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Coming Back to You

Melinda Doolittle

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“Things happen for a reason,” Melinda Doolittle confides on her 2009 debut album Coming Back to You, and indeed it seems that this talented singer’s third-place finish on American Idol’s sixth season turned out to be a blessing. Away from the limelight, Doolittle drew upon her years as a session vocalist to create a retro-soul album loaded with taste, style, and feeling. Producer Mike Mangini (of Joss Stone renown) provides vintage settings for these tracks, aided considerably by Tom “Bones” Malone’s fat ‘n’ snappy horns. But it’s Doolittle who deserves the most praise for her poised yet fervent performances, as well as for her willingness to tackle everything from Robert Johnson blues tunes (“Dust My Broom,” “Walkin’ Blues”) to hits from the Johnny Mathis songbook (“The Best of Everything”). Her mixture of gospel fire and supper club cool recalls Gladys Knight in her heyday, especially on numbers like “If I’m Not in Love” and “I Will Be.” Urged on by thick organ chords and swooning strings, she struts through Memphis-style R&B numbers like “Fundamental Thing” and “Wonderful” with authority. Doolittle may have waited a while for her moment, but Coming Back to You finds her arriving right on time.

Customer Reviews

Should have won...

God I love this woman. Melinda Doolittle doesn't just deserve to have a record deal, she deserves to have won American Idol, and so be recognized for the fact that she is, in fact, the best singer ever to perform on their stage. This album is beautiful, carried by her powerful, soulful, and meliflulous voice, hopefully, to the top of the charts. Congratulations Melinda, You've finally arrived.

A welcomed return for Melinda Doolittle!

With Jordin Sparks winning American Idol 6, Melinda Doolittle managed like so many others to fade into obscurity. Since then, she has had time to work on what she does best and that is SING, and MAN does she DELIVER. This is definetly on-par with today's singers like Beyonce, Mary J and Jennifer Hudson. With a 70's funk vibe, this album showcases Melinda's talents where it matters most. There is definetly a Tina Turner-esque style to her voice and music and it's such a breath of fresh air for todays industry and AI fans. In a world today where rap music consumes us with vulgar lyrics and deflamatory remarks to women and sexuality, it's great to see positivity still can shine through and turn a siren at the top of the Idol world, into a soul queen on top of the world. Well done Mel!

Great voice and talented musician soars with brilliant debut album

I've always been a supporter of Melinda throughout American Idol and I'm actually glad that she didn't win, on hindsight. Finishing third gave her the right to negotiate a recording contract on her own terms and also dictate how she wanted her debut album to turn out. She stuck to what she does best: old-school R&B with a gospel-tinted combination of rock n roll and jazz. Melinda shines with this debut album that stays true to who she is as a vocalist and musician, showing that she understands herself best and what works for her. The tracks are easy listening and she is able to match up to her influences like Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Let's support her album and show that you don't have to win AI in order to have a outstanding career like she is destined to have.

Biography

Born: October 6, 1977 in Brentwood, TN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although her third-place finish on American Idol's sixth season introduced Melinda Doolittle to a new audience, the neo-soul singer already boasted an impressive résumé, having spent the better part of a decade singing backup for the likes of Aaron Neville, Jonny Lang, Charlie Peacock, and CeCe Winans. Doolittle was born in St. Louis, MO, and relocated to Nashville during the mid-'90s to attend Belmont University while pursuing a singing career. Already employed as a gifted background vocalist, she...
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