Ayla Marie Brown (born July 28, 1988) is an American recording artist from Wrentham, Massachusetts and former NCAA basketball player. She was a contestant on American Idol on season 5 in 2006 and placed inside the Top 16. Shortly after the season’s conclusion, Brown attended Boston College on a full basketball scholarship, and graduated in 2010 with a communications degree.
Brown finished her high school career as one of the top female basketball players in Massachusetts history, scoring 2,358 career points. This made her the sixth place all-time leading scorer in Massachusetts basketball history, male or female.In addition, she is a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year and was named the top female basketball player in Massachusetts. Brown finished her senior season as the captain of the Noble and Greenough School girls’ basketball team, missing her last few games to compete on the fifth season of American Idol.
American Idol (2006)
Brown auditioned for American Idol at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in the summer of 2005 before advancing to the judges’ round in Boston. She was eliminated from the show on March 9, 2006.