Gaining her prominence as the winner of the third season of the television series "American Idol" in 2004, has been invading the world of performing, taking over the Broadway stage. Portraying the critically acclaimed Celie in the musical, "The Color Purple," it is sad to say that she was forced to take hiatus following doctor's diagnosis that she had tumor on her throat.
About that she openly told Sister 2 Sister magazine, "I couldn't get enough sleep and sometimes onstage, I could taste blood ... every now and then. They (producers) would send me to the hospitals and they would say, 'Well, she's dehydrated; that's what's making her tired.' They would put IVs in me. But it just wasn't enough." Realizing that there might be something wrong with her throat, she eventually checked into a top throat doctor in Los Angeles, who then told her that she had tumor on her throat.