Heather Headley is an R&B singer, songwriter, producer and actress. She got her start on Broadway and in 1997 she originated the role of Nala in the hit Broadway musical The Lion King
. She then went on to play the first Aida in the Broadway musical and earned a Tony Award for Best Actress in 2000. Due to her stage success she decided to release an album in 2002, This Is Who I Am
, and though it only achieved moderate commercial success, Headley earned two Grammy nominations for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best New Artist. In 2010, Headley earned her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her album Audience of One.