“We moved to Milledgeville when I was about 6 years old, and I continued to sing in churches, at different events throughout the community, like weddings, anniversaries and black history programs, and I participated in talent shows as well,” Nashae said. “When my father passed away in 1995, I knew he always wanted to be a famous gospel singer. I’m blessed with the gift, but I also want to carry on his legacy and his dream; it means a lot to me internally.”
After graduating from Baldwin High School in 2007, Nashae received the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on 106 & Park on BET to perform with Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown. As she currently pursues a bachelors degree in physical therapy at Kennesaw State University, she finds time to record in the studio and participate in community and campus events.
“After my husband passed, I really got behind [Nashae], kept her focus, grounded and talked with her about what she wanted to do with her career. You have to have faith, trust and belief in God; we don’t do anything without involving Him,” said Angela Smith, Nashae’s mother and manager. “Now, everything is starting to happen, take place and it’s looking really good; there’s no stopping now. We weren’t expecting American Idol, but I already knew she would make it.”
American Idol, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, is an American reality-singing competition series that began airing on FOX in 2002. The concept of the show is to find a new solo recording artist where the winner is determined by the viewers. The winning contestant receives a record deal with a major label. Former American Idol winners include Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips and Candice Glover.