I like the pop music, but I still want to have meaning in my music.
I don’t think songs have to be like these super-#1-smash-hit-sounding songs, because I think it’s more important that it’s like, ‘Hey! This is coming out of me. This is something I connect with. This is something that I like to sing.’
I really wanna do a Spanish album. I have that Latin culture background. It’s a part of me. I’m not the best Spanish speaker, but I have a longing to connect with that. I just think how supportive the Latin community has been, even during ‘Idol.’ I’d like to give back with something like that.
I definitely want to do music for the rest of my life. So I just want to make sure that I’m doing music in the way that I feel is the way I need to.
I want to make sure that I make music that lasts. I’ve been experimenting. I’ve been writing.
If not music, I think it would be pretty cool to be an ear, nose and throat doctor.
It’s the boring things that mean a lot to me. I enjoy taking my sisters to eat. Or sitting watching TV with my family.
All my mom’s side speaks Spanish. I speak to my grandparents in Spanish. Slowly. And they’re patient with me! But I do speak with them in Spanish and carry on conversations with them.
Before ‘American Idol’ and all this stuff, I was obsessed with music charts, and I used to go online to find out what was popular in other countries. I’d log on to the BBC website, and that’s how I found out about artists like Natasha Bedingfield, Daniel Bedingfield and Take That.
I knew people liked me on ‘American Idol,’ but I didn’t think they’d care to come see me sing at my own show.
Especially now, with ‘Glee,’ it’s allowed a lot of kids to love music and performing at a young age. All ages watched ‘American Idol,’ but I think it was nice to be able to show kids, ‘Hey, you can be here, too.’
Relationships are about helping motivate each other to be all that you can be.
It’s cool when people notice that you make an effort to live certain values.
My mom is just someone who’s easy to talk to and hang with. My sister, it’s always cool to be able to help her out with things. My brother is fun when we’re just joking and messing around. And my dad is someone who’s helpful with my music and easy to talk to about that stuff because he understands me in that sense.
I love Sara Bareilles. She’s just so clever. I wish I were her. She’s so awesome.