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Erika Van Pelt

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States (2012 – present)

Erika Van Pelt (born December 12, 1985 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States) is an American singer from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. She was one of the Top 13 finalists for the eleventh season of American Idol 2012. She was eliminated on March 22, 2012 and came in 10th place.

Van Pelt was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2002, she moved to South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Van Pelt sang at church in the children’s choir and at the age of seven was singing solos with the adult choir.

Van Pelt went to South Kingstown High School and joined the vocal jazz ensemble and chorus and was involved in musical theatre. She was in groups that received first places at the Rhode Island All State Jazz Choir, Rhode Island All-State Chorus, All New England Chorus and All-Eastern Chorus competitions. She was a founding member of a cappella group called SoundCheck.

Van Pelt attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and studied jazz, rock, pop and soul along with production and engineering.

After college, in 2005, Van Pelt launched her own company, VP Entertainment, a full-service mobile DJ company, and became an independent contractor with Kaleidoscope Kabaret, performing throughout New England at major venues including Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun. She performs part-time with The Sultans of Swing, and is a performing partner of Fairhaven Entertainment and Boston Swing.

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