Question: Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
Answer: Facts don't count when you have a dream.
Question: When did you first start to sing?
Answer: As a kid singing back-up for my older brother.
Question: Do you have any formal singing training?
Answer: I trained classically in high school. I went to a Performing Arts High School.
Question: What other talents do you have?
Answer: I can bench press 505 lbs. and fix most things around the house.
Question: What has been the most unique job/chore you've ever had?
Answer: I worked in middle school with exceptional education students. I got them in 6th grade and stayed with the same group until they graduated. It was the most rewarding work of my life.
Question: What are your personal goals in life?
Answer: My current goal is to win American Idol and be extremely successful.
Question: What music would your friends be surprised you own?
Answer: Kenny Rogers
Question: Do you have any rituals or things you do before you perform?
Answer: I listen to some great R&B, I dance and loosen myself up.
Question: What's your most embarrassing moment?
Answer: I was talking about cars (which I know nothing about) with my father-in-law and I asked if a certain car is gonna be the next flagship car of a particular brand. (LOL) They're not similar at all.
Question: What's your proudest moment?
Answer: My sweet, sweet baby Laila was born 1/13/10.
Question: If you couldn't sing, which talent would you most like to have?
Answer: Olympic athlete
Question: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Answer: I've worn the same deodorant since I started wearing deodorant. I calculated that I need 474 more for the rest of my life.
Question: What have you learned (about yourself) by going through the Idol audition process?
Answer: I can win this thing outright.
Question: How do you plan on differentiating yourself in the competition?
Answer: Beating everyone on set in arm wrestling.
Question: Who are your musical influences?
Answer: Maxwell, Lauryn Hill, Al Green, Jimi Hendrix
Question: If you have 24 hours to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
Answer: Win the Super Bowl
Question: Who is the person that you would most like to meet?
Answer: Will Smith
Question: Of the past 8 seasons, who's been your favorite Idol contestant thus far?
Answer: Ruben Studdard and David Archuleta
Question: If you could perform in any venue in the world, where you that be and why?
Answer: Nokia Theater, NY. I used to serve shrimp at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. right next door and looked at it every day as I slaved away.
Question: What was the first concert you attended?
Answer: Peter Frampton
Question: How has music inspired you?
Answer: My heartache heals when I hear good music. And my heart aches for my mom who died and my family that I'm away from.
Question: What makes a great performer?
Answer: Honesty and swagger
Question: How do you combat stage fright?
Answer: I like to say something on the mic before I start singing. Even just one word settles me down.
Question: What's been the most surprising part of the Idol experience so far?
Answer: How much time I actually had to talk to my wife and that I really didn't need sleep.
Question: If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be and why?
Answer: Maxwell. I wanna steal some of his swagger.
Question: Which theme week would be most challenging to you and why?
Answer: Probably Broadway week
Question: What theme week would you love to have for Season 9?
Answer: Michael Jackson
Question: What's your dream song to perform?
Answer: Song For You, Layla
Question: What one performance in a past AI season will you always remember?
Answer: David Archuleta, Imagine. I think he killed the finale that year hands down.