(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Feb. 1, 2019) - - - Melinda Doolittle is returning to Columbia State Community College’s First Farmers Performance Series on Feb. 21 to present “Great American Soul Book.”
Doolittle is a soul-stirring songstress. She is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style compelling her audiences to keep listening.
Tone deaf as a child, Doolittle’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 seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back.
Doolittle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from Belmont University. She became a highly sought after background vocalist singing for musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang.
Doolittle became a household name during season six of “American Idol” in 2007. She came in third in the voting, first with Simon Cowell calling her his “personal favorite” and quickly became the sweetheart of “American Idol” winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.
In 2009, Doolittle released her debut album “Coming Back to You” garnering 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 sophomore album “You’re The Reason” giving fans yet another opportunity to hear her impeccable vocals and revealing a bit more of her personality.
According to People Magazine, “Her voice is a slinky purr then a mighty growl that will keep you coming back for more.”
In the middle of her album releases, she penned her book “Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life's Next Level.” Doolittle was also the well-loved co-host of TV Line’s “Reality Check.”
Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to The White House, from the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, Charlotte Symphony and United States Air Force Orchestra to name a few, including a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular.
Tickets are still available for Doolittle’s performance. To charge tickets by phone using a major credit card, call 931.540.2879 or purchase them in person, by visiting Room 113 of the Pryor Administration Building on the Columbia Campus Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Individual adult tickets are $30 each plus tax and student tickets are $20 each plus tax.
On performance nights, the box office opens at 6 p.m. in the Kenneth and Ramona Cherry Theater, located in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia Campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all shows begin at 7 p.m. The Columbia Campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia.
For more information, visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/Performance-Series .
Photo Caption: Melinda Doolittle