Lakisha Jones: A Performance To Whet Your American Idol Appetite

Good Sunday everyone:

I am having a very busy day with Church and family obligations, but it is all very good. However, I could not let the day go by without drawing attention to American Idol Season Six Top 24 Finalist, Lakisha Jones. I was so impressed with this young lady during her preliminary and Hollywood auditions. She possesses an absolutely stellar vocal gift and her vocal delivery and her artistic passion are first class.

In the video below, she performs Jennifer Hudson’s multi-award winning hit, “And I Am Telling You” from the musical “Dreamgirls”. Although Jennifer’s performance has more polish and veneer than Lakisha’s, I think this performance, for an undiscovered talent, is excellent. I hope the American voters really support this young lady. She possesses a highly cultivated vocal and stage technique that will, undoubtedly, improve in the weeks ahead.

About Masterclass Lady

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

10 Responses to “Lakisha Jones: A Performance To Whet Your American Idol Appetite”

  1. While this doesn’t have the same feeling and emotion that Jennifer Hudson’s rendition does, I do think this is a great performance. I was blown away during Lakisha’s initial audition and during Hollywood Week and feel that she’s one of the top contenders for the title this year. She’s easily the best female singer of the bunch (with Melinda a close second). It’ll be a shame if America doesn’t vote her into the Top 12.


  2. A great talent indeed. I am always amazed at the wealth of undiscovered talent in the Universe. It is mind boggling.


  3. This girl really have talent. I am surprise she was not already discover. American she has to get to the top 12. She is great and she can sing. We only want the best. And please dont judge by their looks, size, or color. It the voice. We want great music. Remember america weight you can loose. So let put the best 12 in the top 12 and let them battle for the title. Good Luck to all.


  4. I think that Lakisha did a beautiful job with her vocal performance of “I am Telling You”. Compared to Jennifer I cant tell whos better because she is so wonderful. ( And Jennifer can sing her ass off) Good Job, Lakisha!


  5. Could that male judge in the beige jacket move any whiter?!
    (please note: good natured teasing in progress!)


  6. Lakisha is amazing!
    She has a very incredible voice.


  7. simon was right. tickets should be fully booked right now.


  8. Sanjaya Malakar has the style and personalty of a lamp pole

    I bet he even believes in “Globel Warming”


  9. Thank you so much for posting the video of Lakisha!
    For DWTS there is someone who posts all the dance videos.
    Is there anyone who posts all the AI performances on their website for re-viewing?


  10. Wow – look at all the Lakisha fans and rightfully so.

    Margo -what does DWTS mean?

    Please send along any other videos or information to masterclasslady at

    Thanks so much



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