Heather Headley is a Tony-winning actress, currently starring as Shug Avery alongside Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.|
She made her Broadway debut as Nala in Disney's The Lion King in 1997 and went on to star in the title role of Aida in 2000, for which she won the Tony Award for "Best Actress in a Musical." She also originated the role of Rachel Marron in the West End premiere of The Bodyguard in 2012, earning her her first Olivier Award nomination.
She also appeared off-Broadway in the Encores! production of Do Re Mi in 1999.
As a recording artist, she has released four studio albums to date: This Is Who I Am (2002), In My Mind (2006), Audience of One (2009), and Only One in the World (2012). She won a Grammy Award in 2010 for "Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album" and has earned a further three Grammy nominations over the years.