Columbia, SC, USA

Alexis Jordan (born April 7, 1992), is an American singer and actress from Columbia, South Carolina. Jordan rose to fame as a contestant on the first season of America's Got Talent in 2006. After being eliminated from the show, she began to upload cover songs to YouTube, and these received millions of views. The exposure led Jordan to the attention of Norwegian production team Stargate and American rapper Jay-Z, who both went on to sign her to their label, StarRoc/Roc Nation. Her debut single, "Happiness" topped the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and the Norwegian charts and became a top-five hit in Australia and the United Kingdom in 2010. She released her self-titled debut album on February 25, 2011. In April 2011, "Happiness" belatedly reached number one in the Netherlands.