Ava Maybee had a successful run on season 20 of American Idol, but unfortunately, she was eliminated during the show’s April 24 episode. One week prior, Ava made the top 14, but she didn’t receive enough of America’s votes to move onto the top 11. She and two other contestants were eliminated during the live Sunday show.
Who is Ava Maybee? She is the daughter of a famous musician. From her family to her personal life, HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things to know about Ava Maybee.
1. Ava is Chad Smith’s daughter.
Ava’s dad is Chad Smith, who has been the drummer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1988. Ava’s mom is Trisha Cardoso. It’s not a surprise that she’s been singing and performing since she was 5 years old. Over the years, she’s notably performed the national anthem at Lakers and Dodgers games.
2. Ava is currently in college.
Ava is a junior at New York University. Ava was selected to be a part of the NYU/Tisch/Clive Davis School of Music High School Program, as well as the Interlochen’s Songwriter and Rock Program.
3. Ava has released original music.
Ava has dropped a number of singles, including “Colors,” “Lay Low,” and “See Me Now.” Her latest single is “Mood Swings.” Ava is inspired by “classic soul, rock, and motown music” as well as artists like Amy Winehouse, Sam Cooke, Leon Bridges, Adele, Janis Joplin, and Carole King, according to her website.
4. Maybee is not her last name.
Ava goes by “Ava Maybee” when it comes to her music career. Her full name is “Ava Maybee Cardoso-Smith.” Her full name includes both of her parents’ last names.
5. Howard Stern thought Ava was going to win ‘American Idol.’
During a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show, Howard spoke to Chad about Ava’s run on American Idol. Chad gushed that he was “so proud” of his daughter. Howard Stern, who said he watches the show, told Chad, “I was thinking Ava’s gonna win American Idol.”