Question: Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
Answer: "Imagine" - John Lennon / "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Question: When did you first start to sing?
Answer: When I was a young girl - started singing more in 5th grade.
Question: Do you have any formal singing training?
Answer: Yes. Vocal Coaches Roger Love and Kira Fontana in Los Angeles.
Question: What other talents do you have?
Answer: Just started playing guitar 3 years ago.
Question: What has been the most unique job/chore you've ever had?
Answer: Did laundry at a salon/spa when I was 14. I worked my way up to being a receptionist, but did laundry for several months.
Question: What are your personal goals in life?
Answer: To make a record in honor of Rebecca Joy (my friend that passed). To make a record and have a successful music career. To inspire people in a positive way and remind them dreams do come true when you work hard and stay focused.
Question: What music would your friends be surprised you own?
Answer: I used to have the Hanson record but don't know where it is anymore. I still have NSYNC in my car but haven't listened to it since high school.
Question: Do you have any rituals or things you do before you perform?
Answer: I pray. Pray to God and My Angel Rebecca.
Question: What's your most embarrassing moment?
Answer: When I asked where trees came from in high school Government class. Everyone laughed, they even mentioned it on the mic at Senior Day in high school.
Question: What's your proudest moment?
Answer: Making it onto this show!! And when I played guitar on stage and sang my own songs for the first time at a venue in Los Angeles.
Question: If you couldn't sing, which talent would you most like to have?
Answer: Be able to dance like those dancers on "So You Think You Can Dance."
Question: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Answer: That I am a dork. I'm a total nerd. Over obsessive compulsive about vacuuming. I vacuum all the time.
Question: What have you learned (about yourself) by going through the Idol audition process?
Answer: That I am capable of doing anything I want when I put my mind to it and work really hard. Even achieving my wildest dreams!
Question: How do you plan on differentiating yourself in the competition?
Answer: Being myself. Sharing my soul with people who need inspiration.
Question: Who are your musical influences?
Answer: Adele, Norah Jones, Angel Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Joni Mitchell, Alana Davis, Patty Griffin, Sarah McLachlan, Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, Jason Reeves, John Lennon
Question: If you have 24 hours to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
Answer: Spend a day in London…sightseeing and going to Abbey Road and recording.
Question: Who is the person that you would most like to meet?
Answer: Michael Jackson because he's the greatest entertainer of all time. I'd love pointers.
Question: Of the past 8 seasons, who's been your favorite Idol contestant thus far?
Answer: I didn't watch the 8 seasons but I liked Brooke White after everyone told me I reminded them of her. I checked her out and watched her play "Let It Be" and cried.
Question: If you could perform in any venue in the world, where you that be and why?
Answer: The Hollywood Bowl because it's a huge venue, and it would be rad to perform there…(to a full house!)
Question: What was the first concert you attended?
Answer: Shania Twain
Question: How has music inspired you?
Answer: It has made me a better person as a whole. It has transformed the way I look at words and the way I write and speak to people. Music has shaped my life and developed me into the person I am.
Question: What makes a great performer?
Answer: Stage presence, loving what you're doing, giving it your all.
Question: How do you combat stage fright?
Answer: I don't really have stage fright. I just get nervous and I think it's a good thing because it means I care.
Question: What's been the most surprising part of the Idol experience so far?
Answer: Simon was nice!! I didn't know what to expect but he was nice to me.
Question: If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be and why?
Answer: Ray LaMontagne - because I love his voice - the way it sounds. I think we would sound great together.
Question: Which theme week would be most challenging to you and why?
Answer: 80's week probably - because I don't really listen or like 80's music.
Question: What theme week would you love to have for Season 9?
Answer: Michael Jackson week or 70s week.
Question: What's your dream song to perform?
Answer: One of Rebecca Joy's songs. Either "No Destination," "Lullaby," or "Gotta Get Back."
Question: What one performance in a past AI season will you always remember?