I'm a self-professed "American Idol" watcher. Most music nerds don't find it to be a producer of great music, but I totally beg to differ. Voting politics have gotten in the way of the most talented person winning the contest, but America has gotten it right before. I have many favorite female contestants, 2 of which (Tamyra Gray & LaToya London) should be much bigger than what they are, but that's another conversation. Here's a short list of songs I LOVE from Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia (who has new album out!), Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson & Katharine McPhee. Enjoy.
Katharine McPhee-Love Story
Jennifer Hudson-All Dressed in Love (Sex & The City SDTK).
Katharine-Not Your Girl. Kat's debut album is pretty lovely; check it out.