Vital Stats:

Name: Miranda Welch
Age: 20
From: Windsor, New York
Singing Experience: From 2 years old "Country music is all I've listened to and sang since I was, like, two."
Heroes: Dad and Grandfather "They support every single decision I've ever made in my life."
Favorite Country Artist: Carrie Underwood "Because she's the best."
Country Crush: Blake Shelton

The Inside Scoop:

Miranda Welch is a 98.1 The Hawk superfan. A lifelong country music aficionado, Miranda has been featured on 981thehawk.com before in a video of her singing that received a hugely positive response. Now, Miranda is back to vie for the title of 'Hitmaker' and is using her passion to drive her.

Miranda says of 98.1 The Hawk,

Of course, it’s the best radio station! I program other people’s radio dials to 98.1 the Hawk whenever I'm in their cars. I’ve listened since I was a kid.

When she's not championing country music throughout her hometown, Miranda is also a co-conspirator to keeping Rich Birdsall consistently caffeinated. She works at a local Starbucks, loves T.G.I. Friday's on the Vestal Parkway, and spends a lot of free time singing. Miranda's penchant for song has landed her spots in talent shows, junior idols, and cruise ship performances.

There's no musical history in her family, so Miranda is blazing a trail and looking to become the first person in her family to pursue a future in music. Miranda's seen Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Bucky Covington, and Little Big Town in concert.

To the country music skeptic:

You can actually understand what they’re singing about. They put feelings behind every single thing they sing. Nothing can make you cry more than a good country song.

To potential voters:

I hope you enjoy what you hear. I’m down-to-earth. I’m friendly. I’m dorky. This is my passion, I hope you all enjoy listening.

Here is Miranda's song. Take a listen and look out for your opportunity to vote once all 10 contestants have been profiled.

[Editor's Note: Miranda is still preparing her recorded song. Here's the video of her singing here in studio. Please check back later this evening for her .mp3. Thanks for your understanding]