The Voice returns to television sets this week with a new season, featuring two new mentors. Chance the Rapper and Naill Horan are the new mentors for the NBC Talent Challenge, along with Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. The 29-year-old American hip-hop artist was born in Chicago, Illinois. The Season 23 season debut of The Voice airs on NBC on Monday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Voice season 23 will feature Chance the Rapper as a new mentor.
Chance the Rapper, an American hip-hop artist, will join the judging panel for the new season of the NBC talent competition, which has been running since 2011. Chancellor Jonathan Bennet was born in Chicago in 1993 to Lisa Bennet and Ken Williams-Bennett. While his mother was the Attorney General of Illinois, his father worked as an assistant to Senator Barack Obama. The future cast member of The Voice met President Barack Obama as an adolescent because his father served in the Department of Labor during Obama’s first term.
Chance made his first mixtape in 2011, after being expelled from high school for using marijuana. Complex magazine named him one of ten up-and-coming Chicago singers to watch. He released his album the following year, on April 3, 2012. The Teacher’s Voice season 23 was featured on Childish Gambino’s album, and the latter asked him to perform for him on his first North American show tour. Chance Acid Rap, the rapper’s third EP, debuted at number 26 on the Heatseekers chart in 2013 and number 63 on the US R&B and Hip Hop chart.
It was nominated for Best Album at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards the same year. It also featured on several lists, including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and many others. Chance was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Original Music and Lyrics for his Saturday Night Live performance in 2017. Last Christmas was a song he sang with Kenan Thompson, Eli Bruggemann and Will Stephens.
The artist was awarded Chicago’s Distinguished Child of the Year in 2014. He received credit for his efforts to help children by hosting several open mic nights for high school students in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library. Two years later, he raised money to distribute 100 coats and sleeping bags to needy people through his Warmest Winter project. After that, the teacher on season 23 of The Voice co-founded SocialWorks, a charity group. The organization develops new youth initiatives for Chicago residents.
Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools in 2017. His efforts to help society’s most vulnerable members earned him the UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Prize at the organization’s annual banquet in 2020. Former One Direction band and singer Niall Horan will be one of the new mentors joining him on The Voice. Starting Monday, March 6, the two will join Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton in the season. Watch the season debut at 8pm ET; segments will be shown on Peacock the next day.