She was part of an organization called Louisiana Kids where she would sing at local nursing homes and charity events. She had a part-time job at the pizza shot Little Caesars.
Born in Abbeville, Louisiana, the Abbeville mayor Mark Piazza declared May 6, 2015 Koryn Hawthorne Day in Abbeville and presented Hawthorne with a key to the city.
She was born to parents Summers and Corey Hawthorne.
She initially joined Team Christina Aguilera before Pharrell stole her during the knockout rounds.