Last updated: 06/20/2012 11:00:00 AM
Born in Gary, Ind., K'LA had dreams bigger than the confines of her small town -- even if it is the childhood home of Michael, Janet and the rest of the Jackson siblings. Two years ago, this rising star moved to Atlanta to pursue her dreams. She was using her waitressing money to pay for studio time, when K'La eventually met Music Line CEO Anthony "T.A." Tate at his studio. After performing for him, T.A. signed her to the label last summer. K'La recently released a mixtape, "Coldest Winter Ever", featuring the track "All Your Love", produced by Stephen Marley. Now she's working on her debut album and hopes to keep it as "honest and relatable as possible," she says. "I want to continue to tell my story, give my perspective and be sincere."