Alisan Porter, a former child star, beat out Adam Wakefield, Hannah Huston and Laith Al-Saadi, who placed second, third and fourth. She performed “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” for her finale. Alisan Ann (born June 20, 1981) is an American singer, blogger, and former actress and dancer. She is known for her lead role in the 1991 film Curly Sue. In 2016, she became the winner of season 10 of NBC’s The Voice as a member of Team Christina.
Born to Jewish parents in Worcester, Massachusetts, Porter is the great-granddaughter of the late, prominent Worcester rabbi Joseph Klein. Her maternal grandmother ran the Charlotte Klein Dance Center in Worcester. Porter’s mother, Laura Klein, also taught dance, coaching Diane Klimaszewski and Elaine Klimaszewski, who appeared on Star Search in 1987, in the junior dance category, before they became better known as the Coors Light Twins. Her father, Ric Porter, was co-founder, lead singer, and songwriter of the Worcester Band Zonkaraz. While in Los Angeles for the twins’ appearance on the show, the show’s producer heard Porter singing in the hotel lobby and had her on the very next episode. Alisan has been singing and performing since the age of three; at the age of five, she became the youngest Star Search participant ever to win the competition.
As an actress, she is known for her lead role as Curly Sue in the 1991 movie Curly Sue starring Jim Belushi.
Porter continued acting at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, where she joined a theatre group and participated in various shows. When she was eighteen, she moved to New York to audition for Broadway shows. She was cast as Urleen in the show Footloose.
Porter is based in Los Angeles, where she has been working on her music career. During this time she starred as Miriam in the smash The Ten Commandments: The Musical at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles alongside Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert and Broadway star Lauren Kennedy. In 2003, the band The Raz was formed, with Porter as the vocalist and main songwriter. The Raz split up in 2004. In March 2005, she announced the birth of her new band, The Alisan Porter Project. During 2006, she performed in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line as Bebe Bensonheimer at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City.
On October 9, 2009, Porter’s independent debut self-titled album was released.
The Voice (2016)
On February 29, 2016, she became a contestant on season 10 of The Voice and sang “Blue Bayou” for her blind audition performance. All four coaches – Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell Williams – turned their chairs for her and she chose Aguilera as her coach. In the battle rounds, Porter was up against Lacy Mandigo with the song “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & the Papas as a rock version. In the knockout rounds, Porter beat Daniel Passino. Alisan Porter’s vocal style is uniquely her own with a skillset that seems to please the voting masses. On May 24, 2016, Porter became the winner of The Voice in season 10.