American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle had quite a homecoming Wednesday when the Brentwood resident and former back-up singer took center stage at the Sommet Center with the nine other Idol finalists.
"I am so excited to be home," Melinda said to The Tennesseean. "Nashville has been amazingly supportive. They have done more than their share of helping me out, so I am excited to be able to say thank you."
"That is the best question in the world. I don't know the answer yet," she said. "I'll find out as it goes along. I'm just letting God take control of that."
Finalists Phil Stacey, whose parents live in Smyrna, and Chris Sligh, who has family in Springfield, both plan on moving here soon. Phil is likely to sign with a major country label, while Chris will probably opt for a Nashville Christian label. It's too soon to announce their label or management affiliations, but it's safe to say they're in talks with top-notch folks.
"I do plan on putting out a country record," said Stacey, who spent time with his parents, wife and daughters in his hotel room Wednesday. "My influences are country and gospel, so I may put out a blend of the two, music I can express my faith in as well as just hopefully make a connection with the listening audience."
Idol winner Jordin Sparks spent the day with Michael W. Smith and his birthday-girl daughter, Anna.
"There's a house for sale in Anna's neighborhood," Jordin aid. "I was like, 'I'm buying it.' It's a dream just talking about it, but I would love to move here."