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Miami native Lauren Jauregui, with her mature, smoky voice, brings a fierce and feisty flavor to Fifth Harmony. A lover of Journey, Paramore, and The Script, as well as Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera, Lauren first remembers singing at a karaoke party at age two, but other than a few school talent shows and a fifth-grade performance of the National Anthem, most of her singing was done in private. "Music had always been a huge part of me but I never had the means to do anything about it," she says. By the time Lauren was 16, The X Factor had debuted. "I ended up trying out because I wanted Simon's approval. It had been my dream to sing for Simon and for him to tell me I was good."
Camila Cabello's unique voice gives the group a raw edge that lifts their harmonies to new heights. Born in Cuba, Camila and her family shuttled between Havana and Mexico for the first five years of her life before Camila and her mother moved to the U.S. when Camila was six. (Her dad followed a few years later.) "My mom came with only a couple hundred bucks and the clothes on her back," Camila says. "My family brought me up to appreciate everything I had through hard work." Growing up listening to such Latin artists as Celia Cruz and Alejandro Fernandez, Camila kept her singing to the confines of her bedroom. "I didn't sing in front of people until my actual X Factor audition," she says. "I didn't want those two minutes to end. When they did, I knew performing was the only thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life."
Normani Hamilton's bluesy vocal style comes from her roots as a gospel singer. Born in Atlanta, she was raised in the rich musical tradition of New Orleans. (Her family relocated to Houston after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.) Hamilton has been performing since she was three, and was an award-winning dancer and gymnast before finding her true calling as a singer, recording her first single at age 13. She also had a small role on the HBO series Treme. Normani credits Beyoncé as her main inspiration as an artist. "I look up to her so much," she says. "When I'm on stage I pretend to be her. Her alter ego is Sasha Fierce and mine is Beyoncé herself. This helps keep my nerves from getting the best of me because in general I am pretty shy."
Known as the "little big sister" of the group, the San Antonio, TX-born and bred Ally Brooke packs a powerful vocal punch. Her vibrant energy and musical theatricality come from having performed at charity events, high schools, and sports events since the age of nine. "That's when I developed such a huge passion for singing and the stage," she says. One of her biggest inspirations is Latina star Selena Quintanilla. "Not only did she have an amazing stage presence, a beautiful voice, and a vibrant personality, but she also had such charisma and a big heart," Ally says. "She cared for her fans deeply and always showed so much love to everyone. She made me want to become an artist."
With a dynamic range that has drawn comparisons to Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, Dinah Jane Hansen hails from Santa Ana, CA and is of Tongan and Polynesian heritage. Her mother sang with a reggae band and her brothers sang in church. Dinah remembers being four years old and wanting to learn to sing to impress her mother. At 11, she told her parents she wanted to pursue a singing career. "The first time I performed I remember feeling so nervous and scared," Dinah says. "I was behind the curtains and I could hear the announcer say my name. All I could think was, 'I hope they like me, I hope they don't boo.' But they applauded and I remember thinking this is definitely something I want to do one day."
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