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Erika Van Pelt from "American Idol 2012" is rumored to be one of the top 42 contestants in Season 11 of the FOX reality singing competition. She sang "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" by Carol King for her audition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All three judges voted yes to send her to Hollywood.

Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, singer, songwriter and musician Erika Van Pelt ("American Idol") began singing along with her sister every Sunday at church as members of the new children's choir. By the time she was seven years old, Erika's vocal talents afforded her the distinct honor of singing solo with the adult choir.

While attending South Kingstown High School, Erika placed first in the state for several years in the Rhode Island All State Jazz Choir, Rhode Island All-State Chorus, All New England Chorus, and All-Eastern Chorus competitions. A proud member of the Chorus of Westerly for several years, and a founding member of a cappella group called SoundCheck, Erika discovered her additional passions for arranging and writing.

Following high school, Erika attended the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Exploring her eclectic taste in music, she studied jazz, rock, pop, and soul genres along with production and engineering. Post Berklee, in 2005, Erika launched her own company, VP Entertainment, a full-service DJ/Karaoke company, and became an independent contractor with Kaleidoscope Kabaret, performing throughout New England at major venues including Foxwoods Resort and Casino and Mohegan Sun.

Erika is currently the lead female singer for the band Wayz and Means, performs part-time with The Sultans of Swing, and is a performing partner of Fairhaven Entertainment and Boston Swing. Her recent major live performances include the national production "If You're Irish" and the annual "Chance to Dance" shows at the Providence Performing Arts Center, as well "Boston Swing" with Mark Maher at the famous Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts.

She earns her living as a mobile DJ and wedding singer.

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Where does Erika Van Pelt live? Find out here.

Age: ∼28 years old
Birthplace: Providence, RI
Current Residence: South County, RI

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