Felicia Diana Barton (born March 6, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her appearance on the eighth season of American Idol in 2009. Since 2013, she has joined Warner-Chappell Music and Pulse Recording as a songwriter, and has co-written songs for Demi Lovato, Seohyun and Lea Michele.

Felicia Barton
Born (1982-03-06) March 6, 1982 (age 41)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.[citation needed]
GenresPop, R&B, soul, rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2008–present

Since its 2018 revival on ABC, Barton has been employed as one of the background vocalists on American Idol.[1] She has been singing with the band for the past six seasons, including 2020's virtual season throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Career edit

American Idol edit

Barton auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky. In the final round of Hollywood, Barton was eliminated by the judges. The day after the episode containing her elimination, it was announced that semi-finalist Joanna Pacitti had been disqualified, and that Barton would replace her in the Top 36. Barton performed in the third semi-finalist group, and received positive response for her performance from both the judges and commentators on the Internet. The next night, it was announced that she did not advance to the finals.

Performances/Results edit

Week Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae N/A Advanced
Hollywood Rounds, Part 1 First Solo Not aired Not aired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Rounds, Part 2 Group Performance Not aired Not aired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Rounds, Part 3 Second Solo Not aired Not aired N/A Eliminated
Top 36/Semi-final 3 Billboard Hot 100 Hits to Date "No One" Alicia Keys 8 Eliminated

Post-Idol Career edit

Lost Words (2011) edit

Barton released her debut EP, Lost Words, on September 1, 2011. It features seven pop, rock, and soul based songs.

Other ventures edit

In early 2013, Barton signed a "joint-venture publishing deal with Warner-Chappell & Pulse".[2] She has co-written songs for Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, and American Idol finalist Jena Irene. Barton has worked as a background singer on Dancing with the Stars. In July 2015, it was announced that she would perform at the Miss USA 2015 pageant.[3]

Barton became one of the background vocalists on ABC's revival of American Idol.[4] Since the sixteenth season began airing in 2018, she has joined music director Kris Pooley and the band on stage to support the contestants during performances. She is also the lead singer for the theme song of the 2017 reboot of the Disney animated series DuckTales.[5]

Personal life edit

Barton's son Malachi (b. March 10, 2007) portrayed Beast Diaz on Disney Channel's Stuck in the Middle and Colby on The Villains of Valley View.[citation needed]

Select songwriting discography edit

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2017 Kim Tae-yeon (SNSD) My Voice "Eraser" Dillon Pace, Sean Douglas
Seohyun Don't Say No "Don't Say No" Kenzie, Matthew Tishler
"Hello" (ft. Eric Nam) Andrew Underberg, Andrew Choi
2014 Jena Irene N/A "We Are One" Anne Preven, Mitch Allan
Lea Michele Louder "Cue The Rain" Lea Michele, Matt Rad, Preven
"Don't Let Go" Rad, Preven
"Gone Tonight" Michele, Preven, CJ Baran, Drew Lawrence
2013 Demi Lovato Demi "Nightingale" Demi Lovato, Rad, Preven

Discography edit

Albums edit

  • Lost Words – EP (2011)

Track Listing
No.TitleLength
1."I Need Sky"3:07
2."Lost Words"4:07
3."Catching Shadows"3:55
4."Emergency"3:27
5."Get Out"3:43
6."You Know"3:06
7."Love Has A Name"4:06

Other songs edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Meet Felicia Barton". Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "It's OFFICIAL… | Felicia Barton". Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "Miss USA announces new entertainment, judges for pageant to replace drop-outs".
  4. ^ "Artist Feature: Peter Dyer & Greg Suran @ American Idol". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (June 14, 2017). "'DuckTales' Theme Song Gets an Update for Disney XD Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2017.

External links edit