American Idol Season 6 Top 4 Finalist, Lakisha Jones, Releases Her New Album


lakishajonesalbumLakisha Jones’ new CD, “So Glad I’m Me” is set to drop on May 19th, 2009, coinciding nicely with the conclusion of American Idol Season 8.

Can we expect to see Queen Lakisha at the finale of American Idol? Time will tell all too well but it would seem to be a plausible assumption.

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing this young lady achieve continued success. As of January 9, 2008, she landed the coveted role of the church soloist in the Broadway musical The Color Purple.

Lakisha played the role of Sofia during matinées (standing in for Chaka Khan) and I can only envision more theatrically based opportunites for her in the future. She embodies a phenomenal vocal gift and dramatically expressive performance skills.

In anticipation of her new album, the first single from her CD, “Let’s Go Celebrate” is being released tomorrow. It’s a great song and I hope that she sells bundles and bundles of downloads. Have a listen over here and from all of us here at MasterclassLady.Com, we would like to congratulate Lakisha on her continued success.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

5 Responses to “American Idol Season 6 Top 4 Finalist, Lakisha Jones, Releases Her New Album”

  1. Hallelujah! I am very happy for Lakisha! I really liked her throughout her season and I recognized the star that was inside her just waiting to shine. I am excited about checking out her new single for myself and look forward to her album’s debut in May. I think we can expect GREAT things from this girl. God bless her!

  2. Thanks for telling us Lakisha’s good news. I loved her when she was on Idol and was really sorry she didn’t make it to the finals.

  3. I agree, Louise, she should’ve made it to the finals. I still think Jordin should’ve won, but Lakisha should’ve definitely been Runner-Up that season.

  4. Wow, this cover art must be the most airbrushed image I’ve ever seen.

  5. I’m happy to report that LaKisha and her new husband are expecting a baby! http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20269215,00.html

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