Vocalist Solomon making her mark

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With a new album expected this year and currently starring in the Broadway dance production Burn the Floor, delivering mail once upon a time is in the rearview mirror as singer-actress Vonzell Solomon continues to work her way through the entertainment in

With a new album expected this year and currently starring in the Broadway dance production Burn the Floor, delivering mail once upon a time is in the rearview mirror as singer-actress Vonzell Solomon continues to work her way through the entertainment industry.

Solomon –– a former contestant on two “American Idol” seasons and on the second season of “Making the Band” –– who owns her own independent record label, Melodic Record, said the climb hasn’t been easy.

Attending a performing arts school helped shape and mold her into the vocalist she is today, she said.

“Every year I had a chorus class and a vocal composition class, which taught me the difference between singing [alone] and in a choral setting,” the Ft. Myers, Fla. native recently told the Defender while she was in Chicago for Burn. “In the vocal tech classes I learned how to become a solo singer and I was taught to focus on the fundamentals of singing properly, which helped me so much.”

When the popular national singing competitions opened their auditions, she jumped into the pool. She didn’t make it past the first round the first time she auditioned for “Idol” and decided to try for MTB. She sailed through the audition rounds in Miami, but fell short in New York. Solomon then tried again during another season of “Idol” and was 2nd runner up.

While she was eventually sent home, she wasn’t discouraged but encouraged, thanks in large part to her father and “Idol,” she said.

“When I got the chance to do something big like Idol I jumped on the chance and it really helped my career out a lot,” she said, “Ever since Idol, I’ve been traveling and I’m on my fourth tour. Idol really got me going in my career,” said Solomon.

Her father, who is also her manager, has been “my rock and my comforter,” she said.

Solomon’s advice to aspiring singers: Put in the necessary work.

A lot of singers just want to go into private lessons or to a magnet school and then come out singing like Beyonce, but they don’t know it takes a lot of work,” she said.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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