Our latest music crush, American Idol alum JAX, has totally charmed us with her undeniable talent, fierce persona and inspiring personal journey, and today she’s releasing her latest EP called Funny, which includes some amazing new tracks for music lovers everywhere. JAX has been on the rise since her tenure on Idol, and we’ve been listening to her latest single “Stars” on repeat for days. Despite JAX‘s musical successes, her dream of making a mark on the music biz was seriously challenged when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in early 2016. Even after her battle with cancer, JAX is still fighting for her place at the top of the charts with the release of Funny and a renewed motivation to inspire and connect with her fans. Check out our interview with this music maven above and see all the reasons why we just can’t get enough of JAX!

This article has been updated from a post originally published December 5, 2016.