Jennifer was born on September 12, 1981 in Chicago.
In 2004, America began to get to know Jennifer as she
made the Top 12 finalists on American Idol. Jennifer soon became one of
the few finalists with strong R&B voices, with
Jennifer becoming a little more visible with her
verbal sparring with judge Simon Cowell. American Idol voters didn't let Jennifer get
beyond the Top 7, and for most finalists in that
situation, that might be the peak of their career -
but not Jennifer. Jennifer went on to audition and
get the highly sought-after role of Effie White in
the motion picture adaptation of the classic Broadway
play Dreamgirls. While many American Idol alumni were struggling to keep
their music careers afloat, Jennifer was walking home
with an Academy Award.
The 3rd season of American Idol began and Jennifer made it
into the Top 12 finalists (as a 'wild card' finalist
selected by judge Randy Jackson).
Jennifer was voted of American Idol after making it to the Top 7
finalists. Elton John echoed the
feelings of many American Idol fans after Jennifer
was felt to be prematurely voted out of the
contest: "The three people I was really
impressed with, and they just happened to be black,
young female singers, and they all seem to be landing
in the bottom three. They have great voices. The fact
that they're constantly in the bottom three - and I
don't want to set myself up here - but I find it
Jennifer could be heard on the compilation American
Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics on the track "Neither One
Of Us" (available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).
Jennifer could be seen in the film Dreamgirls and gained universal praise
for her role in the film as Effie White.
Singles Artist of the Year
Jennifer won a Golden Globe Award
and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by
an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Jennifer won an Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls.
Jennifer topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
chart with the remixes of "And I'm Telling You
(I'm Not Going)."
Jennifer was honored at the Soul Train Music Awards
with the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the
Jennifer became the first African American singer to
be on the cover of Vogue.
Jennifer could be heard on Ne-Yo's LP Because
Of You on
the track "Leaving Tonight" (available for
download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).
Jennifer took home 2 BET Awards for
Best Actress and Best New Artist.
Jennifer could be see in the film Sex
And The City heard on the soundtrack for Sex
And The City on the track "All Dressed In
Love" (available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).
Jennifer performed at the Democratic National
Jennifer released her debut LP Jennifer
(available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).
Jennifer topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs, Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart, and Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with
Jennifer could be seen in the film The Secret
Life Of Bees.
Tragedy struck Jennifer when her mother and brother
were found shot to death in her mom's Chicago home.
Her nephew was also found shot outside of the home
and the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer's sister was
arrested for the murders.
was certified gold.
Jennifer returned to the spotlight when she performed
at the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Super
Jennifer won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album (Jennifer
and was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female ("Spotlight") and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo
("I'm His Only Woman" with Fantasia). Jennifer performed at the
Jennifer won a NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist.
Jennifer topped the Billboard Hot Adult R&B
Airplay chart with "If This Isn't Love."
Jennifer gave birth to a baby boy.
Jennifer could be heard on the Rod Stewart LP Soulbook on the track "Let It Be
Jennifer could be heard on the Sex
And The City 2 soundtrack with "Love Is Your
Jennifer released I
Remember Me was certified gold.
Released: September, 2008
Billboard peak: # 2
Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "Spotlight" - "If
This Isn't Love" - "Pocketbook"
(featuring Ludacris) - "Giving Myself"
- "What's Wrong (Go Away)" (featuring
T-Pain) - "My Heart" - "You Pulled
Me Through" - "I'm His Only Woman"
(featuring Fantasia) - "Can't Stop The
Rain" - "We Gon' Fight" -
"Invisible" - "And I Am Telling
You (I'm Not Going)" - "Jesus Promised
Me A Home Over There"
Released: March, 2011
Tracks: "No One Gonna Love You"
- "I Got This" - "Where You
At" - "Angel" - "I Remember
Me" - "Gone" - "Everybody
Needs Love" - "Why Is It So Hard"
- "Don't Look Down" - "Still
Here" - "Feeling Good" -
Released: September 23, 2014
Billboard Top 200 LPs
Tracks: "Dangerous" - "It's
Your World" (featuring R. Kelly) - "He
Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (featuring Iggy Azalea)
- "Walk It Out" (featuring Timbaland) -
"I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)"
(featuring T.I.) - "I Still Love You" -
"Just That Type Of Girl" - "Bring
Back The Music" - "Say It" -
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