Peggi Blu is an American actress, singer and vocal coach. She is the 1986 "Star Search Grand Champion (Female Vocalist)" winner[1] and the winner of the 2013 "Malibu Music Awards" ("Vocal Coach Of The Year") award.[2] She is best known as an American Idol judge and vocal coach'".[3]

Peggi Blu
Background information
Birth namePeggi Blu
Also known asPeggy Blue, Peggi Blue, Peggy Blu
BornLumberton, North Carolina, United States
vocal coach
Years active1973–present
Associated actsStephanie Mills

Early lifeEdit

Blu was born in Lumberton North Carolina and began singing at the age of 3. A relocation to New York city at the age of 14 with her uncle Bishop Walter L. Benton and his choir opened the way to her professional career. Due to constant bookings and a demand for her vocals she was home-schooled.


Her career as a session background singer began in 1973 with Archie Shepp's "Rest Enough (Song To Mother)",[4] from his "The Cry Of My People" album. Session work continued throughout the 1970s with artists such as Elkie Brooks, Esther Phillips, and Louis Farrakhan.[5] In 1980, she landed her first major label contract with MCA Records.

In 1987, the album Blu Blowin' produced two minor R&B/hip hop hits with "Tender Moments"[6] and "All The Way With You".[7]

2000 and currentEdit

In September 2002, Blu released her third album, Livin' On Love, on Expansion Records.[8] In 2006, Blu was featured on the short-lived ABC TV show "Miracle Workers" alongside good friend Charles Valentino.[9] In 2007, Blu did backing vocals and vocal arrangements for the soundtrack to Adam Sandler's "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry".[citation needed]

In 2010, Blu recorded with Danish/German duo Cool Million on their album "Back For More", which led to her appearance on their 2012 album "III".[10] In 2011-2012, Blu was a judge and vocal coach on American Idol.[11]

Selected appearances discographyEdit

  • 1973 Archie Schepp-The Cry Of My People
  • 1974 Lou Courtney-I'm In Need Of Love
  • 1976 Esther Phillips w/Beck-For All We Know
  • 1977 Elkie Brooks-Two Days Away
  • 1980 Minister Louis Farrakhan-Heed The Call Y'all
  • 1980 Various- Fame (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)
  • 1982 Stephanie Mills-Tantalizingly Hot
  • 1983 The Weather Girls- Success
  • 1983 Stephanie Mills- Merciless
  • 1985 Bob Dylan- Empire Burlesque
  • 1985 Robin Clark-Surrender
  • 1986 Various – Star Search The Winners Album
  • 1986 Brian Setzer-The Knife Feels Like Justice
  • 1986 Bob Dylan-Knocked Out Loaded
  • 1987 Ronee Martin-Sensation
  • 1988 Barbra Streisand-Till I Loved You
  • 1988 Bob Dylan-Down In The Groove
  • 1989 The Manhattans-Sweet Talk
  • 1989 Quincy Jones-Back On The Block
  • 1989 Tracy Chapman-Crossroads
  • 1989 Various-Urban Cruising (Duet w/Bert Robinson)
  • 1989 Bianca-Forever
  • 1990 Thelma Houston-Throw You Down
  • 1990 Kylie Minogue-Rhythm Of Love
  • 1990 Laura Branigan-Laura Branigan
  • 1992 Leonard Cohen-The Future
  • 1992 Various-Expansions Soul Sauce Vol. 1 (Love Is The Magic)
  • 1993 Young M.C.-What's The Flavor?
  • 1993 Sonya Barry-The World Is Like A Shadow
  • 1995 Melissa Manchester-If My Heart Had Wings
  • 1996 Christopher Young-Set It Off (Original Motion Picture Score)
  • 1999 Various-Vibrafinger
  • 2002 Young M.C.-Engage The Enzyme
  • 2004 Ron Dante-Saturday Night Blast
  • 2010 Various-Christmas At Sedsoul (The Christmas Song)
  • 2010 Cool Million- Back For More (I See You)
  • 2012 Cool Million- III (When We Loved & What About You)

Main albums discographyEdit

  • 1980 I Got Love (MCA Records)
  • 1987 Blu Blowin (Capitol Records)
  • 2002 Livin' On Love (Expansions)


  1. ^ Company, Johnson Publishing (March 17, 1986). Jet Magazine. pp. 40, 60.
  2. ^ "6th Annual Malibu Music Awards".
  3. ^ "Peggi Blu Bio".
  4. ^ "The Cry Of My People".
  5. ^ "Peggi Blu Credits".
  6. ^ "Billboard Chart History".
  7. ^ "AllMusic Guide".
  8. ^ "Expansion Records".
  9. ^ "Peggi Blu News Archives".
  10. ^ "AllMusic Guide".
  11. ^ Carpio, Anthony Clark (2017-03-28). "Who's the best young singer in Burbank? This contest aims to find out". LA Times. Retrieved 2019-08-18.

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