Best known to millions of TV viewers as a top four finalist during the 2007 season of “American Idol,” LaKisha Jones is ready to reclaim center stage in music, theater and television. Her last album, “So Glad I’m Me” was full of Jones’ expressive, full-bodied and arresting vocals, the same voice that electrified “American Idol” viewers with the “Dreamgirls” showstopper “And I Am Telling You” and later the Broadway stage in the Oprah Winfrey produced, Tony Award-winning musical, “The Color Purple.” She has worked with many hit-making songwriters and producers, including Tony Nicholas , Ro & Sauce, and Greg Curtis. Her drive and motivation dates back to her childhood in Flint, Michigan, where Jones was exposed to music by legendary singers such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. Encouraged by her mother and grandmother, Jones began her career in church choir and various chorale groups, going on to win the top prize at Flint’s local talent contest, “The Super Show” in 1997.
Jones spent two years studying vocal performance at the University of Michigan, before going on to audition for “American Idol” in 2007, where she became the fourth finalist. She segued from “Idol” to the Broadway stage for “The Color Purple” performing two roles: that of a “church lady” and of the pivotal character “Sophia.” Following her Broadway stint Jones provided vocal coaching on MTV’s reality competition “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods”. Additionally, Ms. Jones has performed as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony and Opera, Winnipeg Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Reno Philharmonic.