Although Lauriana Mae only recently left her job to compete in P. Diddy's Starmaker she says she's felt destiny calling her since she was a child. As a young girl, Lauriana remembers her mother secretly recording her singing, playing it back and giving her compliments. This early praise helped Lauriana realize her true talents and aspirations. A fan of R&B, blues, jazz, hip- hop, and pop, Lauriana attended a prestigious performing arts school where she overcame her shyness and learned how to command the stage. Citing her family as her biggest inspiration, Lauriana even wrote a ballad for her sister who served in Iraq, called "Soldier Song." As the competition gets underway, Lauriana says her goals are to stay true to herself and her music -- and avoid being seen as just another sex symbol.