La’Porsha Renae Bio – American Idol Contestant

by MJ on

Biography of La’Porsha Renea.

La’Porsha Renae — a former cashier at Wal-Mart —was born and raised in the idyllic town of McComb, Mississippi. She began singing recreationally at the age of six. Since then, La’Porsha has performed at several professional venues before finally appearing on the grand stage of American Idol. La’Porsha has proven decisively that she’s one contestant that can give the judges a run for their money. Her exquisite vocal control when performing Rihanna’s “Diamonds” absolutely stunned the audience and judges alike. The applause following her performance was drawn-out and completely deserved. Guest judge and American Idol alumni Kelly Clarkson was at a loss for words. She described La’Porsha Renae as a woman blessed with a wealth of natural talent. After delivering her enthusiastic praise, Kelly Clarkson rose to emphatically cheer for the tearful songstress. The other judges soon followed; Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez joined in the standing ovation. Even Harry Connick Jr. was deeply impressed. That performance single-handedly solidified La’Porsha Renae’s spot in the top ten contestants of the fifteenth season of American Idol.

La'Porsha Renae on teh American Idol stage

La’Porsha Renae on teh American Idol stage

La’Porsha Renae is a stunning mother of one and a formidable contestant on the fifteenth and final season of American Idol. The afro-sporting musical powerhouse appeared in the company of her utterly adorable infant daughter, whom was held by judge Jennifer Lopez while La’Porsha belted a haunting rendition of “Creep” by Radiohead. La’Porsha Renae is a throwback to the soul music of Alicia Keys; “Creep”, a gravelly and obsessive piece about unrequited love, was transformed by La’Porsha’s uniquely soulful rendition. Her beautiful vibrato mimicked the hoarseness of the original singer, and her extended notes added emphasis to the darkest lyrics of the song.

La'Porsha Renae with curly hair and sans afro with her little baby girl

La’Porsha Renae with curly hair and without her signature afro with her little baby girl

La’Porsha Renae, like many of her predecessors, came from humble roots. She relocated from her hometown to California to pursue her singing career. As a busy mother of one, La’Porsha struggled to balance her passion for singing and caring for her daughter. The adorable tyke even accompanied La’Porsha to her initial American Idol audition. Needless to say, judge Jennifer Lopez was charmed and gleefully held the smiling infant while La’Porsha sang.

Despite her preoccupation with her infant daughter, La’Porsha still manages to be one of the most stylish contestants on the fifteenth season of American Idol. She appears as a perfectly primped soul singer, her afro coiffed into a flatteringly natural shape and her attire fabulously glamorous. She has a forceful and entrancing stage presence — a true “star quality” — that never ceases to enamor the audience. The beautiful singer performs with unwavering confidence in herself and her craft. To the casual observer, La’Porsha Renae was a star before she even appeared on the stage.

La'Porsha Renea with a big yellow snake

La’Porsha Renea with a big yellow snake

La’Porsha’s marvelously trained voice is her primary allure. She never wavers, cracks, or falters. Every shift of pitch is measured to perfection. Out of the many talented contestants appearing in the top ten of American Idol, La’Porsha is the one with superior control of her voice. Her meticulousness is either the product of constant training — a distinct possibility for someone as dedicated as La’Porsha — or the product of a natural comfort with herself. La’Porsha conveys an effortlessness in her style and performance, so it’s believable that she’s simply extraordinarily gifted. Regardless of the source of her intensely moving voice, La’Porsha was slated to be the victor of the season.

She cites her inspiration as an inherent attachment to her craft. She’s a singer, and a singer alone; nothing else has ever appealed to her as deeply as singing. La’Porsha Renae views singing as the most honest act of self-expression — a means of communication unrivaled by simple speech. “The thing I enjoy most about music,” she states, “is that it is such a universal language. I am fortunate to have many opportunities to have such meaningful conversations through song.”

La'Porsha Renae with her daughter - American Idol Contestant

La’Porsha Renae with her daughter – American Idol Contestant

That is the primary drive for a world-class musician. Throughout their trials and triumphs, some may falter, but the genuine artifact will maintain their devotion for the craft. It’s a stressful job. It’s the act of tearing your soul from your body and presenting it to a hungry public. It’s not child’s play. La’Porsha Renae has seen her fair share of struggles in life, and she’s prepared to follow the tortuous path to fame. Performing before a crowd of thousands — controlling your voice while enduring the anxiety of performing in public — is an admirable act. La’Porsha has the voice of a musical visionary. She only needs a dose of ambition and a handful of luck to rise to stardom.

Jennifer Lopez crying during a performance by La'Porsha Renae

Jennifer Lopez crying during a performance by La’Porsha Renae

Many contestants come from humble roots, but none so much as La’Porsha. With a cast of contestants that include the daughter of famed pop star Brenda K. Starr, the fifteenth season of American Idol is shaping up to be an exercise in self-promotion. La’Porsha Renae and her less-exposed contemporaries redeem that situation. La’Porsha juggled an active life as a mother, a financially independent woman, and a vocalist before arriving on the silver stage. She had many nicknames among her peers — Nae Nae, Kokumo Asha, Sunshine, KoKo, and L.R — but she’s settled on the memorable moniker of La’Porsha Renae. With that stage name, she’s taken the American Idol universe by storm. She has a promising future as a professional vocalist, undoubtedly bolstered by her stunning performance on American Idol. She’s clearly no lackluster bar singer. She’s a woman who communicates her deepest and most intimate emotions and experiences through the medium of song.

La’Porsha Renae has been considered a favorite to win season 15 especially with the obvious push for a female winner for the last season.

Written by: MJ

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