I was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on a warm summer day in late August. Lawton is home to Ft. Sill US Army Base... (where my dad was stationed at the time of my birth). The youngest of two girls, I am a certified Army Brat… (my sister would definitely leave off the Army part…LOL!) My parents are from the Caribbean and I embody the vibrant cultural heritage of my dad's native island of St. Maarten and my mom's native island of St. Lucia. After Ft. Sill my dad got stationed in Nürnberg, Germany and I spent the first five years of my life there. We traveled A LOT and several stops later my dad retired from the US Army at Ft. Stewart, Georgia (just South of Savannah, Georgia).
I started singing as soon as I could talk and I started piano lessons as soon as I could read. Piano led to the flute and the flute led to my proud band nerd status throughout high school. My vocal ability helped me to win a scholarship to The Savannah College of Art & Design where I earned my undergraduate degree in Performing Arts. After graduation I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue my dreams. Since that time I have built up a resume full of performances that include a stint as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin on the stage of the Alliance Theatre, an international tour with the Atlanta Opera, a blockbuster film debut in Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”, and my animated film debut in “The Tuneables.”
In the spring of 2010 I entered a national singing competition hosted by CBS, Macy’s, and The Tony Awards. I was chosen by popular vote as one of five finalists and flown to New York where I was then voted into the top two by a panel of celebrity judges that included Ace Young, Diana Degarmo, and Constantine Maroulis. WATCH THE VIDEO! I walked my first red carpet at the 64th Annual Tony Awards and while sitting in a room full of Hollywood's elite, I was announced as the winner on live television in front of millions of viewers. WATCH THE VIDEO!
I really do believe in the power of dreams and I treasure the moments when my dreams become my reality. Having a dream and finding the courage to pursue it has made me feel like the luckiest, strongest, most fearless girl in the world. Sometimes people ask me if I'm afraid to fail and I tell them, I'm not afraid to try and fail, I'm afraid of failing to try. I sincerely love sharing my music, my talent, and my journey with the world with the hope that I will impress, inspire, and encourage others as they too pursue their dreams.
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