Fourth place appears to be Michigan’s meter on “American Idol.” U.S. Marine Josh Gracin’s “Idol” run stopped there in 2003, during the show’s second season. And this year, Flint’s LaKisha Jones made it that far before being voted off the “Idol” island.
But that was still far enough to make the 27-year-old singer one of “Idol’s” most popular figures, a status she says is still growing on her.
“I don’t think it’s hit me yet, even,” Jones says. “People are like, ‘LaKisha Jones!’ I was LaKisha Jones a year ago, too. I feel like I’m the same person; the only thing now is I get to do something I love every day and make a living doing it.”
Jones grew up singing at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Flint and studied vocal music and communication for 2 1 /2 years at U-M’s Flint campus before moving to Houston — where she sang in the Yolanda Adams-directed choir at the Abundant Life Cathedral — and Fort Meade, Md., before heading to Hollywood for “Idol.” Jones, whose mother is watching the singer’s 4-year-old daughter during the “American Idols Live!” tour, is planning to move back to Houston when she comes off the road. She hopes to start work on an album and is entertaining “lots of offers and things that are coming in.
"I definitely want the record to be soulful and inspirational, but I can’t do anything until after the tour.” She does, however, have one landmark she’s looking forward to.
“I can’t wait to have my 10-year (Flint Central High School) class reunion next year,” Jones says. “I used to say I want to be famous by the time I go back to my class reunion. Now I have something to show ’em.”
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