Hometown: Chicago, IL
Favorite male pop artists?
Beck, White Stripes, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson
Favorite female pop artists?
Bjork, Aretha Franklin, Feist, Nina Simone, Fiona Apple, Joni Michell
When did you first start to sing?
Do you have any formal singing training?
My mom has given me some pointers here and there.
What other talents do you have?
I can write one heck of an essay. Oh yeah, and I compose music.
If you donít make it on AMERICAN IDOL, what will you do?
I will continue on this path like my hairís on fire!
What are your personal goals in life?
To share my deepest joys and sorrows through my music.
What album would your friends be surprised you own?
My friends know better than to be surprised by anything I do.
Who is your AMERICAN IDOL?
Do you have any rituals or things you do each time before you perform?
I visualize the emotions behind the music and go deep into my own little world.
Most embarrassing moments?
Iíve been known to fall down a decent amount.
What has been your proudest moment in life so far?
Making it into the top 24!
If you couldnít sing, which talent would you most like to have?
Iíd love to be a dancer.
What is your definition of AMERICAN IDOL?
Someone sincere, versatile and PASSIONATE!
Who is your favorite judge and why?
RaNDY: Heís both warm AND honest.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I value alone time just as much as time spent with others.
How has this changed your life?
Because of this, thereís a chance that I could do what I LIVE FOR for a living!
Do you have any lucky charms?
Who are your heroes in life?
The doctors that saved my life in Brazil. And Iíve always looked up to Ella Fitzgerald.
Whatís been your toughest obstacle in life?
Living my life with lupus.
Do you think the audition process was fair?
If you win, who will you thank first?
My parents, because they instilled this gift in me.