What got you into singing?

When I was 7 years old my mom and dad had me join a choir. I used to be obsessed withholding the microphone, haha, but being part of that choir was my definitely my first stagesinto singing. My parents say that ever since I was a little girl I have always had music in me!

Were there any major roadblocks growing up that you had

to overcome?

Definitely, I remember when I first audition for Idol Kids and I didn’t get through. Being 9 years old it can definitely be something that we take harshly. However I did have so muchfamily and friends support that I was able to overcome this and went on to be on “La VozKids” (The Voice Kids)

How does growing up in Puerto Rico make things different

for musicians?

Growing up in the Island as a musician is very very difficult if you want to make it a ca- reer. Puerto Rico is a very musical country everyone is always happy and singing, how-ever, the opportunities to make an album or even a single without traveling outside of the Island are very slim. The upside is that I grew up surrounded by music with all the festivalsand not to mention Christmas time, haha.

What message do you try to send through your songs?

I want to inspire and motivate people and to be able to have people of all ages identify with my songs.

Is there anyone that influences you, or that you look up to?

My influences for style are Becky G and J-LO. As for my voice and music style are Chris-tina Aguilera, Demi Lovato and Puerto Rican singer Kany Garcia.

What happened that made you realize this is what you wanted to do?

Auditioning and being a part of all the talent TV shows definitely gave me the courage to know this was something I wanted to pursue.

What effect do you think music has on the youth?

I honestly think with how much access we have to music now days, speaking as a youngperson myself, music is an avenue and escape for many things. From having a stressful day at school to wanting to relax and have some fun. Music helps us shape our world.

How has your music changed you as a person?

My gosh! Music has helped me to not be shy, to be more outgoing, to have an avenue to express myself and my feelings and to reach others in ways words can't.

From artist to aspiring artist, what advice do you have in the beginning, when you get started?

A very important advice is to not take criticism personally. There is a lot of hate and you just gotta stay positive and surround yourself with positive and encouraging people. Also it’s a lot of hard work so persevere, persevere, persevere!

What is your most vivid memory on the road to becoming a


So far performing on live TV is definitely up there with the top. But I have a big concert coming up and I think when that happens that will top that.

Ariana B., 15

Interviewed by Tyson, 13