Naima Adedapo

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Naima Adedapo
Background information
Born (1984-10-05) October 5, 1984 (age 29)
Maywood, Illinois[1]
Origin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres Soul-pop
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 2011–present

Naima Adedapo (born October 5, 1984) is an American singer songwriter dancer and actress from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Naima placed in the top 11 on the tenth season of American Idol.

Early life[edit]

Naima was born in Maywood, Illinois, and her family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when she was ten.[1] Being the daughter of Milwaukee area jazz singer Adekola Adedapo,[2] Naima has been around music her whole life and knew that performing and expressing herself though music and dance was her calling. Also experienced in theater, she has performed the lead in stage productions such as For Colored Girls, West Side Story, Crowns and more. A native of Chicago, she attended high school at St. Joan Antida and graduated with honors. She placed first at the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association's State Tournament in Demonstration Speaking for her speech on African dance. While in college she toured the country with Milwaukee dance company, Ko-Thi. Naima graduated with honors from the UWM Peck School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Since the age of 13-years-old she has taught Stepping, African Dance, and Hip Hop to youth for several different community outreach centers and schools all over Milwaukee.[3] She later majored in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.[1]

American Idol[edit]


Adedapo auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was not one the five female vote-getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13. She was one of the six selected to sing for a wild card. The judges chose three of the six, including Adedapo, to advance to the Top 13. On March 31, 2011, Adedapo and Thia Megia were eliminated from American Idol.


Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice
"For All We Know" Hal Kemp N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo Unaired Unaired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Get Ready" The Temptations N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo Unaired Unaired N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs of The Beatles
Group Performance
"The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round Final Final Solo "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Women) Personal Choice "Summertime" Abbie Mitchell 2 Wild Card
Wild Card Personal Choice "For All We Know" Hal Kemp 5 Selected
Top 13 Your Personal Idol "Umbrella" Rihanna 13 Safe
Top 12 Year You Were Born "What's Love Got to Do with It" Tina Turner 1 Bottom 31
Top 11 Motown "Dancing in the Street" Martha and the Vandellas 10 Safe
Top 112 Elton John "I'm Still Standing" Elton John 2 Eliminated
  • ^Note 1 Adedapo was saved first from elimination.
  • ^Note 2 Due to the judges using their one save to save Casey Abrams, the Top 11 remained intact for another week.


Naima and the rest of the top 11 performed in the 2011 American Idols LIVE! Tour, which began in West Valley City, Utah, on July 6, 2011, and ended in Manila, Philippines on September 20, 2011.[4] Both the eliminated contestants, Naima has appeared and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.[5][6] Since becoming an American Idol Finalist she has been focusing on writing and developing her own unique sound and artistry.

Personal life[edit]

Naima splits her time between Milwaukee and Nashville and has built a home with her four and six year old girls and their father in Milwaukee. She also has three stepdaughters.[7] She was formerly a maintenance worker at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee (home of the Summerfest, the largest outdoor music festival in the world). A job she specifically chose in order to be around the music.


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