How does the win feel?
All along I've said I just wanted to make it to the finals and I've just wanted the opportunity to perform with as many incredible legends as I could. Winning was just a bonus and the bonus ($100,000 prize money) goes to my charity Fresh Start. They do plastic surgery for kids who have facial deformities.
But you did say that you would love to have a record out. Are you pushing for that?
I'm going to work toward it. I also would love to put together a show and go out on the road and perform live. I love the connection you get with the audience.
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I just got a lot more comfortable. I think, vocally, my range got broader, and I learned how to stay on stage and be more of a performer. With every artist that I performed with I had the opportunity to stop, listen and talk. I'd get a couple of tips each week.
What was the best tip you received?
Relax. Don't push it. The voice is already there. If you actually relax your vocal cords they actually work better.
What was your favorite moment on the show?
Singing with Chaka Khan was a major highlight. Then it was topped again when I sang with Gladys Knight and Jon Secada.