Starmaker's Lauriana: 'I Know Who I Am As An Artist'

With just one last chance to land a spot in the Starmaker finale, Rodney Jerkins said sayonara to Lauriana on Episode 9 and 'hey, hey, hey' to Todd, Melody and Liz. Check out Lauriana's update below to find out why there are no hard feelings...

First of all, I want to thank God for these blessings. Even though Badboy is a great label and they gave me a wonderful opportunity to reach a wide audience, I came on Starmaker to showcase my talent so that I could sign a contract with a label that understands me as an artist.

I've gained so many supporters and believers from this experience, and I'm so thankful. Do I feel like I deserved to advance? Yes. But did they make a mistake? No. I know who I am as an artist already, and it's hard to make people see that when there are only a couple songs to choose from and minimal rehearsal time.

The week I did an original song was my favorite because that's what this is all about for me. I am currently in the studio writing and recording my album with some very talented producers. It's a style of music where classic jazz and rhythm and blues meet contemporary hip-hop and R&B. I'm so excited about it and I can't wait for you all to hear it and love it as much as I do. In the meantime please visit for previews and updates!! Also, follow me on so that you can always hear it first :)