Thursday, July 18, 2013

In the Studio With Melinda Doolittle

By Andrew Greer 
July 18, 2013 

Album Title: TBD
Release Date: TBD
Recording Studio: Oak Tree Studios, Hendersonville, TN
Producers: Tre’ Corley
Number of Songs: TBD

Long Time Coming: All this time, I have been blessed to do what I love in my live shows. But it has been a while since I released new music of my own. Simply put, it was time to get back in the studio! –Melinda Doolittle 

Sophomore Songs: Hopefully I have learned what I liked and didn't like with my first CD. So my litmus test for choosing songs on this sophomore record has been finding tunes that are a true representation of who I am. I also took the chance to be a part of the writing process! It's hard work, but extremely rewarding. –M.D. 

Slow and Steady: The songs on this record I helped write have a more current sound. On my previous record we were on a huge deadline, so time was limited. I have taken more time with this CD. My producer was happy to work with me until I had exactly what I was looking for. –M.D. 

Show Time: I love to sing in the dark. When I record a song, I imagine I'm performing it live. I'm intense when I have an audience, but it feels weird when it's just my producer and me. So, I turn off the lights and go to town. I also warm up with the ProVox vocal workout before each session. My vocal coach, Janet Kenyon, developed it and it works wonders vocally. -M.D. - 

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Melinda makes it onto Season 6 of American Idol

It was hard to believe when I found out my high school friend Melinda Doolittle auditioned for American Idol's Sixth Season this year! She was a part of my lunch group when I was a senior, but I only got to hang out with her for a year because she was a sophomore, new to our group (our high school only had sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and then I graduated. But I had some great times with her during that year.

I can attest that Melinda really is a sweetie and has no pretention about her. She liked to sing back then, but I didn't know she would go on to make it a career like this! (After graduating from Union, she went on to get her degree in Commercial Music at Belmont University in Nashville, and has been singing BGV ever since--until now!)

She made it through the Top 3 Finals--Way to go Melinda!! I am so proud of you! Best wishes for your continued music career!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The stars shine at Strathmore

by TSgt Matthew Murray
The USAF Band

5/19/2010 - Bolling AFB, D.C. -- On May 14, The United States Air Force Concert Band, Strings, Airmen of Note, Singing Sergeants and Max Impact joined forces with a host of world-class guest artists at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Md. The performance was the fourth annual concert gala, "America's Veterans--A Musical Tribute."

The event will be featured in an upcoming television broadcast on Veterans Day weekend this November. Guest artists included Lonestar, Melinda Doolittle, Peter Cetera and Blair Underwood. The evening also profiled the lives of veterans who have served in conflicts ranging from World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Country crossover superstars Lonestar were the first featured guest artists, captivating the audience with their hit songs "Everything's Changed," "Amazed" and "I'm Already There." The band's meteoric rise to fame has included a stunning 27 singles on the country charts, nine number one hits and three certified gold and platinum albums.

Melinda Doolittle, who the New York Times has described as a "phenomenally gifted, stylistically adroit ... Gladys Knight-Tina Turner hybrid," started off with a sweeping Motown styled rendition of the Celine Dionne hit "Declaration of Love." She ended her set by demonstrating her stylistic range and versatility with a stage stopping version of George Gershwin's classic, "I've Got Rhythm."

Peter Cetera is a successful solo artist, songwriter, bass guitarist, music producer and a founding member of the acclaimed rock band Chicago. Throughout his career Cetera has performed and recorded countless top 40 singles, including many number one hits. His selections for the evening included pop chart toppers "Glory of Love," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" and "You're the Inspiration."

Grammy Award-winning television and film actor Blair Underwood came on board to narrate a series of musical vignettes profiling the lives of veterans from each branch of the military. The featured veterans were visibly moved by the stirring performance of the orchestra and Mr. Underwood, himself the son of a United States Army Colonel.

To close out the night, The USAF Band and all the featured guest artists joined forces for a climactic finale rendition of "God Bless America," arranged by the Band's own Master Sgt. Alan Baylock.

Now in its fourth year, "America's Veterans--A Musical Tribute" will be broadcast on public television on Veterans Day weekend. To find a local public television station in your area that will televise the event, please check our website.

We will continue to update the broadcast information on our website throughout the summer and fall. Remember to look for "America's Veterans--A Musical Tribute" on public television this November on Veterans Day weekend!
Band performs with award winning guest artists 
The United States Air Force Band performs with “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle, during a dress rehearsal broadcast taping of “America’s Veteran’s – A Musical Tribute” May 13 at the Music Center, Strathmore, Bethesda, Md. Another taping is 8-11 p.m. May 14. The fourth annual broadcast taping features Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Peter Cetera, Melinda Doolittle, the country music group Lonestar, and several Air Force Band performing groups. Award-winning actor Blair Underwood narrates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Thomas Dennis)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Melinda Doolittle releases new book, 'Beyond Me,' in May

Melinda DoolittleAmerican Idol alum and Brentwood resident Melinda Doolittle shares stories and success secrets in her new book, Beyond Me, which hits shelves on May 4.

In Beyond Me, Doolittle looks at her experiences on Idol and in her life as the child of a single mother to help the reader achieve their own goals.

“I haven’t just sat back and let life throw at me whatever it will," she explains in a press release.
"Instead—and this has been key—I’ve always worked to find my way to life’s next level.”

For more information on Beyond Me, head to the book's official site, or check out the EPK after the jump.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Melinda Joins Musicians to Support Haiti

(NASHVILLE, TENN.) January 28, 2010 - Yesterday at Belmont University's Ocean Way Studios, multi-platinum, GRAMMY and Dove Award winning artist, Michael W. Smith gathered a who's-who list from the music community to record "Come Together Now." The song, penned by Smith, David Mullen and Cindy Morgan - and produced by Bryan Lenox - was written to remind people of the need to help those in Haiti.

"The crisis in Haiti has left us all trying to figure out how we can help," shares Smith. "We wanted to create something that the community could support, for the greater good of those in Haiti. Everyone gave of their time: the studio was donated, the musicians donated their time and all proceeds from this song will go to designated charity/relief work through The American Red Cross and Samaritan's Purse. It's incredible to be part of something that is going to help so many people."

In addition to lending their voices in song, several artists also recorded PSA's for The American Red Cross and Samaritan's Purse for use in upcoming months.

Contributing artists include: Aaron Shust, Alathea, Amber Hezlep, Anthony Moreino, Anthony Skinner, Ashley Cleveland, Austins Bridge, B. Reith, Brady Toops, Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole, Byron Chambers, Calvin Nowell, Charmaine, Chris McClarney, Chris Sligh, Chuck Girard, Dana Jorgensen, Darwin Hobbs, David Mullen, Don Poythress, Donovan Tea, Dorothy Savage, Duane Allen, Echoing Angels, Everlife, Francesca Battistelli, Greg Jennings, Hillary McBride, Jaime Jamgochian, Jared Anderson, Jasmine Sagginario, Jason Baird, Jason Dunn, Jimmie Allen, Jody Davis, John Ford Coley, John Schlitt, Joseph Martino, Julia Ross, Justin Rivers, Kate Lazar, Kate Schettler, The Katinas, Kevin Max, Kirk Sullivan, Lara Landon, Lanae Hale, Lannie Anderson, Lee Greenwood, Mandisa, Manic Drive, Margaret Becker, Mark Hall and Megan Garrett of Casting Crowns, Matt Dowley, Matthew West, Matt Maher, Melinda Doolittle, Meredith Andrews, Michael Cavallo, Michael Olson, Michael Tait, Michael Tash, MIKESCHAIR, Mike Weaver, Natalie Grant, Nicole C. Mullen, The Oak Ridge Boys, Paige Armstrong, Phil Stacey, Point of Grace, PureNRG, Rachael Lampa, Rachel B. James, Reco Hight, Restless Heart, Ruben Mundo, Russ Mohr, Sarah Ross, Sarah Sadler, Selah, Shannon Cochran, Shawn Cavallo, Stephanie Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Terrence James, TobyMac, Tommy Coomes, Travis Cottrell, Trey Heffinger, Wynonna, and Yellow Cavalier. (Artist list subject to change.

The song will be made available for sale soon, with all proceeds going to benefit relief efforts to Haiti. More details on the song's release date are forthcoming.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dallas Morning News rates Melinda's album #3 for 2009!

Year in Review: top 10 albums and concerts

12:00 AM CST on Monday, December 28, 2009

Music Critic 


3.  Melinda Doolittle, Coming Back to You (Hi Fi Recordings): What's so great about Melinda Doolittle? She's real. She's soulful. She's grown up. Put that together and you get a gloriously old-school R&B album that was all but criminally ignored. Somebody give her the attention she deserves.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Melinda at Feinstein's in NYC!

Season 6 Idol, Melinda Doolittle sings “Home” at Feinstein’s in New York City for the True Colors cabaret in September 2009.

If you missed her September performance, mark your calender–Melinda will be performing at Feinstein’s again, November 17th through the 21st. For more information, check out the Feinstein’s website.

November 21, 2009
Music Review | Melinda Doolittle

A Survivor of ‘Idol’ With Heart

The former “American Idol” contestant Melinda Doolittle, who finished third on Season 6, knows who she is and what she wants. “In my heart of hearts, I want to be Clair Huxtable” (on “The Cosby Show”) she declared on Thursday evening at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, where she is appearing through Saturday. The man of her dreams, she added, would be someone like Bill Cosby’s character, Cliff.

The sweetness and honesty Ms. Doolittle puts into such statements are the same endearing qualities she conveyed on “American Idol,” a contest in which glamour, flowery vocal embellishments and youth (Ms. Doolittle, now 32, was older than most of her competitors) often trump unaffectedness.

Ms. Doolittle’s traditional pop-soul style, which eschews the Whitney-Mariah-Christina syndrome of melismatic preening, wasn’t flashy enough to land her in first place, although many, including this critic, found her to be the best singer in the 2007 sweepstakes. More than anyone, she suggests a next-generation Gladys Knight with shades of Tina Turner. When she sings, you think first of church, family and home cooking.

Accompanied on piano by Raymond Angry, Ms. Doolittle made do with less, filling in the gaps with strong pop-gospel renditions of everything from the Gershwins (“I Got Rhythm,” for which Mr. Angry supplied buoyant stride piano) to the Bee Gees (“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?”).

The show’s concept explored what she called “the good, the bad and the ugly” of love. The bad was epitomized by Dave Frishberg’s nastily amusing comic monologue “Peel Me a Grape,” in which an entitled gold digger and possible dominatrix issues a list of demands (“Don’t try to fool me bejewel me/either amuse me or lose me”); she emphasized the comedy.

The song that best defined Ms. Doolittle on “American Idol,” “Home” (from “The Wiz”), brought a standing ovation on Thursday. Ms. Doolittle infused it with faith and heart, building it to a final assertion of self-knowledge and self-reliance and turning a good song into a great one.

Melinda Doolittle performs through Saturday at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue, at 61st Street; (212) 339-4095,

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Melinda Visits Our Old Stomping Grounds!

Stretching out

by: MATT GLEASON World Scene Writer
Sunday, August 30, 2009
8/30/2009 4:11:41 AM

Soon, "American Idol" favorite Melinda Doolittle will return to Union High to sing the national anthem for her alma mater as its football team battles visiting rival Broken Arrow High.

During halftime Friday night, Union's former mascot will have the faithful swaying to her soulful "Declaration of Love," complete with Union dancers.

Since graduating from Union, Doolittle has transformed herself from a shy background singer in Nashville to an R&B and gospel star.

Although Jordin Sparks won the 2007 Idol season, Doolittle's fans knew she had much in store for the future. They were right.

This February, Doolittle released her debut album, "Coming Back to You." Entertainment Weekly gave it a B-plus and said, "Doolittle channels Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin over live-band arrangements that feel fresh-faced and old-school at the same time."

Beyond music, Doolittle accompanied then-first lady Laura Bush to Zambia in 2007. The pair raised awareness about Malaria No More, which battles a preventable disease that claims approximately 1 million lives every year.

While in Tulsa for the football game, Doolittle plans to speak with students at Union High and McAuliffe Elementary School, where she attended the sixth grade. Doolittle's full speaking schedule has not been confirmed.

Doolittle said in a recent telephone interview, "I'm like, 'Can I just hit every place that I went, so I can say hello and thank you?' "

A reception is planned at Union before the football game.

In advance of her visit to Tulsa, Doolittle, who lives in Franklin, Tenn., answered a few questions.

Tulsa World: Whose idea was it for you to sing the national anthem at the Union game?

Doolittle: They approached me Obviously, I absolutely love my high school and Tulsa. I was looking for a wonderful reason to come back. It was so perfect. I'm really excited. Once they said we would have dancers, I was like, 'Oh, definitely 'Declaration of Love.' That's my dance anthem, if I could dance, but I can't. I'm clumsy, so I'll stand in place and let them dance.

As Union's American Indian mascot, what do you remember about the football rivalry between Union and Broken Arrow?

Oh man, all I know is we always want to beat Broken Arrow and Jenks. For me, those were the ones where I was like, 'Oh, we're going to take them down.'

What are some of the most important lessons you want to convey to students you meet?

For me, my motto is to dream big, so definitely dream big and then prepare yourself. Once you dream big, you need to be prepared for the doors that could open because of your dreams, and because of the work you've put in.

What's the No. 1 question students ask you?

Normally, they're just like, 'How do I do what you do?' or 'What's Simon really like?' I tell them, 'Dream big and pray hard.' There's definitely a lot of prayer that goes into it, a lot of just going out for things and not always looking for 'Do I get paid to do this? or 'What's in it for me?'

Then I tell them, 'Simon's a teddy bear.' He's the same offstage as he is onstage, but when you get to know his heart, you realize it's coming from an amazing place. I call him my teddy bear.

While you're in Tulsa, what are some of the fast-food joints or restaurants that you can't wait to eat at again?

Is Zio's still there? They have this Oreo dessert. It's ice cream and cookies. And I want Braum's. I like the butter-pecan mix. I like sweets. I'm sure I should be naming actual food, but (she giggled.) Gosh, I haven't had Mazzio's pizza in forever.

Who are you looking forward to seeing while you're in Tulsa?

I'm really excited. I get to see my pastor from Rhema Bible Chuch, Pastor (Kenneth) Hagin, his wife and their kids. And my best friends Tiffany and Amber, who were very instrumental when I was on Idol. They were just huge supports. Hopefully, a few more friends and their parents.

Everyone has babies now, except for me, so I will live vicariously through them.

American Idol winner David Cook lived in Tulsa for a few years, have you gotten a chance to talk to him?

I'm such a huge David Cook fan. I think he's fabulous. I just joined his Twitter, because he just opened up. I met him when we were in Disney World opening up the American Idol Experience there.

My first experience with David Cook was I just rode the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster five times, and he was like, 'Well, then I'm going to beat you.' The next thing I knew was he said, 'Six, baby.' I was like, 'Man!' He's such a sweetheart and has always been so wonderful to me. That's a little Tulsa coming out.

Since American Idol, what is one of the best ways that your life has changed?

I think the biggest thing for me has been getting involved with Malaria No More. I've been to Africa twice because of it. I've been to the White House, been able to sing there, and travel with Mrs. Bush, and be a presidential delegate to Africa all because of such a wonderful organization. And we're saving lives daily for a $10 mosquito bed net.

Obviously, I love to sing and I can't believe this is what I get to do, but to have a platform to be able to do something even bigger is amazing.

What do you miss about your pre-Idol life?

I don't know, sanity and sleep are huge ones for me. I'm very much a tomboy, so I miss my tennis shoes and the days where I had no idea what kind of makeup I wore, or what designer made those clothes. It's definitely been a stretch for me, but it's been a welcome stretch. We've had fun with it.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Melinda's "It's Your Love" Gets Remix Treatment

Hi Fi Recording artist, American Idol favorite, critically lauded R&B vocalist, Melinda Doolittle’s soulful, “It’s Your Love,” is headed straight to the dance floor with three distinct mixes from producers Jason Nevins, Mike Rizzo, and Smashmode available now exclusively on iTunes.

Like every song on her debut solo album, COMING BACK TO YOU, “It’s Your Love” is a bold, belting number. For the brand-new iTunes remixes of the song, three of the hottest remixers/DJs in the world, Jason Nevins, Mike Rizzo, and Smashmode have reworked the soulful and moving “It’s Your Love” into a pulsating, dance-friendly club anthem.

"I am so excited to re-introduce one of my favorite songs from the album in a whole new way,” says Doolittle. “I personally LOVE to dance, but regardless of your skill on the floor, it’s all about having fun and this song makes everybody move!"

The EP features three club versions of each track, three radio remixes and a free bonus copy of the song’s original music video. The Jason Nevins remix will go to radio at the end of July and become available via other digital retailers at that time.

With production by Grammy-nominated producer Mike Mangini (Joss Stone, The Jonas Brothers), Melinda’s debut solo album COMING BACK TO YOU, released earlier this year, is an R&B tour de force that combines the electricity of Tina Turner’s early years with the slick production and lush instrumentation of today’s pop-soul renaissance.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Melinda Doolittle: Back to Basics - Interview with CCM Mag

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Melinda Doolittle: Back to Basics

By Andree Farias

Melinda Doolittle has come a long way. You’d never know it if she didn’t tell you, but she was actually tone deaf growing up—she often barely made it through choir auditions. Today, Doolittle is one of the most beloved finalists to ever grace the “American Idolstage, finishing in third place during the fifth season of the famed talent search, yet raking in more raves than the winner and runner-up combined—from Simon himself all the way to The New York Times, which once called her “phenomenally gifted.” In this conversation, Doolittle gets candid about her favorite “Idol” memories, her growth as a singer and her fantastic debut album, Coming Back to You (Hi Fi/EMI).

CCM: Pre-“American Idol,” you did a lot of backup singing for the likes of Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville and BeBe & CeCe Winans. Did you always think that one day you would move from the back of the stage to the front?

Melinda Doolittle: Actually, I didn’t. I loved singing backup. One of my favorite groups to sing for was Anointed, and I was with them for five years. They were like family to me. And I loved what I did. I was very, very comfortable with it. Really, the plan to step out to the front was one of the plans that God had for me. The rest is history—I’m so honored to have done what I was able to do.

CCM: I’m sure there are tons of memorable moments from your “Idol”run. If you had to pick your favorite one, what would it be?

Doolittle: One of my favorite moments was [when] we would get so nervous. Jordan [Sparks, Season 5 winner] and I got really, really close, and we would pray together before we went onstage, just so that we could get over our nerves. I know I couldn’t have made it through the process without her.

CCM: You did phenomenally well on “Idol.” All the judges, especially Simon, have been vocal about the fact that you should’ve won the competition. After all that momentum, how did it feel to finish in third place? Were you upset?

Doolittle: You know, I really feel like God has a plan for all of us. In my head, seeing what happened afterwards, I really feel like in that show everyone can come out a winner. There are so many wonderful doors that have opened. I’m proud of [runner-up] Blake Lewis and what he’s done. I’m proud of Jordan and what she’s been able to do. I think that’s the coolest part of “American Idol”—doors have opened for all of us.

CCM: Speaking of glowing reviews, the press has also been almost unanimous about your vocal talent, with The New York Times calling you “phenomenally gifted.” As a Christian, how do you handle all that attention? Does it ever go to your head?

Doolittle: The thing that I had to remember was that, leading up to 7th grade, I was tone deaf. I wouldn’t get made fun of, but I’d go to these auditions, and the people auditioning me would say, “I like the spirit behind it, so we’re going to put you in there. Just make sure you don’t sing out loud!” And that’s kind of the thing I grew up with. I would tell my mom, “I love music; I want to sing,” and she’d tell me, “You’re going to have to pray; it’s not there yet.”

I really prayed about it because it was something I wanted to do so badly. So the fact that that’s what I do now, I know it’s not a “me” thing; it’s a God thing. That’s why I have an opportunity. People love what they hear, and that’s such a great honor; and I’m very, very grateful for that. But I always know that it’s God that got me through.

CCM: You have strong ties to Christian music, having performed with the likes of Michael W. Smith and sharing managers with Amy Grant. Why not go the “ccm” or gospel route?

Doolittle: I always loved all kinds of music. I grew up listening to Motown—that retro-soul sound—blues, jazz, “ccm,” gospel, all different kinds. What I’m excited about on my new album is that I think it encompasses all of that. What’s most exciting to me is that I’m able to go back to the roots of what I grew up with.

CCM: Coming Back to You is strictly soul and classic R&B. What kind of feedback have you received from your faith-based audience thus far? Do they “get” where you're coming from?

Doolittle: I have had amazing feedback from the faith-based audience. The main thing I hear is, “Thank you for staying true to yourself.” I think most people who listen to the CD get a chance to hear my heart all the way through, whether I talk about life, love or my faith, as I do in the songs “I Will Be” and “We Will Find a Way.”

CCM: You’ve always been very vocal about your faith. Have you found yourself “toning it down,” so to speak, especially around mainstream fans?

Doolittle: I am who I am. I love to sing. I love when I get a chance to do what I do. I love God. And that is a part of who I am. I don’t want to change who I am. I don’t want to make it any different than it has been all along. The coolest part about it is that me just being me has really opened the door for me to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life.

CCM: Changing the subject, what do you think of the current season of “American Idol”? Are you following it? Any favorites or dark horses you're rooting for?

Doolittle: I love “American Idol.” I think it’s an amazing show, and I’m so grateful for it; so of course I am keeping up! I love Allison—she is phenomenal!

For more info on Melinda Doolittle and her new record, Coming Back to You, visit

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Melinda Doolittle to perform in DC!

Melinda will be coming to my stomping grounds and perform in Washington at the Kennedy Center to perform for wounded military.

Melinda Doolittle's Upcoming Performance

Season 6's Top 3 finalist, Melinda Doolittle, will appear at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on Monday, June 8, 2009, at 8:00P for an all-star evening of music hosted by Amy Grant and Vince Gill. The event is being held to honor wounded warriors and launch the nationwide Challenge America initiative. Challenge America will work with communities across America to support the development of recreational and occupational programs for returning injured military personnel and their families. Doolittle will appear with other special musical guests including Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Darius Rucker, and Mac McAnally.

Three months ago, Melinda released her debut CD, "Coming Back to You." She has performed for former President Bush and has done charity work in Africa with former First Lady Laura Bush.

Melinda made a big transformation during her many weeks on American Idol. Check it out here.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Melinda's Debut Album is Released!

Melinda's first album is released today, February 3rd, 2009, entitled "Coming Back to You."
You can buy the album here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Melinda Kicks Off the "Rock the Vote" Tour

Rock the Vote kicks off Road Trip in Nashville with Melinda Doolittle, others


Youth-focused voter registration/education organization Rock the Vote takes its agenda on the road this month with "The Road Trip '08," which kicks off here in Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 13 with American Idol alum Melinda Doolittle, at Belmont University.

Doolittle will be joined by a group of other local musicians to be announced, along with, RTV's press folks say, "guest speakers from the areas of politics, sports, film and TV to spread the word."

That word is the importance of registering to vote, and to that end, the organization will bring along a Road Trip tour bus stocked with computer kiosks that'll offer attendees the chance to register and learn about the election. The bus' colorful design came via artist Shepard Fairey, whose “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” campaign earned its share of youthful fans.

More information (and downloadable voter registration forms, among other bits of election info) can be found on Rock the Vote's website,

Full Road Trip '08 city itinerary:
September 13 - Nashville, TN
September 15 – Blacksburg, VA
September 16 – Richmond, VA
September 18 & 19 - Philadelphia, PA
September 20 – State College, PA
September 21 - Pittsburgh, PA
September 24 - Akron, OH
September 25 - Cleveland, OH
September 26 - Kent, OH
September 27 - Columbus, OH
September 28 - Cincinnati, OH
September 30 - Bloomington, IN
October 2 - St. Louis, MO
October 4 – Iowa City, IA
October 6 - Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Melinda Appears on the "Billy: The Early Years" Soundtrack with Michael W. Smith

According to the Belmont Alumni news page, Melinda is one of the various artists featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming Billy Graham biopic, called "Billy: The Early Years." You can purchase it here, to be released October 7th.

August 26, 2008

Alumni Featured on Billy Graham Movie Soundtrack

According to Beverly Keel's column in Tuesday's Tennessean, three Belmont alumni will be featured on a soundtrack inspired by the upcoming film Billy: The Early Years, an Oct. 10 movie release that chronicles the life of Rev. Billy Graham. The soundtrack, which releases Oct. 7, includes the song "Almost Persuaded" by Josh Turner as well as a track by Brad Paisley. Alumna and "American Idol" finalist Melinda Doolittle also offers a duet with Michael W. Smith on the Craig Wiseman tune "Amazing Love."

The Billy Graham movie premieres on October 1oth. See the trailer below.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Melinda Signs Her Record Label with Fall Album Due

Entertainment Weekly reports that former American Idol finalist and Brentwood resident Melinda Doolittle has signed a deal with independent label Hi Fi Recordings and will release an album this fall.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Melinda Sings on Today Show Wedding

If you followed the wedding of Darnell and LaDonna Suggs' wedding on The Today Show, you'll be familiar with Melinda's singing at their wedding. Not only was she a surprise guest, she is also cousin to LaDonna, an additional impact to the surprise. Here are Melinda's performances:

"Never Felt This Way"

"Love You I Do"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Melinda (and Chris) sponsors Edy's Slow Churned Idol Ice Cream

Sampling A Scoop Of Hollywood Fun

(NAPSI)-If you watch reality TV, you know that Americans love to pick a winner--and now there's a chance to choose from five delicious new contestants.

That's because a favorite brand of light ice cream has introduced its second-season lineup of "American Idol" light ice cream flavors. Ice cream lovers can sample this year's hopefuls and cast a vote for their favorite flavor--offering a scoop of Hollywood fun for the entire family.

These Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned light ice cream flavors will have a sweet opportunity to shine in the spotlight while dishing up their individual personalities:

Cheesecake Diva: This delightful diva may catch your eye with its creamy, luxurious cheesecake light ice cream that commands the spotlight with decadent brownie bites and an entourage of fudge swirls.

Cookies 'n Dreamz: The stuff that dreamz are made of--down-home chocolate light ice cream filled with crunchy pieces of chocolate cookie.

Mint Karaoke Cookie: Who's that dreamboat on stage? Here's an undiscovered star who's ready for prime time: a cool-headed mint light ice cream with a crescendo of chocolate cookies.

Most Orange-inal: This mix-master performs with genuine freshness and flair. Creamy vanilla light ice cream blended with swirls of refreshing orange sorbet creates a sensational new beat.

One Split Wonder: Flash in the carton or here to stay? This flavor hits the stage with rich banana light ice cream swirling with fruit and gooey fudge.

Ice cream lovers and "Idol" fanatics can cast votes for their favorite flavors at until May 31. The winning flavor will earn a permanent spot in the Slow Churned light ice cream lineup. Fans who cast a vote before April 29, 2008 will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the "American Idol" finale and other cool prizes.

To celebrate the new flavors, the show's Season Six finalists Melinda Doolittle and Chris Richardson will be hitting the road on a 20-city U.S. tour, performing and meeting fans.

To locate stores that carry the new flavors, visit Dreyer's/Edy's Flavor Finder at But hurry, because these popular flavors may disappear faster than the Idols voted off last week.

"American Idol" finalist Melinda Doolittle wants you to vote. Is it luxurious Cheesecake Diva or dreamy Mint Karaoke Cookie?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Melinda Hosts"Christmas at Belmont," Her Alma Mater

Melinda Doolittle to Host 2007 ‘Christmas at Belmont’

In a media gathering Thursday morning on the fourth floor of Belmont's Inman Center, College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Cynthia Curtis and alumna Melinda Doolittle (’99) jointly announced that Melinda will host the 2007 "Christmas at Belmont" concert, which will be taped live next month. The special will air nationally on PBS Mon., Dec. 24, at 10 p.m. EST after its local premiere on Nashville Public Television (NPT) Thurs., Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. CST. Doolittle was a top finalist on the sixth season of “American Idol,” where she won the hearts and votes of millions of Americans and gathered legions of devoted fans.

Reflecting on her time as a Belmont student, Doolittle said, "I have a lot of wonderful memories from performing at Belmont. I was a part of Belmont Pops, University Chorus, Jazzmin, and Chadasha so I've been performing here for the longest time, even at the Commercial Music showcase. I'm really, really excited to be coming back for 'Christmas at Belmont,' to be given another chance to perform and also to host."

Belmont President Bob Fisher said, "We have a world-class School of Music, and we are delighted that we can bring our students and faculty to national prominence. We are thrilled to welcome Melinda Doolittle back home to Belmont and are grateful to her for hosting 'Christmas at Belmont' and providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our School of Music students to perform with such a talented singer and inspiration. We’re pleased to be partnering again with NPT to produce this signature holiday event for a national and local audience.”

"Christmas at Belmont," a production of NPT with funding from the Beaman Family Foundation and the Jack C. Massey Foundation, will be broadcast this year for the first time from the illustrious Schermerhorn Symphony Center, adding to the grandeur of the signature holiday event in Music City. The concert features a collage of familiar carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join with School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present the annual holiday production.

Dean Curtis noted, "We are just incredibly pleased and excited to have Melinda hosting our 'Christmas at Belmont' this year. For those of us around Belmont who've known Melinda since she was a freshman, she has always been a complete pleasure to work with. What we saw as she participated in the 'American Idol' process is really who she is: she's very humble and yet very talented as a musician and performer."

Doolittle will return to familiar territory as she takes to the "Christmas at Belmont" stage with students and faculty, but in her first ever role as host. Doolittle graduated from Belmont in 1999 with a degree in commercial voice and began her professional singing career as a backup singer for acts such as BeBe and CeCe Winans, Michael McDonald, Kirk Franklin, Aaron Neville, Alabama, Jonny Lang and Anointed. Doolittle emerged from the background to headliner after her successful run on the sixth season of TV juggernaut "American Idol." Since her run on the show, Doolittle performed in the American Idol national tour and has been preparing for her debut album.

Doolittle, who is is taking over hosting duties from fellow School of Music alumnus and country star Josh Turner (’01), said, "Belmont really prepared me for the musical side of things, finding my style and getting used to who I am musically, as well as for the business side, to understand what I was looking at when someone set a contract in front of me. Belmont has been a huge preparation for me."

Another first for the 2007 Christmas at Belmont production is its relocation to the grand Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. Opened in 2006, the Schermerhorn is one of few venues in the world featuring natural lighting and state-of-the-art acoustics, including motorized acoustic drapes and an acoustical isolation joint that encircles the entire concert hall and prevents sound waves traveling into or out of the hall.

"Our partnership with Belmont University to produce this Christmas special for PBS will bring the musical assets of one of Nashville's premier educational institutions in a prestigious concert hall to a national audience," Beth Curley, Nashville Public Television President and CEO, said. "PBS programming is aired on the nation's 349 public television stations, which means that millions of Americans will have the opportunity to continue to enjoy this beloved holiday tradition from Music City."

'Christmas at Belmont' Showcases Belmont's Musical Talent

From the first notes of "Festival Fanfare of Christmas" to the parting strains of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the 2007 "Christmas at Belmont" holiday concert again provided undeniable proof of Belmont School of Music students' talent.

Taped live in front of a full house Monday night in the Laura Turner Concert Hall of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the annual performance featured Belmont alumnus Melinda Doolittle ('99) as host for the evening, and she also performed four selections, including "Some Children See Him" with the Nashville Children's Choir and "Joy to the World" with the combined choirs, University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Sextet.

The taped special will air nationally on PBS Mon., Dec. 24, at 9 p.m. Central after its local premiere on Nashville Public Television (NPT) Thurs., Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. Central. The television production was made possible by generous gifts from The Beaman Family Foundation and The Jack C. Massey Foundation.

Some of Melinda's Performances:

Christmas Time is Here

Joy To the World

Some Children See Him

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Melinda Tours on Michael W. Smith's Christmas Tour 2007

American Idol Finalist to Tour With Michael W. Smith


American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle will be hitting the road this winter with Michael W Smith and The Katinas for the ‘It’s A Wonderful Christmas’ tour.

Doolittle is most recently known for her impressive performances on this year’s American Idol competition.

The tour, which kicks off 29 November and wraps up 22 December, will feature songs from Smith’s third Christmas release and twentieth album, It’s A Wonderful Christmas. The album debuts 16 October.

Smith recorded the album in London's famous Abbey Road Studios in May with a 67-piece symphony before the music was arranged by David Hamilton. He says the music is "epic, symphonic and cinematic".

Smith originally intended to record a classic Christmas album, but when he got into the studio, he was allegedly struck with a ‘rush of inspiration’ and wrote several pieces of original music.

The album will feature three choirs, one being The Choristers of Reigate St Mary's, a London based boy’s choir directed by John Tobin and featuring 16 members in ages ranging from eight to 12 years.


See one of Melinda's performances below:

Friday, July 6, 2007

Melinda Sings on American Idol Tour 2007

Friday, July 6
BankAtlantic Center
Sunrise, FL

Saturday, July 7
St. Pete Times Forum
Tampa, FL

Sunday, July 8
Jacksonville Vet. Mem. Arena
Jacksonville, FL

Tuesday, July 10
BiLo Center
Greenville, SC

Wednesday, July 11
Nashville Arena
Nashville, TN

Thursday, July 12
BJCC Arena
Birmingham, AL

Friday, July 13
North Little Rock, AR

Sunday, July 15
Toyota Center
Houston, TX

Monday, July 16
AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX

Wednesday, July 18 Arena
Glendale, AZ

Thursday, July 19
San Diego Sports Arena
San Diego, CA

Friday, July 20
SaveMart Center
Fresno, CA

Sunday, July 22
Honda Center
Anaheim, CA (Tickets available Sunday, May 20 at 12PM)

Monday, July 23
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA (Tickets available Sunday, May 20 at 12PM)

Tuesday, July 24
HP Pavilion at San Jose
San Jose, CA

Wednesday, July 25
ARCO Arena
Sacramento, CA

Friday, July 27
Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, WA

Saturday, July 28
Rose Garden
Portland, OR

Monday, July 30
The Idaho Center
Nampa, ID

Tuesday, July 31
Energy Solutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT

Friday, August 3
Qwest Center
Omaha, NE

Saturday, August 4
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN

Sunday, August 5
Bradley Center
Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday, August 7
Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL

Wednesday, August 8
MARK of the Quad Cities
Moline, IL

Thursday, August 9
Scottrade Center
St. Louis, MO

Saturday, August 11
Schottenstein Center
Columbus, OH

Sunday, August 12
Palace at Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI

Monday, August 13
Wolstein Center
Cleveland, OH

Tuesday, August 14
Air Canada Centre Fri, May 18 10am
Toronto, ON (Tickets available Friday, May 18 at 10AM)

Thursday, August 16
Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis, IN

Friday, August 17
Kentucky State Fair
Louisville, KY

Saturday, August 18
Missouri State Fair
Sedalia, MO

Sunday, August 19
Iowa State Fair
Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, August 22
Mellon Arena
Pittsburgh, PA

Thursday, August 23
BlueCross Arena
Rochester, NY

Friday, August 24
Nassau Coliseum
Long Island, NY

Monday, August 27
Hartford Civic Center
Hartford, CT

Tuesday, August 28
Continental Airlines Arena
E. Rutherford, NJ

Thursday, August 30
Times Union Center
Albany, NY

Saturday, September 1
Allentown Fair
Allentown, PA

Sunday, September 2
New York State Fair
Syracuse, NY

Tuesday, September 4
Cumberland County Civic Center
Portland, ME

Wednesday, September 5
DCU Center
Worcester, MA

Friday, September 7
Wachovia Center
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, September 8
Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ

Sunday, September 9
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 11
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC

Wednesday, September 12
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Duluth, GA

Thursday, September 13
Memphis, TN

Saturday, September 15
Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Huntington, WV

Sunday, September 16
John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA

Tuesday, September 18
Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA

Wednesday, September 19
1st Mariner Arena
Baltimore, MD

Thursday, September 20
Arena at Harbor Yard
Bridgeport, CT

Saturday, September 22
Verizon Wireless Arena
Manchester, NH

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Melinda's American Idol Complete Performance Video Anthology

Watch a complete compilation of all of her performances and interviews together below:

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Melinda Performs with the Winans during the Finale

Melinda sings "Hold up the Light" with Bebe and Cece Winans, the gospel sibling duo for whom she used to sing backup, now singing lead with them.

Ryan Seacrest interviews Melinda after placing third

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Melinda's Top 3 Performances - Various Choice Week

5/15/07: Melinda performs 3 songs:

Judge's Choice (Randy Jackson): "I Believe in You and Me" by Whitney Houston

Producer's Choice: "Nutbush City Limits" by Ike and Tina Turner

Contestant's Choice: "I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee

5/16/07: Melinda is voted off of American Idol - does not advance to the Finale

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Melinda's Top 4 Finalist Interview

Melinda's Top 4 Performances - Barry Gibb/BeeGees Week

5/8/07: Melinda sings "Love You Inside Out" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by the BeeGee's for Barry Gibb/Disco Week

5/9/07: Voted into the Top 3 Finals

Friday, May 4, 2007

Melinda goes back for a home visit

Melinda gets to go back home to Brentwood/Nashville, TN to her alma mater, Belmont University, among other stops.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Melinda's Top 6 Performances - Inspirational and Rock Weeks

The Top 6 Finalists stayed around for two weeks, since the charity "Idol Gives Back" aired during the Top 6 performances and no one was eliminated that week. Two contestants were eliminated during the second week of the Top 6 performing instead.

4/24/07: Performs "There Will Come a Day" by Faith Hill for Idol Gives Back/Inspirational Week

4/25/07: Stays in Top 6 Competition (no eliminations this week)

5/1/07: Melinda sings "Have a Nice Day" by Bon Jovi for Bon Jovi/Rock week

5/2/07: Continues into the Top 4 Finals (2 eliminations this week)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Melinda's Top 7 Performance - Martina McBride/Country Week

4/17/07: Performs "Trouble is a Woman" by Julie Reeves for Martina McBride/Country Week

4/18/07: Voted into the Top 6 Finals

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Melinda's Top 8 Performance - J.Lo/Latin Week

4/10/07: Sings "Sway" by Jennifer Lopez for the J.Lo/Latin Week in the Final 8 Competition

4/11/07: Moves into the Top 7 Finals

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Melinda's Top 9 Performance - Tony Bennett/Swing Week

4/03/07: Sings "I Got Rhythm" for Tony Bennett/Swing Week in the Final 9 Competition

4/04/07: Voted into the Top 8 Finals

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Melinda's Top 10 Performance - Gwen Stefani Week

3/27/07: Performs "Heaven Knows" by Donna Summer for Gwen Stefani week in the Top 10 Competiton

3/28/07: Moves on into the Top 9 Competition

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Melinda's Top 11 Performance - British Invasion Week

3/20/07: Performs "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver! for the British Invasion week in the Top 11 Competition

3/21/07: Continues into the Top 10 Finals

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Melinda's Top 12 Performance - Diana Ross Week

3/13/07: Performs "Home" from The Wiz for the Diana Ross week in the Top 12 Competition

3/14/07: Continues into the Top 11 Finals

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Melinda's Top 16 Performance

3/07/07: Melinda performs "I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee in the Top 16 Competition

3/08/07: She is voted into the Top 12 Contestants

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Melinda's Top 20 Performance

2/28/07: Performs "My Funny Valentine" by Frank Sinatra in the Top 20 Competition

3/01/07: Voted to advance to the Top 16 Contestants

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Melinda's Top 24 Performance

2/20/07: Melinda performs "Since You've Been Gone" by Aretha Franklin.

2/21/07: She is voted to go on to the Top 20 Contestants!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hollywood Week: Melinda makes it forward to the Top 24 Finalists

Melinda finds out that the judges unanimously voted for her to continue in the Top 24 Contestants.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Melinda tries out for American Idol in Memphis

1/24/07: Melinda Auditions for American Idol in Memphis, singing "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder. The judges loved her and she wins the Golden Ticket to Hollywood!