Michaela Anne Nobilette (born August 20, 1993), also Emkay Brazil, most commonly known as MK Nobilette is an American singer from San Francisco, California, who finished in tenth place on the thirteenth season of American Idol.
She cited her earliest musical influence as The Little Mermaid, and more recently soul singer and musician Allen Stone.
Nobilette was one of 75,000 contestants to audition for the thirteenth season of American Idol. She sang for the initial cattle call judges at San Francisco’s AT&T Park in July 2013 along with approximately 1,000 other hopefuls. She became one of the top 13 finalists in February 2014. She has been praised for her “vocal ability and likable demeanor” as well as her “soulful rasp.
Nobilette was adopted and raised by two lesbian women and is publicly out as lesbian, which she talked about during her initial audition for the American Idol celebrity judges, which was aired. She stated to the judges, “I’m very obviously gay, and there are always going to be people in America and everywhere else who are definitely going to hate me. But I think in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.” She is the first finalist to be openly gay going into the top contestants round; other contestants were not public with their information, and came out publicly after their finals. Her moms separated when she was four, and both now have girlfriends, resulting in a large extended family, which Nobilette characterized as “very San Francisco.”