Melinda hails from Brentwood, TN. Before auditioning for American Idol, she was a back-up singer for CeCe Winans and Aaron Neville.
Melinda auditioned in Memphis, TN. She sang "For Once In My Life," the song was popularized by Stevie Wonder. The judges all adored her, but just had once concern. She was too nervous. She breezes through Hollywood week and is currently on to the top 24 of American Idol. On March 8, 2007, she made it into the top 12 of "American Idol." She was eliminated from the competition on May 16, 2007. She garnered 3rd place in the competition.