Christina K.

Christina K.'s story is, first and foremost, one of risk. While still in high school, the producer/songwriter/singer started out making beats in a makeshift production studio (her living room in Maryland, N.Y.) then took a chance and moved to New York. There, she began meeting with industry professionals, recording songs with rapper Pitbull and produced a track for Jive artist Dolla.

Thanks to such connections and with the help of the radio promotions company More Hits Entertainment, Christina K. was able to get her first single, "I Got a Boyfriend," considerable airplay on such stations as WBBM Chicago; WKYS Washington, D.C.; and WNOU Indianapolis. The buzz attracted the attention of MTV, and she eventually secured a deal producing and recording instrumental tracks for "Making the Band 4."

The network has since extended her talents to its other channels and Web properties, and it's easy to see why: Christina K.'s music is upbeat, sassy and catchy, a jangly pop/hip-hop hybrid with a dash of Salt-N-Pepa thrown in for good measure.

Following the deal, Christina K. set her sights on the next season of "The Hills": "They have the music, it's just a matter of them fitting it in," she says.

Despite her recent successes and bright future, Christina K. remains grounded and maintains a sense of humility. "I'm having fun," she says. "That's the joy more than anything—to actually sing and work."