Hometown: Mt. Vernon, NY
Audition City: Boston
Favorite Female Artist:
Mariah Carey, Beyonce
Favorite Male Artist:
Michael Jackson, Usher
When did you first start to sing?
1983 I began singing. In 1987 I began singing in choirs and performing in school concerts.
Do you have any formal singing training?
Yes, I have taken seven vocal lessons with Ron Shetler in NYC after surviving the 9/1/05 cut in Boston, MA.
What other talents do you have?
Cooking, sewing, painting, martial arts, learning new languages.
If you don't make it on AMERICAN IDOL, what will you do?
I will continue to strive for excellence in all that I do, while still enjoying my 1st love (music) and singing.
What are your personal goals in life?
To live the best life I can, helping as many people as possible.
What album would your friends be surprised you own?
Hoobastank's The Reason.
Who is your AMERICAN IDOL?
My mom. She taught me that life is full of surprises and you must be able to adapt.
Do you have any rituals or things you do each time you perform?
I pray before I sing, every time.
Most embarrassing moments?
My mom dancing at my first slumber party in 1990.
What has been your proudest moment in life so far?
Graduating from college in May 2002. It was a great, tough, and rewarding journey.
If you couldn't sing, which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to play the piano and guitar.
What is your definition of an AMERICAN IDOL?
Someone who can connect with anyone anytime, and place on a personal level. More importantly, they are talented.
Who is your favorite judge and why?
Simon. He tells it like it is and I liken him to Cod liver oil. Hard to swallow, but good for you.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am very clumsy.
How has this changed your life?
I now know I can trust my instincts to follow my dreams.
Do you have any lucky charms?
Who are your heroes in life?
What's been your toughest obstacle in life?
Graduating from college was my toughest obstacle.
Do you think the audition process was fair?
If you win, who will you thank first?
I would thank God first, then my mom, FOX, American Idol, 19, and everyone associated with these entities.
SEASON 5 PHOTOS
SEASON 5 TOP 12
SEASON 5 BEST OF THE REST
- Tue, Feb. 21 "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"
- Tue, Feb. 28 "Last Dance"