A Brief History
On this date, February 29, 1992, American Idol Season 13 finalist Majesty Rose was born. She is one of many great African-American female singers!
Hailing from Goldsboro, North Carolina, Rose auditioned in Atlanta, where she sang Coldplay’s “Violet Hill”. Prior to auditioning, she was a pre-school teacher and she graduated in Eastern Wayne High School on 2011. In Hollywood, she performed “1234” and “Stars”. She was ultimately eliminated on March 27, 2014, and came in ninth place.
Of course, she is but one example of the many great African-American female singers in history. Three African-American women rank among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time in terms of album sales: Rihanna (182.5-200 million albums sold), Mariah Carey (131.9-200 million albums sold), and Whitney Huston (111.5-200 million albums sold). Meanwhile, Janet Jackson has also sold an impressive 52.1-100 million albums, Tina Turner has sold 32.6-100 million albums, Donna Summer has sold 30.8-100 million albums, Beyoncé has sold 68.4-75 million albums and won 20 Grammy Awards, and Arethra Franklin has sold 24.5-75 million albums and won 18 Grammy Awards. Alicia Keys has won 15 Grammy Awards, Ella Fitzgerald and Leontyne Price have each won 13 Grammy Awards, Chaka Khan has won 10 Grammy Awards, and Mary J. Blige and Natalie Cole have each won 9 Grammy Awards. Ronnie Spector, Gladys Knight, Lena Horne, Martha Reeves, Tracy Chapman, and Shirley Bassie are some of my father’s favorites, plus the girl groups: Pointer Sisters, Ronettes, Dixie Cups, Supremes, Chiffons, and Weather Girls. Here is a playlist from my YouTube Channel celebrating some of their all time best music video performances:
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For more information, please see…
McKissack, Fredrick and Pat McKissack. Marian Anderson: Amazing Opera Singer (Famous African Americans). Enslow Elementary, 2013.
Micklos Jr., John. Jennifer Hudson: A Biography of an American Music Idol (African-American Icons). Enslow Publishers, 2014.
Schuman, Michael A. Beyonce: A Biography of a Legendary Singer (African-American Icons). Enslow Publishers, 2014.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by procktheboat of American music artists MK Nobilette, Majesty Rose, and Malaya Watson performing together at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, during the 2014 American Idol summer tour, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.