Vital Stats: Name: Kara Eaton
Age: 27
From: Port Crane, New York
Singing Experience: Since about 7 years old at church. "I was terrified! Since then, I've done several singing competitions, open mics, and I started writing music"
Heroes: "My parents. As a child, I never had to worry about whether there was food to eat or where we were going to live. They did a great job raising us"
Favorite Country Artist: Gretchen Wilson. "She's very real. She doesn't let the glitz and glam affect who she is."

She doesn't let the glitz and glam affect who she is

Country Crush: Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw

The Inside Scoop:

Kara has been plying her vocal trade for a while now and finds herself in great position to make a splash in the Hawk Hitmaker Challenge!

To the country music skeptic:

Country is very real. It's stories. It's life experiences.

To potential voters:

Winning Hitmaker is a personal goal of mine!

Here is Kara's song. Take a listen and look out for your opportunity to vote once all 9 contestants have been profiled: