As Mafia daughter Meadow Soprano on HBO's runaway smash The Sopranos, dark-haired beauty Jamie-Lynn Sigler makes male viewers' eyes pop. Bada-bing. Young, fresh, and fresh-mouthed, her character is the Don's darling. Thanks to an opportunity the series gave her to sing in one episode, she also embarked on a career in pop music, à la teen queen Britney Spears or Latina diva Jennifer Lopez. Sigler nixed the idea of allowing her record company, Edeltone, to call her first album Bada Bing.
Instead, the 2001 release is titled Here to Heaven, although it did end up with a track called "Bada Bing." But Sigler should have no complaints. Barely into her twenties, she has a prominent role on a hit television show, a new career in pop, credits as a songwriter for a trio of numbers she contributed to the album, a New York City apartment of her own, and, when she's ready to return to it after a leave of absence, a college education at New York University, where she intends to study psychology. She intends to pursue a career as a theater therapist, a job that will allow her to use her acting skills to help disabled children. Personnel who worked on her first musical release include Ray Contreras and Jimmy Greco, the pair of producers behind J.Lo from Lopez, and Desmond Child, a successful veteran of the music industry who has had a hand in the recordings of Ricky Martin and others.
Sigler wasn't always secure in the role of Meadow Soprano. In the early days of the series, there had been talk around the network of bringing in a blonde actress to take over the role. After four shows had been shot, however, the network scrubbed the idea of a replacement for Sigler due to cost concerns. With her dark looks, Sigler certainly looks as if she could be Italian, although in reality she is a mix of Cuban and Jewish. Acting and singing were activities that she always wanted to pursue and by the time she had turned a precocious three years old, the entertainer had requested dance lessons. Within four years she wanted to study acting and voice, too. During elementary school, her aptitude earned her a spot in a program for gifted children. Her parents allowed her to audition for theatrical roles with the caveat that she had to keep her grades up, and she landed roles in a Hofstra University production of Annie as well as in Long Island theaters. An agent from Star Talent Management, Lois Miller, saw a video of the Hofstra performance and agreed to represent the youngster. By high school, Sigler was landing television commercials, title roles in productions of The Wizard of Oz and The Diary of Anne Frank, and a part in the movie Brooklyn State of Mind.