Hometown: Studio City, CA
Audition City: Minneapolis
Voted off: Mar. 8th
Favorite male pop artists?
Sting! Stevie Wonder
Favorite female pop artists?
Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston
When did you first start to sing?
3 years old on top of a table at Chucky Cheese
Do you have any formal singing training?
Yes – Private lessons and voice coaches training at Northwestern University
What other talents do you have?
If you don’t make it on AMERICAN IDOL, what will you do?
Continue to perform!
What are your personal goals in life?
To provide for my family, to be able to support those in need around me and around the world, and to make music I am proud of.
What album would your friends be surprised you own?
Who is your AMERICAN IDOL?
Right now, Jennifer Freakin’ Hudson! And of course, my mom.
Do you have any rituals or things you do each time before you perform?
Most embarrassing moments?
Throwing up from food poisoning in NY subway station.
What has been your proudest moment in life so far?
Making top 24
If you couldn’t sing, which talent would you most like to have?
Playing the guitar and whatever it is that you need to be a CIA agent.
What is your definition of AMERICAN IDOL?
An artist who captures America’s hearts and souls and leaves them wanting more each week. The performer that makes each American wish THEY were on the stage singing too!
Who is your favorite judge and why?
While watching – Simon. Because he is devastatingly honest. While performing, hopefully still Simon.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m pretty clumsy. I love the movie, “Yentl”. (Weird, I know)
How has this changed your life?
I’m now living my dream and am confident that ANYthing is possible with faith and diligence.
Do you have any lucky charms?
Nope. Well, apparently, my husband at these auditions!
Who are your heroes in life?
My husband for taking risks in life. My mom for living by faith.
What’s been your toughest obstacle in life?
Moving to NY a week after 9/11 into a cockroach-infested closet apartment to pursue singing.
Do you think the audition process was fair?
If you win, who will you thank first?
My husband, Chip for his patience, support, encouragement and unchanging love.