Aretha Franklin fan? Partial to Etta James? A sucker for Chaka Khan? Then chances are pretty good you’ll like Malaya Watson of Season 13 American Idol. The contestant, who officially made the Top 31, takes a cue from those beloved goddess of music when it comes to her own performances. We mean, did you see her on the February 12 installment of Hollywood Week?

This Michigan teenager keeps a pretty low profile online, but her YouTube profile and Vine give us some hint of what to expect from Malaya’s time as an Idol contestant. And what can we expect exactly? Out-of-this-world harmonies and skyscraping high notes. Just listening to Malaya’s cover of Aretha’s “Ain’t No Way” has us hoping she takes a cue from fellow Idol-ite Jennifer Hudson and performs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls.

Also in that video, it sounds as if Malaya knows how to play the piano, making her yet another Season 13 contestant who’s instrument-inclined. She takes to the keys again in her hauntingly beautiful cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” Clearly Malaya will have no trouble updating her sound for Idol!

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled (and our ears open) for any more information about Malaya now that we’ve seen her audition. In the meantime, get to know her courtesy of the Malaya Watson YouTube channel. One hundred percent soulful one hundred percent of the time.

Sources: American Idol Net, Malaya Watson on YouTube, Malaya Watson on Vine

Malaya Watson Covers Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way"


Malaya Watson Covers Rihanna's "Diamonds"


Malaya Watson Covers Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire"


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!