January 17, 2007 07:23 PM by Joe Reality
First there were thousands of user-generated performance submissions
that were narrowed down by a VIP Blue Ribbon panel to the Top 12
Finalists. Now, music fans have voted and chosen the Top 5 finalists
in the "My GRAMMY® Moment" campaign, The Recording Academy announced
today. These finalists will compete for a live performance with
multi-GRAMMY Award nominee Justin Timberlake that will be seen on THE
49th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS," Sunday, Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30 PM, live
ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Over the next several weeks, fans will continue to narrow the field by logging on directly to CBS.com or Yahoo! Music to access the voting site. The Top 3 finalists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend and each will rehearse individually with Timberlake during GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles. The public can vote for their favorite finalist from the day of the Top 3 announcement up until 6:59 p.m. PT/9:59 ET on Feb. 11. During the live broadcast, viewers will be able to cast votes on their mobile phone. The interactive mobile voting technology, provided through a partnership with VeriSign, will be active within a two hour window from 8 p.m. to 9:59 p.m. ET (5 p.m. to 6:59 p.m. PT) on Feb. 11. The winner will be announced live on the show before his/her performance with Timberlake on the GRAMMY Awards.
Top 5 Finalists
Jillian Gaudious (25), Long Branch, N.J.
Jessie James (18), Warner Robins, Ga.
Africa Miranda (30), Montgomery, Ala.
Brenda Radney (22), Staten Island, N.Y.
Robyn Troup (18), Houston, Texas
Biographical Information on the Top 5 Finalists
Jillian Gaudious, 25, was raised in Long Branch, N.J., and currently works there full-time. She began singing when she was just four and has dreamed of becoming a star ever since. Describing her sound as soul with pop and R&B, Jillian plays guitar, writes her own material and hopes to become a successful recording artist. She cites Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and the Supremes as her favorite artists.
Jessica (Jessie) James, 18, calls herself a military brat since she has lived in various parts of the country, but calls Warner Robins, Ga. home. A senior at Warner Robins High School, she began singing when she was just 2 years-old, sang in her school choirs and performed publicly when she was 9. With a Southern soul sound, Jessica plays guitar and writes many of her own songs. Her goal is to nab a country record deal in Nashville and have a long and successful music career.
Africa Miranda, 30, calls Montgomery, Ala., her hometown and currently is writing and performing songs in New York City. To pay the bills, she’s working at a temp agency and does promotional modeling and event staffing. She began singing as a child in her school choir, and eventually in pageants and school programs as she grew older. Africa says her sound is R&B/pop with rock and hip-hop thrown in the mix. Africa cites Prince, Outkast and Mariah Carey as three of her favorite artists.
Brenda Radney, 22, was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., and currently resides there as a freelance singer/songwriter. She began singing at the age of 4 and has fond memories of sitting in the window at her grandmother’s porch singing "Tomorrow" from Annie and "Part Of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. Brenda’s musical style is a mash-up of pop, R&B, alternative, gospel, electro and indie rock, and her aspiration is to become as successful as Prince, Beyonce and U2. In addition to singing, she writes songs and plays seven musical instruments.
Robyn Troup, 18, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She has been singing ever since she could talk and has notebooks filled with songs she has written. Robyn is multitalented, having studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance, along with taking both piano and voice lessons. While she describes her musical style as a blend of R&B, pop and hip-hop, Robyn cites artists including Stevie Wonder, Aaliyah and Destiny’s Child as her muses.