Every once in awhile I’m blown away by a contestant on the X-Factor. This week it was Lillie (Nicole)  McCloud, a 54 year old, grandmother of 7!  McCloud is no stranger to show business and previously performed alongside Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Kool and the Gang.

As a solo performer, McCloud has had a few top 10 hits on the U.S. dance charts, first in 1985 with “Don’t You Want My Love” and again in 1994 with the No. 3 charting “Runnin’ Away.” In 2002, she struck once more with the song “Search’n,” which also earned her a nomination for the International Dance Awards.

As Demi Lovato said after her performance, her time may not have been then, but it definitely is now! Check out McCloud’s performance below!

  • paintgurl40

    She’s 54!! WOW!! She looks fantastic, and I’m digging that afro.

  • originaleve

    Lillie McCloud a woman of my generation. A 70′s Diva, sexy, sophisticated, classy a righteous revolutionary black woman. She didn’t have to twerk, pop a crouch or shake an ass cheek. She just stood there a sang with that amazing voice. R &B Divas never go out of style, they just get better with age, aka Aretha, Chaka, Natalie, Phyllis, Donna. and all remembrance and gratitude to the reigning Queen Whitney Houston.

  • Knotty Natural

    Beautiful voice, face, shape…she blew me away!

  • helen c

    well done!!!!