Heather Headley is a Trinidadian-born American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
Headley was born in Trinidad, the daughter of Hannah and Eric Headley (Barbadian). In 1989, she moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the United States at the age of fifteen with her mother and brother Eric Junior when her father was offered a job as pastor of McKee Street Church of God with headquarters in Anderson, Indiana.
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Headley attended Northrop High School, and was a member of their resident show choir, Charisma, and starred as Fanny Brice in the school’s production of Funny Girl. After graduating from Northrop High School, Headley attended Northwestern University from 1993 to 1996, to study communications and musical theatre until the last day of her junior year, when she made the decision to become a part of the musical Ragtime and drop out of school.
Headley regularly performs with Vertical Church Band, the worship team from Harvest Bible Chapel. She is featured in their song “How Great Is The Love” and “All Glory”.
She won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the titular role of Aida. She also won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her album Audience of One. In 2018, she recurred as Gwen Garrett on the NBC medical drama television series Chicago Med.
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