Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Genres Pop music
|Years active 2014-present|
TV shows American Idol
Name MK Nobilette
|Birth name Michaela Anne Nobilette|
Born August 20, 1993 (age 22) San Francisco, California, United States (1993-08-20)
Labels Velvet Rhythm Entertainment (2014-present)
Similar People Ruben Studdard, David Cook, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe
Interview with mk nobilette american idol xiii finalist 10
Michaela Anne Nobilette (born August 20, 1993), also Emkay Brazil, most commonly known as MK Nobilette is an American singer from San Francisco, California, who finished in tenth place on the thirteenth season of American Idol.
- Interview with mk nobilette american idol xiii finalist 10
- Mk nobilette singing to make you feel my love season 13 xiii top 11 finalist
- Musical influences
- 2014 present American Idol
- Personal life
She is the first finalist to be openly gay going into the top contestants round, and the only openly gay female to compete in the finals.
She did not appear in the American Idol 2014 Finale due to feeling ill at the time.
Mk nobilette singing to make you feel my love season 13 xiii top 11 finalist
She cited her earliest musical influence as The Little Mermaid, and more recently soul singer and musician Allen Stone.
2014-present: American Idol
Nobilette was one of 75,000 contestants to audition for the thirteenth season of American Idol. She sang for the initial cattle call judges at San Francisco's AT&T Park in July 2013 along with approximately 1,000 other hopefuls. She became one of the top 13 finalists in February 2014. She has been praised for her "vocal ability and likable demeanor" as well as her "soulful rasp."
When flown into Hollywood for the next rounds of the competition, Nobilette was one of many contestants who had to "sing for their lives" in a special "Hollywood or Home" round to see if they would go through right there, or be put back on the plane. Contestants were eliminated soon after they landed at LAX airport before they would get to proceed to Hollywood. The celebrity judges, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, were uncertain of 52 contestants, each was asked to perform solo in an airplane hangar, with 32 ultimately sent back to the airport.
Although the judges showed support, and generally praised her, Nobilette was in the bottom rankings with the public votes in the first weeks of the combined men and women shows. In the Top 13 and Top 12 shows she was among the bottom three. For the Top 11 week, "Songs from the Cinema," the results of which would determine the top ten finalists, who would be included on the annual American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014, Nobilette performed "Make You Feel My Love." Two covers of the song, one each from Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood, were featured on the soundtrack of the film Hope Floats (1998). The original was by Bob Dylan, and Nobilette stated she performed the song in a recital during her time in high school, and loved most of the covers of the song.
In the fall of 2014, it was reported that Nobilette signed a record deal with Velvet Rhythm Entertainment, a San Francisco-based label. Her debut single "Make Believe" was released on May 12, 2015.
Nobilette was adopted and raised by two lesbian women and is publicly out as lesbian, which she talked about during her initial audition for the American Idol celebrity judges, which was aired. She stated to the judges, "I'm very obviously gay, and there are always going to be people in America and everywhere else who are definitely going to hate me. But I think in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing." She is the first finalist to be openly gay going into the top contestants round; other contestants were not public with their information, and came out publicly after their finals. Her moms separated when she was four, and both now have girlfriends, resulting in a large extended family, which Nobilette characterized as "very San Francisco."
She lives in San Francisco, previously with her girlfriend Casey Ellis, who is also her vocal coach, and accompanist. The couple regularly serenaded one another. In a "5 Things" segment she noted that she has played soccer all her life and also enjoys snowboarding. Nobilette is currently a student. Nobilette and Ellis have split since Nobilette's Idol appearances.
Nobilette was raised Jewish. She graduated high school in 2012 from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (Vocal department).