Tell us about your experience on “American Idol.” What advice would you give singers who want to audition?
My “American Idol” experience was one moment in my life I’ll never forget. I gained a whole new family. And the advice I’d give to someone wanting to audition is to be who you are all the way through.
You have acted in stage plays with Tyler Perry and you starred as Dorothy at the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul. Will we see you doing more of that as well as any TV shows or movies?
I was Dorothy in Penumbra’s production of The Wiz. What an awesome show! And, yes, you will see me doing more shows and movies in this next year.
Name three people who have inspired you in your life or your music career.
Three people who have inspired me are my great-grandparents and my baby girl Egypt.
What is next for you?
Next for me is more music, more love and more smiles.