Best known for her fourth place finish on season one of the popular reality talent competition American Idol, this singer and actress was a favorite of judge Simon Cowell.
She won the 1998 Miss Atlanta title and subsequently studied entertainment business and law at Georgia State University. Before appearing on Amerian Idol, she acted in a Coca-Cola commercial and held a number of odd jobs.
Following her appearance on American Idol, she had a recurring role on the television series Boston Public and played starring roles in Broadway productions of Rent and Bombay Dreams. She co-wrote Fantasia Barrino's hit single "I Believe."
Though born in Takoma Park, Maryland, she grew up primarily in Norcross and Stone Mountain, Georgia. She and her husband, R&B vocalist Sam Watters, welcomed a daughter named Sienna Marie in July of 2010.
She co-wrote and sang backup vocals on Jessica Simpson's 2006 album A Public Affair.