Paris Ana’is Bennett (born August 21, 1988) is an American singer. She came to national recognition as a contestant on the fifth season of the reality television talent show, American Idol, finishing in fifth place. Bennett released her debut album Princess P on 306 Entertainment/TVT Records in 2007, as well as a holiday album in 2008 entitled A Royal Christmas.
Bennett was born in Rockford, Illinois, to Jamecia Venzett Bennett, former soprano vocalist of the vocal ensemble Sounds of Blackness, and current solo artist.Bennett was raised by her mother and stepfather, downtown developer Nedal “Ned” Abdul, in Edina, Minnesota. Bennett began performing at the age of six and was trained by her mother and grandmother, Ann Nesby,the former lead singer of the Sounds of Blackness.
In her audition, Bennett first performed the Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away”, and was complimented by Paula Abdul on her voice. Bennett then chose to sing “Take Five” which she mistakenly attributed to Billie Holiday (the song was composed by Paul Desmond, with the lyrics penned by his wife).Randy Jackson said that she has the lineage (referring to Nesby), Abdul called Bennett incredible, and Simon Cowell asked where she had been hiding. Bennett was given a unanimous vote to go to Hollywood.