Actress and singer Keala Settle is the breakout star of 20th Century Fox’s, The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman. The Hawaii native’s performance of the film’s Oscar-nominated song “This Is Me” became an explosive anthem of self-acceptance, propelling the soundtrack to the top of the charts worldwide and reaching #1 on the UK’s charts for a record smashing 28 weeks (surpassing the prior record holder, Adele’s album, 21, by 7 weeks). In 2019, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media The year before, Settle’s “This Is Me” earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
Settle’s electrifying live performances of “This Is Me” have stunned audiences on The Today Show, X-Factor, The Graham Norton Show, and The Ellen Show, as well as received universal praise and a standing ovation for her performance at the 2018 Academy Awards. Settle brought the entire audience to their feet with a performance that The New York Times applauded as “commanding” and a perfect summation of “what became the themes of the night – diversity, empowerment, [and] inclusion.” Embodying these values, Settle has been celebrated for performing the powerful hit single in support of important causes at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival and Hopeland Gala. Her performance of the song at Clive Davis’ 2019 Grammy Party is also enjoying massive acclaim from fans and critics alike.
“Keala Settle delivers powerhouse performance of ‘This Is Me’ at the Oscars” – Entertainment Weekly
“Her bold, theatrical voice was at the forefront of the emotional song…encompass[ing] the festival’s message of inclusivity and individuality” – Billboard
“Settle’s powerhouse vocals and spirited choreography shook the Dolby Theatre” – MTV
“The Greatest Showman’s Keala Settle Slays ‘Seasons of Love’ in Rent Live” – People
In December 2017, she released her debut EP “Chapter One,” a compilation of contemporary R&B infused covers, including her interpretation of Bette Midler’s “The Rose.” She is currently working on her upcoming debut solo full-length album, which will be released soon. Keala Settle effortlessly bridges the space between the Motown soul queen and modern pop star, thanks to her iconic voice and her unwavering confidence, and she is just getting started!