I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in both Tennessee and outside Cleveland, Ohio. I have always loved singing but have never really performed in front of others. That all changed in the summer of 2020 when I was discovered on TikTok and invited to audition for American Idol. Making the Top 24 on Idol suddenly gave me lots of opportunities to perform! I now see doors opening for me in the music industry, I never could have imagined!!
When my mom remarried, I gained 3 more sisters for a total of 7 girls! From left to right: Shannon, Jillian, Me, Janelle, Heidi, Mya and Ashleigh.
In the middle are my super-supportive parents - my step-dad and mom, Leo, and Elizabeth Shulman.
I come from a VERY musical family - going back generations on both my mom's and dad's side. Half of those musical genes come from my father, and I am so thankful for his gift that he passed on to me. As a funny, kind, organic chemistry professor who also received a bachelor's degree in music, he was the best singing scientist I knew while growing up in east Tennessee.
Photo credits: Caroline Costello, Ken Nash and Bee Moorhead