Then: From the moment of her audition, it was clear Tamyra Gray had something special, as she nailed Mariah Carey‘s ‘Vision of Love.’ The former Miss Atlanta beauty queen even wowed sourpuss Simon Cowell, who called her “amazing” from the get-go. Even though she was a favorite, Gray unfortunately got cut after excelling to the Top 4, despite the fact that the vocal diva’s performance of ‘Feel the Fire‘ was spot on.
Now: Post ‘American Idol,’ Gray was signed to 19 Records and released her self-written debut album ‘The Dreamer,’ featuring her biggest hit to date ‘Raindrops Will Fall.’ She also landed a feature on Kelly Clarkson’s debut album and wrote the No. 1 track ‘I Believe’ for Fantasia Barrino, but she also blossomed in the world of acting. She had a recurring role on ‘Boston Public,’ and nestled in nicely on Broadway, acting in shows like ‘Rent.’ Gray also had a role in ‘Rachel Getting Married’ back in 2008, and has scored modeling gigs for brands like H&M.