Melinda Doolittle

Melinda Doolittle stole the hearts of America as she humbly ascended to a third place finish on season six of American Idol. She continues to thrill with her debut album, Coming Back To You.

Garnering rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times which hailed Melinda as one of the most 'phenomenally gifted' in years, Coming Back to You, is a torch-passing musical revelation worthy of the R&B immortals - Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner – with Melinda emerging as our most authentic new ambassador of R&B.


Raised in St. Louis, MO and Tulsa, OK, Melinda first studied music at the University of Tulsa and then continued her studies at Belmont University in the storied music citadel of Nashville. She would eventually perfect her craft as a back-up singer for stars such as Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville, CeCe Winans and Gospel group Anointed, slowly building the necessary vocal confidence to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Since her time on Idol and her transition into the spotlight, Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere with her ‘big voice’ and ‘soulful’ performances, from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame, from the Kennedy Center to the Today Show.

Only her spirit outshines her musical accomplishments, as she dedicates much of her time to working with numerous charities, especially those that center on improving the lives of children; including the Boys & Girls Club of America, Ronald McDonald House, and The League, which promotes involvement in community service among children. She has also worked extensively with Malaria No More, traveling to Africa twice, once as a presidential delegate and once with former First Lady Laura Bush, bringing awareness to the preventable disease that takes the lives of over 1 million children under the age of five, every year.

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