Melinda Marie Doolittle (born on October 6, 1977) is an American singer who was the second runner up on the sixth season of American Idol. Doolittle was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Steve and Marguerite Doolittle. She graduated from Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1995. Although she has been singing since the seventh grade, her professional career did not begin until 1999 as a music major from Belmont University. Doolittle sang back-up for Michael McDonald, Anointed, Mandisa, Aaron Neville, Jonny Lang, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Alabama, Julie Wilde, and CeCe Winans.