Keep practicing baby girl. sing a little everyday. Run outside and sing while u run, and that will teach you how to hold notes, and expand your vocal chords. Listen and learn some Teena Marie, Mary J. Blige, and Chaka Khan. You don't have to try to sound just like them, but do sing their songs, and I guarantee you, your voice will get stronger, then you will create ur own sound, but mainly practice with Teena Marie songs. Keep practicing and looking/listening at and to yourself, and tell people, that you are a little girl with a dream, who's practicing and please don't tear you down. Good luck!!