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Kia Thornton: Her Musical Background

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Kia ThorntonKia Thornton was considered by man to be the most impressive contender to emerge from the New York American Idol auditions.

Makes sense, too: she's no newcomer to the music business.

Thornton was still in her teens when "Lately," a single she cut while a member of the R&B trio Divine, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1998.

A second single, a cover of George Michael's "One More Try" made it to No. 29 a year later. The group toured internationally, supporting 'N Sync and Britney Spears, Thornton said.

Her dreams of pop stardom fizzled after her label went bankrupt, but Kia never stopped singing, finding an outlet in the choir at Englewood's Community Baptist Church.

Thornton's mother, Michelle Harrison, said the family was parked in front of the television for Wednesday night's American Idol broadcast.

"I'm just happy my daughter made it that far," Harrison said. "I'm very, very happy. I'm proud of my daughter. People are calling. Believe me, the phone is ringing."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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    Eyea have not seen, nor have ears heard what the Lord has in store for you. God bless you.

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    KIA KUZO I'M SO VERY PROUD OF U..U MAY NOT REMEMBER ME BUT I REMEMBER U..WE MEET ONLY FOR A BREIF SECOND..IN ENGLEWOOD WITH BARRY TYRONE AND STANK GETTING IN TROUBLE AND MAKIN COUSIN MICKEY MAD LOL..IT WAS AWESOME WATCHING YOU GROW..I REMEMBER WHEN YOU FIRST GOT SIGNED WHEN YOU USE TO LIVE BESIDE AUNT MATTY..AND WHEN YOU HAD THAT COOKOUT AT YOUR CRIB AND ALL THE DIVINE MEMBERS WERE THERE..IM ALSO TRYING 2 BRAK OUT INTO THE MUSIC BIZ..HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON IN ENGLEWOOD..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..

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    kia i would love to hear one day in my lifetime that "Divine" reunites. You guy's have no idea what you did for me an the rest of america with "lately". Just look at your comments on youtube under your video. Your fans are still here, grown now, but still here.

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    I just want Kia to know that what God has for her is for Her, and nobody can take it away. Be steadfast and he will continue to Bless your life.

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    Congrats! and luck.
    Any scrifice justifies you get the best future in music business.
    (Excuse my english)
    From Argentina.




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