Naima Adedapo
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Naima Adedapo

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Pop Soul




"Adedapo likes the View From The Other side Of Summerfest"

Naima Adedapo, hometown star of "American Idol," used to work at Summerfest. On Saturday night she saw the Big Gig again, but this time as a performer.
During her set she recounted for the audience her days cleaning out dressing rooms, emptying trash bins and cleaning toilets at Summerfest.
"I always visualized myself on the stage and even when I worked there as grounds clean up, I was performing," she told me last week. "I would work until 4 p.m., take off my uniform, jump in my performance clothes and hit the stage at 5 p.m.! But what I will say is now that I have my own band and show, I definitely like this angle a lot more!"
In her performance at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Stage, scheduled for 8 p.m. -- but which actually kicked off about 15 minutes early (the first time I've ever witnessed an early start in 32 Summerfests) -- Adedapo was clearly enjoying the view.
In case we couldn't tell for sure, Adedapo performed a rousing cover of Pharell Williams' "Happy" during which the stage filled with dancers, and there was no doubt about her mood.
Adedapo, who splits her time between Brew City and Music City, made a number of references to her new post-"Idol" life in Nashville, where she is currently writing and recording material toward an upcoming release.
Some of that new material was performed Saturday evening in front of what started out as a medium-sized crowd -- reflecting what appeared to be a relatively lightly attended Summerfest at that point of the night -- but that picked up more and more as the 90-minute performance progressed.
One standout was, "#Winning," a tribute to folks like working parents and single mothers who find their hard work pays off.
Adedapo was working hard onstage, prowling from side to side, making eye contact with, and gesturing to, audience members, staging a lively performance and breaking a sweat.
Supporting her was her band, which includes Joe Hite (keys), Jordan Kroeger (bass), the kinetic Olen Franklin (drums), Randy Komberec (guitar), Cecilio Negron (percussion) and backing singers Rodney Cunningham and Joy Bach.
But Adedapo got a little help from some other friends, too, during a cover of Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street," when an African drummer and dancers from Ton Ko-Thi dance troupe -- of which her mother is a part -- came out onstage for an African dance interlude before the band segued back into the Motown classic.
The balance of the set continued with a mix of original songs and covers like versions of Sara Bareilles' "Brave" and Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire."
Adedapo didn't win her season of "American Idol," but not for a lack of charisma, stage presence and talent. On Saturday night all of those combined for the kind of performance that could continue Adedapo's trajectory to broader fame. -


Still working on that hot first release.



Naima Adedapo was one of the Top 11 finalists from American Idol Season 10. She has toured the United States, Canada and the Philippines on the American Idol Tour and has made appearences on Jay Leno, Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.
A native of Chicago, Naima graduated with honors from the UWM Peck School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She is also experienced in theater, having performed the lead in stage productions such as For Colored Girls, West Side Story, Crowns and more. Since the age of 13-years-old she has taught Stepping, African Dance, and Hip Hop to youth for several different community outreach centers and schools all over Milwaukee.

Since becoming an American Idol Finalist Naima has been focusing on performing, writing and developing her own unique sound and artistry.

Naima has a deep belief in providing support to a number of charity partners. Most recently, she is proud to serve as a celebrity ambassador for Camp Hometown Heroes, a national free summer camp for children of fallen U.S. service members. Naimas surprise visit to the 2013 camp will be included in an upcoming documentary film about Camp Hometown Heroes.

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