Ann Nesby (born around 1955) is an American R&B, gospel, and dance music singer and actress. She is the former lead singer of Sounds of Blackness; a songwriter with credits including hits sung by Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight; plus she co-starred in the 2003 musical romantic dramedy The Fighting Temptations with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles. Nesby had various appearances on the hit television series American Idol. Nesby has been nominated four times since her departure from the Sounds of Blackness, most recently for her 2007 album This Is Love; plus the lead single "I Apologize" was nominated for a Grammy at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Nesby is set to release a R&B inspired gospel inspirational album during March 31, 2009 under her It's Time Child Records in conjunction with Tyscot Records.

Renowned as the voice of the Sound of Blackness, Ann Nesby joined the inspirational soul ensemble at the close of 80s under the auspices of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The Sounds of Blackness garnered two Grammy award wins in 1991 and 1993 with Nesby at the vocal helm. Nesby's signature sound spawned memorable classics - "I Believe," "Optimistic," "I'm Going All The Way," "Soul Holiday," to "The Pressure."

Releasing her 1996 solo debut, I'M HERE FOR YOU with the classic survival anthem, "I'm Still Wearing Your Name" to the dance floor groove "Can I Get a Witness" she established herself as an artist unbound by genre; her devotion to R&B, Gospel, and Dance music has made her respected talent the world over.

Tapping Nesby for his first major stage production, Tyler Perry cast Nesby in a lead role in his 1998-2000 production, I KNOW I'VE BEEN CHANGED. By 2002 she released her sophomore effort PUT IT ON PAPER catapulted by the lead single of the same title which featured Al Green, leading Nesby to her first solo Grammy Nomination in 2003 and included Nesby's first #1 song "Lovin' Is Really My Game," a cover of the 1977 hit dance tune by Brainstorm.

Appearing in the 2003 major motion picture THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce Knowles, Nesby subsequently garnered three additional Grammy nominations between 2004–2008.

Her latest album, THE LULA LEE PROJECT debuted at #13 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Chart and # 57 on the R&B Album Chart thanks to the Tonex produced lead single "I Found a Place." Nesby’s latest nominations include - Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocal for her duet with R&B crooner Calvin Richardson, “Love Has Finally Come at Last" and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Sow Love” from her 2009 release THE LULA LEE PROJECT.

With an impressive total of six Grammy nominations as a solo artist, Nesby has been doted as “One of the best singers in the known world” by American Idol’s Randy Jackson; Ann Nesby personifies creative longevity unlike no other.

Nesby's parents are (1914–1984) and Mary (1918–1977). Nesby is the mother of four, grandmother of ten, and great grandmother of two. Nesby has been married to Tim Lee since 1984. Nesby's granddaughter is former American Idol contestant and recording artist Paris Bennett.