By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY Nikko LaMere
- Los Angeles, California
Teen pop singer AJA9 talks exclusively with We Blab Entertainment about her latest single "Heart Won't Beat", and writing music with Natasha Bedingfield. Also AJA9 tell us about her plan to attend college while continuing to sing professionally.
You grow-up in Toronto, Canada and you’re currently just 13-years old with a record deal. Can you tell us how you got first got started singing professional?
I just turned 13 the day Heart Won't Beat came out on Radio Disney on April 28th. I live in Toronto with my parents, sister Charly, and my brother Billy. I love Toronto but the winters can be cold. I started singing when I first started to talk, maybe even before. I have always loved music and performing. I used to dress up in costumes and sing for my parents friends. When I was 10, I won the Perez Hilton can you sing cover contest for my cover of Sia's Chandelier. That was really fun because I got to go on the news on tv and radio, and had a few articles written about me. I also didn't know my cover had been entered in the contest because I was away at overnight camp. My parents surprised me on visitors day.
We often talk with young musicians/singers who are interested in a professional career? What advice would you give them?
My advice would be to work really really really hard. Set high standards for yourself and be critical of what you put out. This is something I live by. I also think it is important to learn to work social media and interact with your fans. Even if it's 1 fan. I love reading comments on my posts. Good and bad. The good ones sometimes make me blush and the bad ones push me to do better.
As we talked about before you signed a record deal with Republic’s Casablanca Records, and recorded a slew of hit singles. Can you tell how you balance school, and your with personal life?
I go to school 8:30-3:30. My days are very busy and I have lots of school work. I work hard to juggle my school work and music. Education is very important to me and my family. I have scheduled hours in my week that I dedicate to my music and am so lucky to have the most amazing vocal coach Marla who always keeps me in good vocal health.
Your Youtube channel features some incredible music video covers of Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Troye Sivan. If you could record a duet with any current artist who would it be, and why?
Easiest question... Ariana Grande. She is the most talented vocalist I have ever heard. She inspires me!
AJA9 has achieved a feet that most new artist only dream about, twenty million streams on Spotifty. Can you take threw a typical day in the studio with AJA9, and how you record a song?
I don't think the excitement has worn off. Gazzo is amazing to see in the studio and he's really nice. So much is going on so fast but I love it. I have amazing people who support me. My day to day life hasn't really changed except I now get to travel more and I get to hang out with more adults (which I love). I also get to write music with really talented people like Natasha Bedingfield and many others who teach me so much. I sometimes get nervous when I do interviews because I don't think I'm good at talking about myself. I love hanging out with my friends, going to camp, making slime, watching Netflix, and shopping. I love recording in the studio. I sometimes have to remind myself to be more still when I'm recording. I am usually dancing at the mic. The studio is my happy place. I love perfecting what I am singing. I rarely say it's perfect. I find I push myself the most in the studio.
Where do you see yourself at 18 years old? Do you plan on going to college, while continuing to make music?
I'm used to having lots on my plate. I definitely see myself going to college. I would love to go to Harvard. I love music so much and would never give that up. I am constantly singing and love the feeling I get when I see how people react to my singing. I am so lucky to be able to do what I love and to be working with such amazing people.
You’re voice knocks me out because it has such powerful range in pitch and tone. Do you take vocal lessons, and how do you keep your voice in shape?
I try not to let my personal life get in the way of my music life. But sometimes that doesn't always work out. I sometimes miss out on social stuff but I love my music so it doesn't really feel like work. I have amazing support and am still trying to figure out how to perfectly juggle the two.