A soul-stirring songstress…
Melinda Doolittle is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and an effortless style that compels her audiences to keep listening. Tone deaf as a child, Melinda’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but to instead just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her willful determination and love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot-on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back, and has since gone on to enjoy a successful career as a singer.
Melinda graduated with a Bachelors in Music from Belmont University (Nashville, TN). She became a highly sought-after background vocalist, singing for multiple musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang. Doolittle became a household name in 2007 during Season 6 of American Idol. She came in third place in the voting, with Simon Cowell calling her his “personal favorite,” and quickly became the sweetheart of American Idol, winning over the hearts of fans everywhere with her stunning, powerhouse vocals and personal charm.
In 2009 Doolittle released her debut album Coming Back to You, which garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times, which hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. In 2013, she released her second album You’re The Reason, giving fans yet another opportunity to hear her impeccable vocals while also revealing a bit more of her personality through her music. Between album releases, Doolittle penned her book Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level. In addition to taking on the music and literary scenes, Melinda added to her television resume by becoming the (current) well-loved co-host of TV Line’s Reality Check.
Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere from the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame to The White House, and the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. She has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, Charlotte Symphony and United States Air Force Orchestra, to name a few, and was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. She is currently headlining her own soulful show, Great American Soul Book.
In thankfulness for all she has been given, Doolittle gives back to these amazing organizations: Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, The League, and Malaria No More (Presidential Delegate to Africa).