Who Won “The Voice”? All About Season 25 Champion Asher HaVon

Asher HaVon was crowned 'The Voice' champion in May 2024, marking Team Reba’s first win

<p>Tyler Golden/NBC/Getty</p> Asher HaVon on

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Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

Asher HaVon marked a historic win as the champion of The Voice season 25.

The Alabama native became the first openly LGBTQ+ singer to win the show in its 13-year history and secured Team Reba’s first win.

“I am so proud to be a part of that community, and I just pray that everything that I’ve done on this show have inspired them all that they can do the same thing,” he told Entertainment Tonight following his May 21 win.

HaVon took home the crown after performing Patti LaBelle’s “On My Own” alongside his coach Reba McEntire. He first won her over — as well as two other coaches — in the blind auditions with his rendition of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.”

"Asher what an incredible voice you have. Your range, your power, I couldn't wait to turn around and see what you look like. And not disappointing at all. Way to go," McEntire said after his performance.

So who is the winner of The Voice season 25? Here’s everything to know about Asher HaVon and his budding career.

He is from Selma, Alabama

<p>Griffin Nagel/NBC/Getty</p> Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

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Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

HaVon is a proud Alabama native, having grown up in Selma, and has frequently spoken about how the city has been instrumental in his growth as a person and a performer.

Ahead of the finale, HaVon’s hometown gathered together for a watch party to support him from afar.

“I’m going to participate with my hometown leading up to the watch party in a special way this time around,” HaVon told Selma Sun days before he won the competition. “I’m sending an audio-visual love note personally from me…I love my city so much, and I am thankful that my city loves me right back.”

He sang from an early age

<p>Trae Patton/NBC/Getty</p> Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

Trae Patton/NBC/Getty

Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

Encouraged by his mother, HaVon grew up singing from as young as 5 years old. In elementary school, his teacher, Joslyn Reddick, showed him how to sing in the classroom, and he never looked back, per Selma Sun.

HaVon was raised as a gospel singer in church, which has informed his style today as a pop and R&B musician.

He has performed for President Barack Obama

<p>Trae Patton/NBC/Getty</p> Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

Trae Patton/NBC/Getty

Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

When former President Barack Obama came to Selma for the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march from the city to Montgomery for equal voting rights, HaVon auditioned for a spot in the choir to sing John Legend’s “Glory” from the movie Selma, per his NBC bio.

He was not only admitted to the choir, but was chosen to lead it in front of the 200,000 people gathered there.

“I thought somebody was playing with me,” HaVon told The Selma Times Journal in March 2024. “Singing in front of President Obama is a big deal in our culture. I was nervous until I got on the stage.”

He is unapologetically himself

<p>Trae Patton/NBC/Getty</p> Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

Trae Patton/NBC/Getty

Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

Competing within a group of some of the most talented singers is a challenge for anyone, but HaVon had a secret up his sleeve: committing to authenticity.

"Always being the fullest version of myself when it comes to showing up," HaVon told PEOPLE of what matters most to him as he moved onto the top 9. "A secret that is so loud yet can be looked over all the time."

His goal throughout the season was to just show audiences what he could do vocally, staying true to himself and his skills, he told Parade ahead of the finale.

“You know what? I just want to sing, honey,” he said. “This is called The Voice and I'm going to try to just continue to slay these vocals. I just want to continue to bring the world’s biggest ballads.”

He got close to his coach Reba McEntire

<p>Tyler Golden/NBC/Getty</p> Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

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Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

One of HaVon’s most cherished outcomes of his time on The Voice is his relationship with his country superstar coach. After the first live show of the season, HaVon told PEOPLE that he saw McEntire as another “mother,” having grown up as an only child raised by a single mom.

"She is a mother and she's a mother to all of us,” he said of McEntire’s relationship with her team. “She shares her heart, she shares her wisdom, she shares her experience. She's a solid rock that I don't mind standing on anytime.”

After taking home the win, HaVon told ET that he cried for most of his sessions with McEntire as she mentored him throughout the season.

“Thank you to Mama @Reba,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of himself hugging McEntire as he was proclaimed the winner. “You have changed my life and created a milestone in my life that I will have forever. I am your son for life ❤️.”

His confidence grew after competing on The Voice

<p>Greg Gayne/NBC/Getty</p> Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

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Asher HaVon on 'The Voice'.

Before he joined The Voice, HaVon had not sung for two years and his confidence was at a low. Between the playoffs and the live shows, while he was back home, HaVon told Parade that he frequently checked his email to make sure it was still real since he couldn’t believe he would be back for the top 20.

“I was very uncertain about a lot of things in life including my voice,” he said. “I didn't feel worthy to be here. I thought it was a joke. I thought they felt sorry for me. They heard my sad story and they had me on the show.”

However, getting a three-chair turn was a pivotal moment for HaVon, who said it was the “greatest validation” he’d ever received. He added that when McEntire turned around, he felt “safe” after seeing her “warm” smile.

“So, from Blinds to now, I definitely feel I am where I belong. I have grown in confidence,” HaVon told the outlet. “I've grown believing in myself. I told the producer, ‘I think I've healed on national TV.’ ”

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