What’s there to say about pop sensation La’Porsha Renae? During, and especially after, her stint on American Idol, she is our hometown heroine. She overcame a number of hardships to make it on stage, where she blew away her competition week after week.
After her college graduation at the age of 22, Renae was a victim of domestic abuse. After a year, she separated from her husband and moved to McComb with her one-month-old daughter Nayalee Keya. Accompanied by her daughter, she returned to audition for American Idol in Little Rock, Arkansas and earned her golden ticket by performing in front of the judges with Radiohead’s “Creep”. Renae was announced as the final runner-up on April 7, 2016.
Hours after the end of the American Idol, Renae announced that she had been signed to Big Machine and Motown Records. American Idol mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO, Scott Borchetta told Billboard the reason for the signing is “because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol.”