Paris Bennett (August 21, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter born in Rockford, Illinois. Performing at an early age she was guided musically by her mother, Jamecia Bennet (actress and solo artist), and her grandmother, Ann Nesby (lead singer of the Sounds of Blackness).
2003, Bennett attended Edina High School where she played Dorothy in the school’s production of, “The Wiz”. In 2004, Paris relocated to Fayetteville, Georgia and started her senior year at Starr’s Mill High School. After graduating High School Paris had hopes of studying Gynecology and really had no plans on pursuing music. It wasn’t until her grandmother, Ann Nesby, encouraged her to try out for Season 5 of American Idol, which gained her a “Golden Ticket” to Hollywood.
In 2006, Bennett became a contestant on one of the most popular shows in the history of American television, American Idol. Paris took 5th place along the side with Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin, Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry. Season five still remains the highest rated season in the show’s run thus far with the most productive and successful recording artist the show has ever generated.
The “Princess P” debut album was released in 2007 on TVT Records in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The album made No. 1 on the US Top Heatseekers chart and took on some notable producers such as Jon Jon Traxx (Beyonce, Mary J., etc.) Daren Lighty (Nas, Donell Jones etc.) and Rodney Jerkins (Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, etc.).
2008, Paris released her first Christmas album, “ A Royal Christmas”. Included was a couple of standards as well as original tracks, “The Holla Day Shuffle” which was written by her mother Jamecia Bennett. Later that year, she was featured at the 24th San Diego Men’s Chorus’ (SDMC) holiday show. Also, she featured herself in the PlayStation game, Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore and American Idol Encore 2. An interactive singing competition game series, that allows players to compete online for a high score in singing selected song.
In 2009, “Idol Tonight” interviewed Paris on the red carpet for TV Guide Network while she chatted about her upcoming single as well as her excitement for American Idol finale.
Throughout the years Paris has ventured in many aspects of the Entertainment Industry. Performing in one of the world’s most well known stage production, “Rent” as Mimi Cover sharing the stage along side Jamacia Bennett. This opportunity lead her into many other project which include taking on the role of Elyse in a movie called “Mama, I want to Sing!” with Lynn Whitefield and Grammy Award Winning Ciara and Patti LaBelle.
2012 will be a great year, Tyler Perry’s “Aunt Bam’s Palce” will be released on DVD in which you can find Paris playing Mona. A much younger wife of Stewart who comes to visit Aunt Bam and ends up confronting his drunk ex-wife.
Keep your eyes open for the much anticipated single release, “Would You Be Here” and “Opposites Attract” . Exclusive news and interviews can be heard on Twitter and Facebook.