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.