Melinda Doolittle Shares Experience in A New Book

Like Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks and Sanjaya Malakar before her, Season 6 Idol, Melinda Doolittle has written a memoir, set to be released on May 4

Via Press Release

Melinda Doolittle, acclaimed recording artist and star of American Idol, believes that her own success and personal joy are directly proportional to her investment in encouraging and nurturing others. This theme is at the heart of her new book, Beyond Me, coming to bookstores nationwide May 4, 2010 and featuring a foreword by American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks.

Doolittle, who became a star on season six of American Idol, shares poignant, often humorous stories, revealing the secrets of her success and giving practical guidance to overcome personal obstacles to achieve the next level in any area of life.

Doolittle adds, “I haven’t just sat back and let life throw at me whatever it will. Instead – and this has been key – I’ve always worked to find my way to life’s next level.”

Idol memoirs tend to be interesting only to their fans. I dig Melinda, but I’m not sure I care enough to read an account of her young life. Melinda will star as The Narrator in an upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, beginning March 1.

The book will be released by Zondervan, a Christian imprint of the HarperCollins company.

Another Idol memoir will also be released May 4: David Archuleta’s Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance.

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  1. I’ve pre-ordered David Archuleta’s book and according to many of his fan sites, it appears others have too! I like Melinda and bought her album. I like her backup to star story but don’t know if I’ll buy her book. I was a little disappointed that she only did covers on her album after waiting two years for her album. I’m happy to see her happy. Hope she is satisfied with her progression.

  2. I wonder how many books the publisher needs to sell to make the publication, distribution, and advertisement profitable?

    Melinda is about 30 and seems mature enough to write something–also it seems like it might be a religious-angled memoir (publisher is a Christian publications division of Harper-Collins). But David is only 19. He had that problem with his vocal chord when he was about 14, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for a book. He does have a personal life philosophy that could be inspirational–personal achievement helps one give to others; darkness leads to dawn; there’s always a way to move forward; all those post-its in Danny’s video. (I mean, when he’s home, he visits the elderly in his neighborhood because he benefits from the wisdom of their life stories–I doubt Justin Bieber is doing that in his spare time.) Maybe the intended audience of David’s book is young teenagers?

    They both seen like good people. I hope their publications are well received.

  3. Chord in music=any set of harmonically related notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. I think the title is a metaphor Chords of strength: soul, song and power of peseverance .
    David Archuleta said when the offer was made, he thought he was too young to write a memoir. When they explained how his story of his vocal paralysis and other life experiences,accomplishments might help others, he decided to go for it. He accepted the opportunity.
    I think he has found writing a journal and telling his story from his point of view is important to him.

  4. David Archuleta is writing a memoir? Seems kind of young for a memoir — he’s still a teenager. JMO, but I think a person should have a lot more life experience before they attempt a memoir. In his case, it’s going to be a very short book.

    Or is this meant to be targeted to kids? That might make more sense.

  5. No I do not think David’s memoir will be targeted towards kids. He was approached to do a memoir by Celebris press (a Hispanic division of Penguin books). David lost his voice around age 12/13 right when he was starting to believe in himself and believe that people maybe enjoyed his voice. I think his book, like his speeches, will be inspirational and be about dreams and the determination to reach them. I preordered it.

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