- Performed in musicals growing-up and was a singer at her Baptist church.
- Joined Kansas City's Coterie Theater Young Playwrights' Round Table at age 12.
- Left college after one year and moved to Atlanta; released her self-produced demo, The Audition, in 2003.
- Discovered by Outkast's Big Boi at an open mic night.
- Has a musical alter-ego that is an android named Cindi Mayweather, who is the protagonist of the 2010 concept album The ArchAndroid.
- Wears a "uniform" of a black and white tuxedo for every performance, in honor of her working-class roots.
- A co-founder of the Wondaland Arts Society, which support young artists and musicians.
- Performed several times for President Obama and named on his 2016 summer playlist.