Ask TV Squad: Whatever happened to Idol's Tamyra Gray?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted May 9th 2007 12:19PM
Tamyra GraySusan recently emailed us at TV Squad to ask: What happened to Tamyra Gray? Did she have any hits? I thought that she would do well. I remembered her being in a few shows on TV. Thanks, just curious. That would be one Idol, that I'd like to see come back to guest star and sing.

Well, Susan, funny you ask. It was just announced last week that Tamyra Gray will be hitting the Broadway stage once again. She is set to join the cast of Rent in the role of Mimi Marquez. Tamyra will be with the show from May 29 to November 25. Tamyra made her Broadway debut in November 2004 in the Bollywood-inspired musical, Bombay Dreams.

As you may recall, Gray was the fourth place finisher on Idol's first season, and many thought she deserved to finish higher than she did (or at least higher than Nikki McKibben and Justin Guarini). And American Idol's 19 Entertainment must have agreed. Only one week after she was booted from the show, 19 Entertainment agreed to manage her.

The exposure from American Idol also allowed Tamyra's acting career to take off. She quickly caught the attention of David E. Kelley who cast her in a recurring role on Boston Public. Since then, Tamyra has made guest appearances on several other TV shows, including, What I Like About You, Las Vegas, and All of Us. And in 2005, Tamyra made the leap to the big screen, starring in the feature film The Gospel.

Tamyra's singing career has not been as high-profile as that of some of the other ex-Idols, but she has found moderate success, especially penning songs for other artists. She wrote "I Believe" for Season Three's winner Fantasia Barrino and "You Thought Wrong" for Kelly Clarkson. She also contributed two songs, "If You Were Mine" and "The Lover In Me," on Jessica Simpson's CD, A Public Affair, which was released in August 2006.

Tamyra did return to American Idol during Season Three to sing "Raindrops Will Fall" and "Star" from her debut album. She also appeared on Season Three's finale to sing the National Anthem.

On the personal front, Tamyra married Color Me Badd singer, Sam Watters, in September 2006.

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