Tag Archive: American Idol

Nicki Minaj

American Idol has never been the same since Nicki Minaj took over judging for the twelfth season. The rapper from Trinidad has always danced to the beat of her own drum. Her debut album Pink Friday made her the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard 100 at the same time. Roman Reloaded her second album with “Starships” as a single became her highest peaking song on the charts and took her around the world on tour.

The reality game show American Idol has been one of the most successful shows on public television ever. Many major recording artists have come from the competition including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson. The current season has Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban along with Minaj on the judging panel.

Love her or hate her she has become one of the most controversial personalities on television currently and always gives people something to talk about.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Nicki. Happy pink Monday to you.

Nicki Minaj: Thank you.

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Sandra Bernhard 2

Comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard is heading to the City Winery for two nights to start off the New Year spotlighting her recent work entitled I Love Being Me, Don’t You?

Her Oscar nominated role in Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy brought her into the public eye halinh back to 1983. Playing the first openly gay character on the sitcom Roseanne led to other shows including The L Word, Hot In Cleveland, and Will & Grace.

Bernhard has written three books and sings live regularly. She has opened for acts such as Cyndi Lauper and the Scissor Sisters. If you haven’t heard her rendition of “Midnight Train to Georgia” then you have missed the boat.

Nunn on the Run caught up with her before an upcoming Joe’s Pub gig and trip to Chicago.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Sandra. It’s been years since I’ve seen you in Chicago.

Sandra Bernhard: Well, it’s time to get back there, that’s for darn sure. Here I am, ready to roll…
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Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken broke out into the world of music and television on the second season of American Idol. His first release Measure of a Man sold more copies in its first week than Madonna and Beyonce’s debut albums combined.

He wrote a best selling book Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life and released Merry Christmas With Love in the same week.

Aiken caught the acting bug on Drop Dead Diva and headed to Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Steadfast is his most recent album being released this year to highlight his appearance on Celebrity Apprentice where he landed second place.

Nunn tracked him down to chat a bit about his current projects and upcoming show.

Jerry Nunn: Hey, Clay. Are you out on tour?

Clay Aiken: I am. I’m in New York right now.
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David Hernandez

There’s a new Dancing Queen in town and its right on river this time, at the Riverfront Theatre that is. This ABBA Tribute show goes back in time to celebrate disco featuring a tribute to Donna Summer and don’t forget Saturday Night Fever. Let the polyester rain down as headliner American Idol alumni David Hernandez leads the cast that will have you dancing up and down the aisles.

Hernandez hails from the seventh season of Fox’s American Idol making twelfth place in the competition. This Phoenix born Mexican American pulled up a chair down by the river after his first day of rehearsal to help figure out the man behind the music.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, David. You started singing when you are really young, correct?

David Hernandez: I started when I was about six.

JN: What were you singing at six years old?
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Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks first came to public attention on the television show American Idol winning the sixth season and still remains the youngest and last female to win the competition. Her self-titled album released shortly after landed two top ten singles with “Tattoo” and “No Air.” Her second record Battlefield continued the success by making her the first Idol contestant to have all five first singles released reach the top ten chart.

She branched out into acting with a few television appearances then took on Broadway with In the Heights. Her latest project combines both worlds with the remake of the musical Sparkle.

Sparkle was inspired by The Supremes with a trio of sisters trying to make it in the music business. It features Whitney Houston in her final film playing her mother.

Sparks talked to Nunn the week of the film’s release.

Jerry Nunn: Good morning, Jordin. Are you tired? It is really early in the morning.

Jordin Sparks: Yes, I am.
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Frenchie Davis

Frenchie Davis recently came out of the closet. This R&B belter is known for her appearances on televisions American Idol and The Voice. She moved on to many musicals from Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. I recently spoke with her before her show at Pridefest.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Frenchie. I met you backstage at Market Days last year and you liked my glasses, you are the sweetest! Are you ready for another hot Chicago summer?

FD: (Frenchie Davis) Yes I am!  I love coming to Chicago for Pride.  I’m so excited!

JN: Will you be singing “Love’s Got a Hold On Me?”

FD: Yes I will be.  I can’t wait to sing it for you guys!
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Kimberley Locke

Born and raised in Tennessee, Kimberley Locke came to fame after appearing on the American Idol television series in 2003. She finished third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. She later appeared on season three and seven. She continued her television trend appearing on Celebrity Fit Club for VH1.

She brought her latest EP Four For The Floor to Roscoe’s Tavern and we chatted backstage after the show going back to our roots for the holidays!

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Kimberley. I am so excited about our mutual Tennessee connection. Where were you born?

Kimberley Locke: I was born in Portland, Tennessee. It is just north of Gallatin.

JN: My parents live in Gallatin. That is very country.

KL: I grew up on a farm. I’m a country girl who was feeding chickens and ducks.
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