St. Augustine’s Jamilia Wells is on American Idol

St. Augustine resident Jamalia Wells is on the new season of American Idol, when debuts Wednesday, Jan. 7 on Fox. Contributed photo

St. Augustine resident Jamilia Wells is on the new season of American Idol, when debuts Wednesday, Jan. 7 on Fox. Contributed photo

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jamilia Wells left the American Idol competition during Hollywood Week in January 2015.

By Renee Unsworth

St. Augustine High School graduate Jamilia Wells is a making her national singing debut tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 7) on American Idol. Out of hundreds of thousands who auditioned this summer (2014) all over the country, she is in the top 215 contestants who will perform on the popular TV show. Jamilia also auditioned in 2013 but didn’t make the cut.

Jamilia, 19, is currently majoring in music at Florida School of the Arts at St. Johns River State College in Palatka, Florida.

Many may remember her in various roles in musicals at St. Augustine High and Limelight Theatre. Her powerful voice also has landed her as soloist in performances with the St. Augustine Community Chorus. She’s also opened for R&B artist Miguel in Jacksonville and for gospel singer Paul Beasley.

Her other TV credit includes a clip of her singing on VH-1’s “Love & Hip Hop” reality show in 2013. She was auditioning as a backup singer for recording artist K Michelle.

“I don’t really have a ‘big goal,’ I just want to sing for the rest of my life and be honestly happy,” she said in a quick interview on Jan. 7.
But I do want to receive my PH D in music. That is my only set goal. I’m not too hard on myself.”

The TV singing competition, which first aired in January 2002, features celebrity judges in the music industry. Judges for the 2015 show are Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the TV shows allows viewers to vote for finalists each week, resulting in a winner on the final episode. Former American Idol winners include Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard, Jordan Sparks and other successful recording artists.

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Totally St. Augustine will continue to communicate with Jamilia and follow her on her American Idol journey!

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