When a 12-year-old Kristinia DeBarge told her father, James DeBarge (the youngest member of DeBarge), that she wanted to become a singer, the two wrote and recorded a song that had Kristinia in a studio until early morning -- a test to see if she had the determination to follow through on her wish. Unfazed by the long hours and hard work, Kristinia soon gained some national exposure on the [RoviLink="VW"]American Idol spinoff [RoviLink="VW"]American Juniors, but she failed to make it to the Top Ten round. Performances with her father were a hit with crowds, and several years later she caught the attention of Babyface, who helped her get a deal with Def Jam. Her debut album (Exposed), recorded with plenty of input from Babyface, was released in 2009, prefaced with "Goodbye," a playful pop-R&B single that was in the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 by the third week of May. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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