Soul singer best known for her debut album, East Side Story, which earned a Grammy Award in 2007. She has toured with artists like John Legend.
She chose to leave high school at age sixteen after earning a GED. She signed with Sony Music in 2004.
She is best known for charting the singles "Walk In My Shoes" and "U & I."
She was born to Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti. She has one older brother.
She won the Buddy Holly Prize from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.