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MELINDA DOOLITTLE, 29

Brentwood, Tenn.
The ex-backup singer for CeCe Winans and Aaron Neville has a growing fan base. "She recently opened her MySpace page and saw over 700 messages," says Tiffany Wills, a friend since junior high. And Winans has no trouble seeing why: "She's a standout," says the gospel star. "She'd be an excellent role model."