La'Porsha Renae

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La'Porsha Renae
Birth nameLa'Porsha Renae Mays
Born (1993-07-28) July 28, 1993 (age 25)
McComb, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2016–present
Labels
Associated acts

La'Porsha Renae Mays (born July 28, 1993), known professionally as La'Porsha Renae, is an American singer-songwriter from McComb, Mississippi. In 2015, she auditioned for the fifteenth and final season of American Idol. On April 7, 2016, she finished as runner-up on the show, behind winner Trent Harmon.[1]

In March 2017, Renae released her debut album Already All Ready.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

La' Porsha Renae Mays was born on July 28, 1993 in McComb, Mississippi. At age 16, Renae tried out for the tenth season American Idol. After her college graduation at the age of 22, Renae was a victim of domestic abuse. After a year, she separated from her husband and moved to McComb with her one month old daughter Nayalee Keya.

American Idol[edit]

Accompanied by her daughter, she returned to audition for American Idol in Little Rock, Arkansas and earned her golden ticket by performing in front of the judges with Radiohead's "Creep". Renae was announced as the final runner-up on April 7, 2016.

Performances[edit]

Week Theme Song(s) Original artist(s) Result
Auditions Contestant's choice "Creep" Radiohead Advanced
Hollywood Week, Part 1 First Solo "Roar" Katy Perry Advanced
Hollywood Week, Part 2 Group Round "Stayin' Alive" Bee Gees
Hollywood Week, Part 3 Second Solo Not aired
Final Judgment Final Solo "The House of the Rising Sun" The Animals Advanced
Top 24 Contestant's choice "Proud Mary" Tina Turner Advanced
Top 10 Contestant's choice "Diamonds" Rihanna Safe
Top 8 Idol Grammy Hits "Halo" Beyoncé Safe
Top 6 American Idol All Time Song Book "See You Again"
(duet with Trent Harmon)
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth Safe
"Come Together" The Beatles
Top 5 America's Twitter Song Choice "Ready for Love" India.Arie Safe
"No More Drama" Mary J. Blige
Top 4 Classic Rock "Wanted Dead or Alive" Bon Jovi Bottom 2
Sia "Elastic Heart" Sia
Top 3 Hometown Dedication "Glory" Common and John Legend Safe
Scott Borchetta's Choice "Stay With Me" Lorraine Ellison
Judges' Choice "Hello" Adele
Top 2 Winner's single "Battles" La'Porsha Renae Runner-Up
Simon Fuller's Choice "A House Is Not a Home" Dionne Warwick
Favorite Performance "Diamonds" Rihanna
Finale Finale show "It Takes Two"
(duet with Trent Harmon)
Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

Post Idol[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Hours after the end of the American Idol, Renae announced that she had been signed to Big Machine and Motown Records.[2] American Idol mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO, Scott Borchetta told Billboard the reason for the signing is "Because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol,." Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of MoTown Records will oversee Renae's album. In a post-Idol interview about her plans Renae indicated she would be leaving Mississippi, and when asked about the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, an anti-LGBT law in her home state she said "I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way."[3][4] Renae's single "Battles" debuted at number 22 on the US R&B singles chart with a first week sales total of 7,000.Renae's first live performance post Idol was on Live with Kelly and Michael promoting "Battles" which reached its peak at #22 on US R&B Digital Charts.

In August 2016, a remix for "Battles" was released, called the Gold Medal Mix. It became the official song for the United States Women's Gymnastic Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[5] In November, Renae released the lead single to her upcoming debut album, entitled "Good Woman."

Career[edit]

2017: Already All Ready[edit]

Her debut studio album, Already All Ready was released on March 31, 2017.[6] "Good Woman" is the debut single from the album.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US Heat R&B
Already All Ready 113 1 15

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B Digital
[7]
US
Adult
R&B
"Battles" 2016 22 Non-album single
"Battles (Gold Medal Mix)"
"Good Woman"[8] 6 Already All Ready
"Already All Ready" 2017
"What's Love Got to Do with It?" 2018 Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slezak, Michael (April 7, 2016). "American Idol Series Finale Recap: Did the Right Contestant Win? Plus: TVLine's Series Finale Awards!". TV Line Media, LLC. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Shirley Halperin, Fred Bronson (April 7, 2016). "'American Idol' Winner & Runner-Up Both Have Label Deals: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2016.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Avery, Dan. ""American Idol" Finalist La'Porsha Renae: "I Don't Really Agree With The LGBT Lifestyle"". NewNowNext. Logo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  4. ^ Smith, Nigel M. "American Idol's La'Porsha Renae draws anger for anti-LGBT comments". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Olympics: 'American Idol' La'Porsha Renae Releases 'Battles (Gold Medal Mix)'". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  6. ^ "'American Idol' La'Porsha Renae Unveils First Single 'Good Woman': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Kevin Rutherford (April 13, 2016). "'American Idol' Finalists MacKenzie Bourg & Dalton Rapattoni Debut on Rock Charts". Billboard.
  8. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-adult-r-and-b-airplay/2017-02-25

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Clark Beckham
American Idol runner-up
2016
Succeeded by
Caleb Lee Hutchinson