Coming Back to You by Melinda Doolittle on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

“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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“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.

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About Melinda Doolittle

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 auditioned for American Idol in 2006 and earned a place on the show's 2007 season. Doolittle proved to be an especially strong singer during her 13-week run; however, despite receiving near-unanimous acclaim from the judging panel, her reign was cut short one week before the show's finale. She later completed the American Idol summer tour alongside her former competitors (including runner-up Blake Lewis and champion Jordin Sparks) and dedicated significant time to philanthropic efforts, including a trip to Zambia alongside First Lady Laura Bush. While several of her Idol cohorts released albums in 2007 and 2008, Doolittle lay down until 2009, when she emerged with her debut for Hi Fi Recordings. Titled Coming Back to You, the album comprised covers of vintage blues and early R&B standards. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Brentwood, TN
  • BORN
    Oct 6, 1977

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