- First fell in love with singing after she performed in her church when she was a kid.
- In high school, she was a cheerleader and performed in local theater productions.
- Dropped out of college to focus on a singing career.
- Partly to honor her aunt's dying request, she auditioned for American Idol's 9th season.
- Emma Miles — Mother
- Attended University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL; attended University of Houston, Houston, TX; attended Prairie View A & M, Prairie View, TX