonnie and Keith Pennell's four children. Pennell cited that music was a huge part of her childhood. Pennell has three younger siblings: Bailey, Lucy, and Davis. Caroline was born and raised in Saddle River, New Jersey, a town located in the New Jersey-New York border and near New York City. She attended Wandell Elementary School. She graduated from Ramsey High School in 2014.[2] She attended Tulane University in New Orleans but later took a break to focus on her music career.

On The VoiceEdit

Pennell auditioned for the fifth season of the American series of The Voice. She turned the chairs of CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton with her blind audition singing Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen."[3] She chose Green to be her coach. In the battle rounds she battled Anthony Paul, singing "As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber. Green chose to advance Pennell to the next round. In the knockout round, she faced George Horga, Jr. singing Ingrid Michaelson's "The Way I Am". She was again picked by Green to advance to the Live Rounds. In the Live Rounds, she sang "We're Going to Be Friends" by The White Stripes and received the public vote. In the Top 10, she sang "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and landed in the bottom three. Before voting in the "Instant Save" system to pick one contestant in the bottom three to move forward, Pennell and Tessanne Chin performed Lorde's "Royals". Pennell was predicted to be the underdog in the bottom three, but after her performance, she received 80% of the Twitter votes, and moving on to the Top 8. The next week, she sang "Dog Days Are Over" and again landed in the bottom three. Matthew Schuler was picked on Twitter by the "Instant Save," ending Pennell's time as a contestant.

Penell originally picked Green because "comfort is a big thing for [her], and CeeLo radiates comfort. [She] just always wanted to hug him".[4]

Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "Anything Could Happen" Ellie Goulding September 23, 2013 1.2 Two chairs turned
Joined Team Cee-lo
Battle Rounds (Top 48) "As Long as You Love Me" (vs. Anthony Paul) Justin Bieber October 14, 2013 7.1 Advanced
Knockout Rounds (Top 32) "The Way I Am" (vs. George Horga, Jr.) Ingrid Michaelson October 29, 2013 12.7 Advanced
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "We're Going to Be Friends" The White Stripes November 5, 2013 14.5 Safe
Live Top 12 "Wake Me Up" Avicii November 11, 2013 16.1 Safe
Live Top 10 "Leaving on a Jet Plane" Peter Paul and Mary November 18, 2013 18.4 Bottom Three
Instant Save
Live Top 8 "Dog Days Are Over" Florence and the Machine November 25, 2013 20.3 Bottom Three
Non-competition performances
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order
Top 12 "Give a Little Bit" (with CeeLo Green, Kat Robichaud, Jonny Gray, Amber Nicole, and Tamara Chauniece) Supertramp November 6, 2013 15.2
Live Top 12 Results "Roam" (with CeeLo Green, Kat Robichaud, and Jonny Gray) The B-52's November 12, 2013 17.2
Live Top 10 Results "Royals" (with Tessanne Chin) Lorde November 19, 2013 19.4
Live Top 8 Performances "Lego House" (with Jacquie Lee, James Wolpert, and Matthew Schuler) Ed Sheeran November 25, 2013 20.3
Finals "Bohemian Rhapsody" (with Jacquie Lee, Cole Vosbury, James Wolpert and Matthew Schuler) Queen December 17, 2013 27.2
Finals "Wagon Wheel" (with Will Champlin, Cole Vosbury, Austin Jenckes and Jonny Gray) Old Crow Medicine Show November 26, 2013 27.6

Nettwerk Music GroupEdit

Pennell announced that she would join the Nettwerk Music Group. She was featured on the album "From Cover to Cover: 30 Years at Nettwerk". Her cover of Coldplay's "Yellow" was one of the most downloaded songs from the album.


Pennell released her EP The Race on December 1, 2013.[5] She wrote and co-produced all songs. The EP received great praise from the public and critics. It currently has 4,000 downloads, as one of the most downloaded Voice alumni albums released after the show. The EP contains the following tracks:

Title and details Notes
The Race
  • Type: EP
  • Released: December 1, 2013
1."Nobody's Home"4:00
2."The Race"3:30
3."Tell Myself"3:22
4."Reaching Out"3:16

Other appearancesEdit

In addition to Coldplay's "Yellow," Pennell has also covered "Come and Get It" from the movie The Magic Christian, a song written by Paul McCartney. Her performance was featured as one of the five songs on Music for Linda, produced by Paul McCartney, sold to raise funds for Women and Cancer Fund.

She was featured on Bassjackers and Lucas and Steve's song "These Heights".


  1. ^ Slezak, Michael (December 4, 2013). "The Voice's Caroline Pennell on Tackling Bieber, Rocking 'Royals,' Accepting Cee Lo's Laid-Back Coaching: 'Everyone Else Was Standing Up'". Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Dazio, Stefanie. "Saddle River's Caroline Pennell advances to next round of The Voice", The Record (Bergen County), November 25, 2013. Accessed June 27, 2016. "Ramsey High School held a viewing party of senior Caroline Pennell's performance on The Voice last week."
  3. ^ "North Jersey News and Information". Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Starr, Michael (February 26, 2014). "'The Voice' finalist Caroline Pennell records five-track EP". Retrieved March 23, 2020.

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