Melinda Doolittle (American Idol Finalist)
Monday, November 7, 2016 – 7:00 pm
Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. Her debut album, Coming Back to You (2009), garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times which hailed Melinda as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. A powerful Pop vocalist.
MELINDA DOOLITTLE became a household name on season six of American Idol. According to Simon Cowell and audiences alike, Melinda is the “one who should have won.”
In 2013 alone, Melinda was featured on 5 studio albums, including her sophomore release You’re The Reason. Her latest album offers listeners a true glimpse into Doolittle as an Artist, as she wrote and performed half of the songs on the album. Melinda told the Hollywood Reporter that she approached the album “from the aspect of love. It’s what shapes my life daily. I wanted to be transparent and honest.”
Her debut album, Coming Back to You (2009), garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times; which hailed Melinda as one of the most ‘phenomenally gifted’ singers in years. The album recalls the magic and luster of R&B’s classic artists and features production by GRAMMY-nominated producer Mike Mangini. Recorded with the highest caliber musicians from the musical epicenters of Nashville and New York City, Coming Back to You soars as a soul-baring tour de force with Melinda transforming lively soul, jazz, pop and R&B stylings into a definitive collection of songs that urge the listener to come back again and again.
In 2010 Melinda released her inspirational book; Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level, Doolittle recounts the life lessons that have shaped who she is today. Illustrated by poignant, often humorous stories, the lessons and “Mommyisms” provide practical guidance to overcoming personal obstacles and achieving the next level in any area of life. Tone deaf as a child, Melinda’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the 7th grade, and after much practice and prayer, she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot-on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back.
Melinda went on to graduate with a music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and hone her skills as a background singer with the Gospel group Anointed. She eventually carved out a niche in the Nashville music scene, singing background for musical legends such as Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, and Aaron Neville, before finishing third on the sixth season of American Idol.
“Idol was an amazing experience for me,” says Melinda. “I learned so much about myself and made lifelong friendships. It has also provided me with unimaginable opportunities to sing music I love and have a platform to make a difference.”
Since her time on Idol, Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame, from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. She has gone on to share the stage with some of the very artists for whom she sang background as well as music luminaries such as Peter Cetera, Cyndi Lauper, and the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra.
In an evening filled with songs ranging from your favorite American Standards to Top 40 Hits, the Soul Songstress brings her indelible charm and powerhouse vocals to the stage in a show called It Must Be Love. Thrilling audiences of all ages, Doolittle reminds America why they voted for her, and proves that the audience always wins.
“Melinda Doolittle has a stunning voice, an infectious personality and an inviting presence. She lights up a stage!” – Keith Lockhart, Conductor, The Boston Pops
“Ms. Doolittle has a voice that inspires trust… a phenomenally gifted, stylistically adroit singer.” – The New York Times
“Like a young Tina Turner, she can go from a slinky purr to a mighty, gospel charged growl.” – People