If you've ridden the subway in New York City, there's a good chance you knew of Alice Tan Ridley long before she became known solely as "Gabourey Sidibe's mom" after her daughter wowed audiences with her explosive, Oscar-nominated turn in 'Precious.'

Although she is Gabourey's biggest supporter, Ridley is a star in her own right, and she's slowly taking the world by storm with her irrepressible, undeniable voice.

In her more than 20 years as a performer, Ridley has gained a loyal fanbase with her renditions of classics like Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do With It' and Whitney Houston's 'Greatest Love of All.' One of New York City's best kept secrets was let out when Ridley appeared on 'America's Got Talent' and revealed her awe-inspiring voice to the rest of the nation.

The beaming songstress visited PopEater to talk about her "superstar" daughter, who she'd love to perform with, and to sing a clip from her new single, 'Winning.'

"I'm out to woo the hearts of the world," Ridley says of the future of her musical career.

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