The acclaimed singer-songwriter-actress debuted on Broadway originating the role of Nala/The Lion King in 1997. She later created the title role/Elton John’s Aida, for which she won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award. Other Broadway credits include First You Dream, Dreamgirls, Il Divo: A Musical Affair—The Greatest Songs of Broadway, and The Color Purple. Headley has also appeared in the City Center Encores production of Do Re Mi and the Actors Fund Benefit concert version of Dreamgirls. In London she starred in The Bodyguard, garnering Olivier Award and What’s On Stage Award nominations. Among other important credits are concerts in Britain and Italy with Andrea Bocelli. Headley has recorded four solo albums, winning a Grammy Award in 2010 for “Audience of One” (Best Contemporary Gospel R&B Album). Among her television appearances are The Kennedy Center Presents: The Mark Twain Prize (PBS) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as recurring roles on She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix), Chicago Med (NBC), and currently Sweet Magnolias (Netflix).

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