Hometown: Houston, Texas
By: Chantae Benson
How long have you been singing and who are your musical influences?
I’ve been singing all my life. I love Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Dave Hollister.
What was it like performing in front of Mona, Teena Marie, Dallas Austin and most recently Jermaine Dupri?
It was like a once in a lifetime opportunity. I feel like I was blessed to be able to do what a lot of people were not able to do and still will not be able to do.
Were you shocked by the double elimination?
It was a shock, I thought she was going to keep one of us.
What were your expectations of the show and did it meet your expectations or disappoint you in any way?
The only problem I had is I just feel we did not really get a chance to be ourselves so far as doing our own music. I feel I did not really get a chance to show my talent and how well I can sing. There’s a lot of parts that they didn’t show like the church singing.
What was the most difficult part about being on the road?
I guess being away from family. After you’re gone for a while you start missing your family. Later on when its time to go on tour again I think I’ll be able to handle it.
What was your most memorable experience during the tour?
In New Orleans with Karen Clark-Sheard. I think she’s a phenomenal singer. They could have sent me home right after that.
How was it being on tour with Missy Elliott? What do you think you learned from her?
We really didn’t get a chance to see her a whole lot. What I learned from her is that you have to be willing to go anytime, anyplace, anywhere no matter the circumstance or the situation and if you want to be a star you have to carry yourself as one.
In retrospect do you have any regrets about anything during the competition?
I would have definitely sung instead of rapping during the battle. The way they edited it made it look like I really messed up. I suck at rap. I wish I would have kept singing. I did what I had to do to be on the show. I made it far. I’m not satisfied, but I can cope with it.
Who do you think has the best chance of winning the competition and why?
Jessica, she’s extremely talented plus she’s got a story behind her talent.
What are your future plans with respect to the music industry?
Just capitalizing off this publicity. People actually just seem to take to my character and love me as a person and a character. There are just open arms everywhere. When doors close others open and a lot of people are calling to work with me.
Thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview and good luck with all your future endeavors.
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