Wé Ani (American Idol) Biography

Wé Ani is a contestant on season 21 of American Idol, where she sang and showed the powerful, different, and magic of her voice. Her speaking voice is kind of weird but when she sings, one can listen to her songs forever. Without a doubt, she surprised everyone with her singing talent from her audition round. 

She made it to the top ten and had a rocking performance on 30th April 2023, when she sang for Rock & Roll Week. Ani has emerged as the powerhouse of singing in the competition and is currently battling in the top 8. She will take up the American Idol stage yet again tomorrow on 7th May 2023. 

Early Life

Wé Ani was born on 23rd January 2000 in Harlem, New York. She is currently residing in Paterson, New Jersey. A native of Paterson, Ani grew up in Harlem, but she didn’t get into the New Jersey Culture until high school. She studied at Passaic County Technical Institute located in Wayne and decided to make her main career in the music industry from a young age. However, it was quite challenging for her because her speaking voice is much higher than her singing voice. When she sings it’s like the tune of magic that can mesmerize anyone who listens.  

Parents & Family

Ani was born to her loving and caring parents, Dr. Varleton McDonald (father) and Jackie Bland McDonald (mother). Her father Mac who works as a consultant for NYC Schools, manages her singing matter as well. Her parents are the biggest support to her singing career and she says they are everything to her like her foundation rock.  Ani shared her childhood with her sibling- a brother whose name was not disclosed. 

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Wé Ani Career

Wé Ani has shown her bright side by giving a unique performance in a different voice on the stage of American Idol, season 21. She surprised the judges with her high-pitch sound and voice technique on the first day of the Audition for American Idol. She shook them again when the singing voice she made on the next round was utterly opposite to what she had previously.

However, explaining her voice and singing method, Wé said that she does not understand the science behind this, as people often ask her about the same. Still, she has mastered different voices and the platform to sing.

She had a special significance in the hearts and minds of her fans and even the judges. When she first introduced herself to the stage of American Idol, one of the judges, Katy Perry, asked what her name meant by…? She replied that her complete and real name was Wé McDonald. As per sources, it is also revealed that Ani is one of the four daughters born to her parents.

Wé Ani is the owner and the holder of an entire 5-song EP titled Frantic in 2023. She has released her latest single, “Won’t Take Me Alive,” where you can see her performing a duet with her fellow American Idol contestant PJAE. Back in 2019, the singer dropped Ani’s offer concerning her single’s performance. Apart from all these, Ani has also performed and was a contestant on The Voice.

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American Idol 

Wé Ani was an energetic and enthusiastic contestant on American Idol, season 21. She had her auditions in Nashville and sang the song “Anyone” by Demi Lovato. On the first day of her audition performance, all three judges voted for her “yes” and sent her to the next round. She performed solo and sang the song “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin. After that, she received prestigious comments like, “You did enough to be in the Top 26 finalist round..”

In the following top 26 Hawaii Round, Wé sang “Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)” by Miley Cyrus and received numerous votes that safeguarded her for the next round in the top 20 finalists. At last, she became one of the top 12 finalists and sang the same for the competition– Skyfall by Adele.

We Ani Biography

Real Name We McDonald
Birth Date January 23, 2000
Age (as of 2023) 23 Years
Birth Place Harlem, New York, USA
Residence Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Profession Singer
College William Paterson University
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 6” – in Centimeters – 167 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 61 kg  –  in Pounds –  135 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown


Father Dr. Varleton “Mac” McDonald
Mother Jackie Bland
Sister Four
Brother One

Relationship Status

Marital Status Single
Affair No
Who is her boyfriend?

Personal Life

Ani is currently single and is not committed to any male or female in music or any other industry. Also, she is only 23 and has yet to be married and also does not have any child through any means like adoption.

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Social Media

Wé Ani is already famous on social media like Tik Tok, with nearly or even more than 743,000 followers. She has a maximum of 6.5 million likes and comments on her videos. She covers content like hilarious sounds and various speaking voices on TikTok.

Moreover, she is available on her website, https://www.weanimusic.com/, where she describes her life story beginning with a passion for singing at 12.

She is available on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and is one of the highly active personalities in the emerging music world.

We Ani Net Worth

Ani is a hard-working and emerging singer who can showcase her talent for future challenges. She is undoubtedly earning well because of her enthusiasm, and we assume her net worth is around $2 million.


  • Wé Ani previously appeared on the 11th season of The Voice, where she was available under the name Wé McDonald. She could not win the challenge and ended up in only 3rd place.
  • Coincidentally, Ani was available on the same season of The Voice that was previously launched before The American Idol, where she had a companion, and the American Idol Alum, Sundance Head.
  • Sundance Head was the winner of The Voice when Ani was with him.
  • Her mother wanted to be a singer but she gave her dream in order to look after her family and raise her kids by providing the best possible resources. 

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