Courtney Harrell

Vocalist, Songwriter; Casting Producer, America's Got Talent
Class of 
2001
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Courtney Harrell

Courtney Harrell has penned songs for Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, and many more. Her work has been featured on several hit films and television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Think Like a Man, and Star, and her success has led to a Grammy Award and multiple nominations.

Harrell put her first love and dreams of singing on hold after life led her down an unexpected path: young motherhood. While focusing on raising her son, she went on to build a successful career as a songwriter, writing tunes for some of today’s biggest stars. Days after her son’s high school graduation in 2016, she joined the cast of the Emmy-winning show The Voice. Her standout blind audition performance of “Let It Go” was her first time singing publicly in 15 years, and her story and incredible voice captured the hearts of America, landing her a coveted position in the top 10 and later a spot as a coach on Fox Network’s No. 1 trending show, The Four: Battle for Stardom. She is currently a casting producer for America's Got TalentIn addition, her occupation as a mother led her to become a music teacher for the Boston Public Schools, where she found the purpose of her life's work.

Using humor, truth, and vulnerability, Harrell shares her journey from welfare to wealth, empowering her audience with truth, strength, and the courage to live fully in the face of fear and uncertainty.