Question: Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
Answer: Do what you love to do and you'll never work another day in your life.
Question: When did you first start to sing?
Answer: When I was 12 or 13 years old I sang for the very first time in my bedroom.
Question: Do you have any formal singing training?
Question: What other talents do you have?
Answer: I paint and refurbish antique furniture.
Question: What has been the most unique job/chore you've ever had?
Answer: Teaching etiquette classes to a group of interns at my church.
Question: What are your personal goals in life?
Answer: To be me - a lover of life, friends and family and a servant to all.
Question: What music would your friends be surprised you own?
Answer: Kanye West, John Legend and some Irish Celtic stuff.
Question: Do you have any rituals or things you do before you perform?
Answer: Breathe and pop my back and neck. Shake my hands and feet about 10 minutes before I sing my song for myself in the bathroom mirror with a big grin.
Question: What's your most embarrassing moment?
Answer: Falling off a stage one time because I couldn't see where the stairs stared or ended...in a dress!
Question: What's your proudest moment?
Answer: Singing my first original song for my church as an after-service special. They didn't have to stay but they all did and even called their friends to get there so they could see it too.
Question: If you couldn't sing, which talent would you most like to have?
Answer: Acting. I would love to have that talent because I love movies and TV. Or maybe a make-up artist.
Question: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Answer: I'm really, really clumsy. Just days ago I spilled two drinks on my boyfriend and tripped three times on the exact same spot on the sidewalk.
Question: What have you learned (about yourself) by going through the Idol audition process?
Answer: That I'm goofy sounding when I listen to my recorded speaking voice.
Question: How do you plan on differentiating yourself in the competition?
Answer: I am a pretty unique and different person naturally and a little weird at times. I think I could just do that by being myself and having fun!
Question: Who are your musical influences?
Answer: Pete Yorn and Patsy Cline
Question: If you have 24 hours to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
Answer: 24 hour shopping spree on a cruise in the Mediterranean in summer with all my friends and family! And they pay...
Question: Who is the person that you would most like to meet?
Answer: Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Pete Yorn.
Question: Of the past 8 seasons, who's been your favorite Idol contestant thus far?
Answer: Jason Castro!
Question: If you could perform in any venue in the world, where you that be and why?
Answer: Grand Ole Oprey
Question: What was the first concert you attended?
Answer: "Carmen" when I was 6 years old.
Question: How has music inspired you?
Answer: Music's so great at changing or creating certain moods and responses out of people so it has inspired me because I love being a part of something that is so much bigger and more powerful than us all.
Question: What makes a great performer?
Answer: Someone who creates and gives out something that is totally unique but is still easily grasped and appreciated by the rest of the world.
Question: How do you combat stage fright?
Answer: I breathe then remind myself of why I'm even going out on that stage.
Question: What's been the most surprising part of the Idol experience so far?
Answer: Making it really far and then trying out again and the judges letting me get even farther!
Question: If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be and why?
Answer: I would love to perform with Onion Station or with Jason Castro
Question: Which theme week would be most challenging to you and why?
Answer: R&B or Motown. I feel like the "soul" part of me is non-existent and I don't even know how to dance to that type of music.
Question: What theme week would you love to have for Season 9?
Answer: Country, oldies or a Coldplay theme.
Question: What's your dream song to perform?
Answer: "Over The Rainbow".
Question: What one performance in a past AI season will you always remember?
Answer: When Jason Castro sang "Over the Rainbow". I LOVED it so much that I made it one of my audition songs.