La'Porsha Renae

La'Porsha Renae
Birth name La'Porsha Renae Jennings
Born (1993-08-01) August 1, 1993
McComb, Mississippi, United States
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2016–Present
Associated acts Trent Harmon, Jordan Sasser, Kayce Haynes, Lindita

La'Porsha Renae Jennings (born August 1, 1993) is an American singer from McComb, Mississippi. In 2015, she auditioned for the fifteenth and final season of American Idol. On April 7, 2016, she finished as runner-up on the show, behind winner Trent Harmon.[1]


At age 16, Renae tried out for the tenth season American Idol. After her college graduation at the age of 22, Renae was a victim of domestic abuse. After a year, she separated from her husband and moved to McComb with her one month old daughter Nayalee Keya.

American Idol

Accompanied by her daughter, she returned to audition for American Idol in Little Rock, Arkansas and earned her golden ticket by performing in front of the judges with Radiohead's "Creep". Renae was announced as the runner-up on April 7, 2016.


Week Theme Song(s) Original artist(s) Result
Auditions Contestant's choice "Creep" Radiohead Advanced
Hollywood Week, Part 1 First Solo "Roar" Katy Perry Advanced
Hollywood Week, Part 2 Group Round "Stayin' Alive" Bee Gees
Hollywood Week, Part 3 Second Solo Not aired
Final Judgment Final Solo "The House of the Rising Sun" The Animals Advanced
Top 24 Contestant's choice "Proud Mary" Tina Turner Advanced
Top 10 Contestant's choice "Diamonds" Rihanna Safe
Top 8 Idol Grammy Hits "Halo" Beyoncé Safe
Top 6 American Idol All Time Song Book "See You Again"
(duet with Trent Harmon)
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth Safe
"Come Together" The Beatles
Top 5 America's Twitter Song Choice "Ready for Love" India.Arie Safe
"No More Drama" Mary J. Blige
Top 4 Classic Rock "Wanted Dead or Alive" Bon Jovi Bottom 2
Sia "Elastic Heart" Sia
Top 3 Hometown Dedication "Glory" Common and John Legend Safe
Scott Borchetta's Choice "Stay With Me" Lorraine Ellison
Judges' Choice "Hello" Adele
Top 2 Winner's single "Battles" La'Porsha Renae Runner-Up
Simon Fuller's Choice "A House Is Not a Home" Dionne Warwick
Favorite Performance "Diamonds" Rihanna
Finale Finale show "It Takes Two"
(duet with Trent Harmon)
Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

Post Idol

Hours after the end of the American Idol, Renae announced that she had been signed to Big Machine and Motown Records.[2] American Idol mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO, Scott Borchetta told Billboard the reason for the signing is "Because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol,." Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of MoTown Records will oversee Renae's album. In a post-Idol interview about her plans Renae indicated she would be leaving Mississippi, and when asked about the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, an anti-LGBT law in her home state she said "I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way."[3][4] Renae's single "Battles" debuted at number 22 on the US R&B singles chart with a first week sales total of 7,000.



List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
R&B Digital
"Battles" 2016 22 Non-album single

Live Performances

La'Porsha Renae first performance live was on Kelly and Michael promoting her "winner single" on American Idol Season 15 "Battles" which reached its peak at #22 on US R&B Digital Charts.


  1. Slezak, Michael (April 7, 2016). "American Idol Series Finale Recap: Did the Right Contestant Win? Plus: TVLine's Series Finale Awards!". TV Line Media, LLC. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. Shirley Halperin, Fred Bronson (April 7, 2016). "'American Idol' Winner & Runner-Up Both Have Label Deals: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  3. Avery, Dan. ""American Idol" Finalist La'Porsha Renae: "I Don't Really Agree With The LGBT Lifestyle"". NewNowNext. Logo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  4. Smith, Nigel M. "American Idol's La'Porsha Renae draws anger for anti-LGBT comments". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. Kevin Rutherford (April 13, 2016). "'American Idol' Finalists MacKenzie Bourg & Dalton Rapattoni Debut on Rock Charts". Billboard.
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