Best R&B Artist - 2006
Life got interesting for East St. Louis native DeAndrae Perryman after he competed on American Idol last year. He didn't advance as far as fellow St. Louisans Nikko Smith and Aloha Mischeaux, but his showing blew open doors of opportunity. He subsequently crooned on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas, at Disney World in Orlando and at the Savvis Center, where he sang the national anthem before a Steamers game. And oh yeah, he also contributed to the soundtrack for a video instructing women how to strip for their husbands. (See www.stripformyman.com if you don't believe us.) But Perryman's still around. While you await the release of his album, Both Sides of a Gemini, you can hear his R. Kelly-like stylings at venues such as Dreams, Plush and East St. Louis' Club Casino.