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Last week, we shared the MySpace pages for the competitors on "P. Diddy's StarMaker", a new solo artist talent search show that will premiere on August 16 at 10 PM ET on MTV.

A PR company representing the show passed along photos and bios for all of the singers who will be vying for a record deal with Bad Boy. Check them out below.

Angel Inez, 24, Newark, NJ

Angel Inez

In the past few weeks, Angel Inez got fired from her job and evicted from her apartment--all for pursuing her biggest dream of becoming a star. But she's no stranger to struggle. While her neighborhood friends fell into bad habits, Angel remained focused on her dreams and spends most of her time performing at talent shows. Naturally a shy person, Angel turns up the energy when she gets up on stage. She has written songs on topics that she is familiar with including poverty, dropping out of high school, abusive relationships, and an imprisoned father. She is ready and willing to refine her voice and performing skills to become the star she feels she's destined to be.

ChristopherJohn, 18, Sacramento, CA


The youngest StarMaker artist and a native of Sacramento, California, Christopherjohn's biggest musical influence is John Mayer, who inspired him to learn how to play the guitar without formal lessons. His influences are not limited to rock as Christopherjohn hopes to collaborate with Lil Wayne someday. Besides winning, one of Christopherjohn's main goals for StarMaker is to conquer his fear of dancing on stage. Despite teaching himself how to sing and play guitar, he now needs to learn the moves to become a true performer.

David Bennett, 23, Laguna Beach, CA

David Bennett

California beach boy David Bennett desperately wants to become a star so he'll never have to deliver pizza again-- a job that's supported him for the past five years. David's dad bought him a drum kit when he was a kid, and he practiced with it daily. When David was 12, his father passed away and his English teacher told him that writing each day could serve as a type of therapy, sparking his passion for songwriting. David attended the Musicians Institute in California and was awarded the "Outstanding Stylist Award" when he graduated in 2008. He wants to continue to write his own songs and move people with his voice and lyrics.

David Joseph, 23, East Haven, CT

David Joseph

The child of two musicians, David Joseph has music in his blood, so much so that he sacrificed playing basketball, football and tennis to pursue it. When David was young, his father passed away and he turned this traumatic event into ambition. David has already made waves by getting airplay on radio stations in both Connecticut and New York. He even won "Connecticut's Next Rising Star" competition, but despite his local acclaim he almost gave up his dream of becoming a star after struggling for so many years. Once he received the call from StarMaker, he recommitted himself to his goal.

Jordan Battiste, 27, Queens, NY

Jordan Battiste

Jordan Battiste is a member of a tight-knit band and promised never to go solo--but the StarMaker call pushed him to change his mind. As a kid, Jordan found his mentor in a local music producer, leading to his fascination with production and performance. Not confining himself to just one genre, Jordan lists some of his musical heroes as Bjork, Timbaland, Sade and Pharrell. He says he's ready to be a star-- and admits that what scares him most about StarMaker is "being written off as the contestant who didn't win."

Lauren Thomas, 19, Detroit, MI

Lauren Thomas

Lauren Thomas believes in her talent so much, she dropped out of college to chase stardom full time. Considering herself America's next pop princess, this Detroit native's influences range from hip-hop to gospel and one of her favorite performers is Britney Spears. She has been in talent competitions and traveled the country trying to land a record deal. Lauren has also begun writing her own music in order to carve her niche as an artist.

Lauriana Mae, 26, Keyport, NJ

Lauriana Mae

Lauriana Mae left her job to compete in StarMaker--and has felt destiny calling her since childhood. Lauriana Mae remembers her mother secretly recording her singing, playing it back and giving her compliments. This early praise helped Lauriana realize her talents and aspirations. A fan of R&B, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Pop, Lauriana attended a prestigious performing arts school where she overcame her shyness and learned how to perform. Citing her family as her biggest inspiration, Lauriana even wrote a ballad for her sister who served in Iraq called "Soldier Song." Lauriana wants to stay true to herself and not become just another sex symbol.

Liz Davis, 21, Madison, MS

Liz Davis

Liz Davis is the only country singer in the competition. Her friends describe her as loud, honest, loyal and at times a bit of a diva. As a young girl, Liz studied songs she heard on the radio and hoped to become the next Reba McEntire. Liz credits her parents with being her number one fans and supporting her from day one. She moved from her home in Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee to live in the heart of country music. Although country is her passion, Liz is excited to perform all genres of music and would love to work for Diddy some day.

Marissa Shipp, 20, Phoenix, AZ

Marissa Shipp

Not too many 20-year-olds have already married their high school sweethearts but Marissa Shipp is used to standing out. At 15, Marissa got a job so she could pay for the voice lessons she so desperately wanted. Now, she is juggling her ambitions with the reality of being the primary breadwinner for her family. Marissa says her husband James is her main inspiration because she says he never let any obstacles get in the way of his dream of playing basketball. Marissa wants this competition to help her improve songwriting skills and help her connect to music she hasn't written.

Melody Angel, 23, Chicago Heights, IL

Melody Angel

Not many seven-year-olds were fascinated with Prince's Purple Rain movie when it came out, but Chicago native Melody Angel was clearly an exception. With help from her mother, she learned to play acoustic guitar by watching music videos around the clock. The child of two musicians, Melody has developed a love and respect for multiple genres of music including Alternative Rock, Motown, Blues, Hip-Hop, and many more. This self-described free spirit at heart teaches skateboarding. Aside from her musical abilities, Melody would consider her biggest accomplishment to be her college degree in sports marketing.

Monet Monico, 18, Westlake Village, CA

Monet Monico

Eighteen-year-old Monet Monico is the youngest female in the competition. As a young girl, she didn't just play with dolls--she staged them and gave them personas. Recognizing her daughter's hunger to perform, Monet's mom allowed her to be homeschooled so she could spend more time learning piano, drums, and guitar. Monet cannot wait to connect with large audiences and share her musical abilities which she feels she inherited from her late aunt. When asked what scares about her becoming famous Monet says, "Nothing! BRING IT ON!"

Omotayo Riley, 27, Brooklyn, NY

Omotayo Riley

As the oldest artist in the competition, the pressure's on for Omotayo Riley to stand out and become a star soon. Known as "Big Sexy," Omotayo says his greatest strength is that his personality shines. It doesn't hurt that he is a fan of multiple music genres including R&B, Pop, Gospel, and Soul. He draws his inspiration from his eight-year-old daughter who is currently battling Leukemia. Omotayo says he has "to do my very best and show her that Daddy is a trooper too!"

Todd Sarvies, 26, St Louis, MO

Todd Sarvies

Saying he's not cut out for a 9 to 5 job, Todd Sarvies is ready to make music his full-time career. Todd taught himself how to play guitar and began writing songs in high school. Todd performs whenever he gets the chance and has lost many relationships due to his hectic schedule. His girlfriend of a year, though, has been particularly understanding. Todd's favorite type of music is indie rock and one of his dreams is to collaborate with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows in the future.

Zach Berkman, 22, Peoria, IL

Zach Berkman

Now that Zach Berkman has received his degree from the prestigious Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU, he is ready to apply his education to his performances. From audio engineering to songwriting, Zach feels that his knowledge of production separates him from his fellow contestants. He can also play wide range of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, piano, and the harmonica. Even though he has a strong affinity for rock, folk, and pop music, his dream collaborators include Eminem and Jay- Z. Zach describes himself as goofy, outgoing and honest. He hopes that his performing style will continue to allow him to convey this personality to his audience.