She and girl group Fifth Harmony placed third on the U.S. version of the reality TV competition, The X Factor, during its second season. She cites Beyonce as her main inspiration. Alongside her in Fifth Harmony are Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui.
She was a award-winning dancer and gymnast before pursuing a singing career, recording her first single when she was only 13.
She sang Aretha Franklin's hit "Chain of Fools" during The X Factor auditions.
She appeared on the HBO original series Treme in a small role.
She was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana before being forced by Hurricane Katrina to move to Texas in 2005.
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