August 24, 2009 12:00 PM

>Fresh off her new CD Battlefield, the singer, 19, looks back on the discs that inspired her, from Michael to Mariah.

Nat King Cole, The Very Best of Nat King Cole My nana introduced me to him. I listen to this to chill. His voice is so soothing. I sang with Natalie Cole once. Amazing.

Michael Jackson, Number Ones I bought this in junior high. I dissected his music and realized what kind of genius he was. He provided great music for great times.

Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera I wanted to be her. I was so mad I wasn’t blonde! She has a big voice and she influenced me in the way I use my voice now.

John Mayer, Continuum This inspired me to write anything that comes to my head, to write personal things. On my new record I cowrote a song, “Faith,” that’s kind of like “Waiting on the World to Change.”

Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey This is the music I wanted to make. I try to sing the exact same way.

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