A Foodie Truly Finding Her Groove
It was just ten years ago in January of 2004 when America was introduced to “The Three Divas,” on the third season of Fox’s “American Idol” who would individually go on to successful careers both in music and theater. Read More
"LaToya I would also give a record contract to straight away. I thought she was impeccable."
- elton john
American Idol Finalist
Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple
NAACP Theater Award Nominee
Singer / Actress / Songwriter
An undeniable presence whose talent even managed to silence the razor sharp tongue of none-other than American Idol!s most infamous judge, Simon Cowell. Cowell!s silence was only matched by his candor as he coined the term “The Three Divas” when discussing Fantasia Barrio, Jennifer Hudson and La Toya London, and hailed La Toya as the odds-on favorite to win that year's competition. aNever one to rest on her laurels, La Toya expanded her artistry and sought to capture the attention of audiences everywhere. Her delivery of Nettie, the spirited and infectious sister of Celie in Broadwy!s first national tour of Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple musical, was met with rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, prompting the NAACP to recognize La Toya as a leading figure in the theater industry.
The immediate fame that reality TV can provide can be overwhelming for some, but La Toya!s star power proved steadfast as a number of record labels, who had fallen under the hypnotic spell of this young Chanteuse', endeavored to have La Toya record for them. Ultimately, Peak Records won the “prize” and signed La Toya to a recording deal. Their collaboration lead to 2005!s debut album, Love & Life, which debuted in the Billboard Top 100. The album spawned 3 successful singles, Appreciate featuring Black Thought from The Roots, Every Part of Me, and the Adult Contemporary Top 40 hit, State of My Heart. It wasn!t long before the talk show circuit too was smitten by the allure of La Toya London as her rounds about town included engaging appearances on Larry King Live, David Letterman, Regis & Kelly, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.
London!s magnetism is obvious and though being honored for her work is rewarding, it is not where she finds her deepest appreciation; her social activism with respect to underprivileged children in the urban community provides not only her greatest challenge, but grandest reward. Armed with philanthropic ideals long before celebrity found her, it wasn!t a surprise when London accepted an invitation to sit on the Board of Directors for The Richmond/Earmet AIDS Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established to raise funds for AIDS service provider agencies through the production of quality entertainment events.
La Toya London is a star, which is obvious to anyone who takes the time to meet her, but it is her humility, her ability to not allow stardom to affect her person that truly allows her star to resonate and shine brightest.
In addition to this LaToya also won:
- An Ovation Award "Featured Actress in a Musical" in 2012 for her role as "Shug Avery" in the Color Purple.
- 2013 Best Ensemble Winner "LA Weekly Theater Award" "Silence!" The Musical
- 2013 "Entertainer of the Year" Winner for the Bay Area Music Awards
- 2013 "Entertainer of the Year" Winner from the Oral Lee Brown Foundation
- Featured Star in Calvin Gilmore's The Carolina Opry 2013
"LaToya, I got two words for you... Power House!" - Quentin Tarantino
"LaToya, you make me proud to be a songwriter. Great... just great." - Barry Manilow
"You are, I think, the best singer in the competition." - Simon Cowell
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