Talk us through going from working in a postal room to being on one of the biggest TV singing contests in the world?
It was quite a whirlwind experience! I have been working on my music and developing my craft my entire life, so when I got the call to be on the X Factor, it was a huge break for me. It was a great next step for my career after all the work that I had put into up to that point.
Was there ever any point during the X Factor that you regretted your decision to take part on the show?
Never. Being on that show, despite some of the hardships I went through while competing, was the greatest thing that could have happened to me. I never forgot how blessed I was to be part of such an amazing experience.
Do you still keep in touch with your mentor from the show, Demi Lovato?
Demi and I both live very hectic lives but yes, we check in with each other from time to time and she will always be very near and dear to my heart.
Tell us what you've been doing with your music since the show ended?
I have been working non stop, day in and day out, building my business, writing music, recording, doing shows, meeting the Warriors. Its such a busy schedule but it is my calling and I love every minute of it.
Can you tell us any exclusive details about your upcoming debut album?
All I can say is that it is very unexpected. I think people will be shocked when they hear my music.
Is there a story behind your motto, "Head Up. Heart Full"?
I'm not sure there is really a story, its just a life motto. It encompasses the mindset I try to keep every morning when I wake up until the time I go to bed at night. No matter what happens during the day, no matter what the ups and downs may be, you have to keep your head up, and your heart full. I want my Warriors to live by that every day. Living a positive lifestyle will literally change your life. It changes your perspective of the world and also of yourself. You will be happier for it.
Do you have a message for your Warriors reading this?
Thank you for your undying love and support. You make keeping my Head Up and my Heart Full that much easier and that much more fulfilling. Thank you. Love yourselves the way I love you!