Best Chance to
Be a Star

Jami Ross

Ross' name will surprise some people, since she's only 16 and hardly as accomplished in her singing and musicianship as other artists in town. But stardom's no longer about talent so much as sex appeal and youth -- that and pitch-correcting equipment, writing teams, million-dollar ad budgets, and sponsorships. Which isn't to disparage the Mentor teen: She has a fine voice and, more important, plenty of stage presence -- obviously benefiting from her background in musical theater and film. "Confusion," the single from her forthcoming second album, boasts a swirling modern-rock sound that's a nice fit. Look out, Kelly Clarkson!