Model, athlete, singer, performer, and actress Christon Ingram was born June 27, 1986 in Decatur, Georgia, the daughter of Brian and Callie Ingram. Although she showed an early interest in music, writing songs and poems by the age of seven and singing in the church choir (delivering her first solo vocal at the age of 11), her first success came as an athlete -- hardly a surprise, since her mother was a college basketball player and her father played in the National Football League for several years and even made a trip to Super Bowl XX as a member of the New England Patriots. Tall (6'4'') and talented, she was a star basketball player at Stone Mountain High School all four of her years there and received several college scholarship offers. She chose a full basketball scholarship from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and began pursuing a degree in broadcasting and communications with a minor in communications management. Playing forward, Ingram was an outstanding rebounder and scorer for the UAB's women's basketball team, registering several double doubles in her college career there. Graduating with a degree in broadcasting in 2008, Ingram turned her attention to a modeling and singing career, signing a modeling deal with Imperative Talent Management. She recorded a version of the Bee Gees' "Emotions" as a birthday present for her mom, and the producer at the studio session, impressed with her poise and singing talent, invited her back to do more. Ingram's singing career officially began. Following a few singles, including "Tall Enuff" and her breakthrough "Never Ending Party," she released a debut R&B album, Celebrate, in 2012, recorded at Sensational Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi