Melissa Christine McGhee (born September 14, 1984 in Tampa, Florida) is an American singer and was the 12th place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. Born in Tampa, Florida, Melissa began singing at four years old. Both of her parents have spent time in jail; her father has been arrested 30 times and her mother has been arrested twenty times. McGhee is the oldest of four children, and one of her siblings, Crystal Johnson, is also a singer and has signed a recording contract with Divercity Records under the artist name of LIL' Crystal. McGhee graduated from Sickles High School in 2003. Prior to being a contestant on the popular singing competition American Idol, she participated in various beauty pageants. In 2003, McGhee had auditioned for the second season of American Idol, but didn't advance through the early audition rounds. In 2005, McGhee decided to audition again.