Goldsberry was reared in Houston, where he currently resides, in a family of engineers and scientists. When she was around 6 or 7, a cousin informed her she had what it takes to be a singer and that she was on the right track.
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After receiving her B.F.A., she worked in regional theatre and even went on a few tours. But I was left feeling dissatisfied, she said. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she majored in vocal jazz performance and graduated with a master’s degree.
She formerly had aspirations of being a singer-songwriter like Erykah Badu or Natalie Merchant. She also had a short-lived girl band called Fe-Male.
She remarked, “We were precisely what Girls5eva was, only they actually got signed, and we weren’t. Would she have chosen Lilith Fair’s honesty over the glitz of a girl group? I would have been anything, she claimed.
Before going back to New York to work on an independent film where she met the guy who would become her husband, she found work as a backup singer on the dramedy “Ally McBeal” in the 1990s.
She eventually made it to Broadway where she filled in for Mimi and Nala in “The Lion King” and “Rent,” respectively.
She appeared in Shakespeare in the Park’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” in 2005, and Ben Brantley described her as “the production’s great find, a sparkplug of musical wit and vigour” in a Times article.
On one occasion, the audience included both the director Thomas Kail and the writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. Kail recalled, “It was like seeing a meteor shower.” It has an enduring impact.
She received a call to audition for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” ten years after landing a recurring role on “The Good Wife” Goldsberry had previously been passed over for roles and admired the ladies who had filled them.
She claimed that “Hamilton” made her question her capacity for survival. therefore she didn’t have to.
She was late, and Goldsberry had no idea why. She might not have previously performed well enough to receive a promotion.
That might have been the situation. Robert King, who co-created “The Good Wife,” told me that “it’s harder for Black actresses,” but she didn’t go into any detail.