Posted On 16 Jul 2015
Meet Paige Young! She is considered to be one of 2015’s hottest new stars. Her debut single is “All The Way” and it features UK rap icon Chip.
As an avid singer and dancer and has been performing since the tender age of five years old, her inspirations include Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Britney Spears.
Paige is currently traveling between London, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Her debut EP “Polaroids” was just released!
Thank you for your time! Besides this interview, what else do you have on tap today?
Well, I’m sitting in a pool right now in Vegas. I came to celebrate the 4th of July with my U.S. possey. So, I guess tonight is about more drinks, some dancing and a late night session with my boy Borgore.
Growing up, did you always want to be a performer? What was your earliest musical memory? Was your family always supportive of your dream?
I have always known this was going to be my career. I remember being five years old in school making all the other kids stop playing and sit and watch me dance around, so funny and embarrassing, but I have actually dedicated my whole life to music. My family stands by me the whole way which is admirable. It’s a big dream to have and often people tend to question if it will ever happen. But for me, there’s no doubt; it’s all I know.
What was it like working with Wacka Flocka Flame on his track “Wild Out”?
Wacka is crazy! I love him and all of his energy. It was such a big deal to be asked to be featured on such a big tune with someone I have saved on my iPod. It really made me feel that anything is possible. I have nothing but love for Wacka and Borgore.
This week, you are releasing your debut studio album “Polaroids” in the US. What can you tell us about the background of this album?
I traveled between London, Atlanta and LA recording it. I became besties with Kalenna Harper, through this super emotional and really honest process. I’ve learned so much about myself, about the industry and about what it takes to make a record people hopefully will connect to. I put everything into this EP; heart, soul and sexyness! (Laughter) I want people to feel good, feel love or just feel something.
What does it feel like to finally be putting it out into the world?
Scary. I feel like I’m on a giant platform waiting to be judged, but at the same time I am ready to embrace the good, the bad and the ugly. I am excited, happy and honestly grateful for everyone who worked so hard to make this happen for me.
On “Polaroids”, you worked with some very talented artists like Kalenna Harper and Roc City. What were those experiences like?
They were honestly some of the most fun times of my journey so far. Kalenna is like a big sister to me. The way she involves her family is so incredible. She was working with me while 9-months pregnant. If that isn’t drive and determination I don’t know what is. Roc City are such talented writers. Theron spent so much time with me just talking about the industry and giving me advice on staying focused. I love them so much.
What musicians have consistently inspired you and your music? Who would you love to work with in the future?
I would have to say Beyonce is my number one. She is flawless! Her vocals and energy are insane. RiRi, I love that badass chick. She is fearless which is the number one rule my manager always tells me. I’d love to work with Chris Brown and Ciara. We could do a song called ‘Dance Off’ and throw it dowwwwwn!
What’s been the most surprising thing to you about the music industry?
How many free things rich people get! (Laughter) No seriously, just how much it takes to make it all happen. I’m blessed with a great team and I’m excited to see what happens next.
How do you think being from the UK has influenced you as an artist? How the crowds at shows compare to there and the ones here in the states?
In the UK, we certainly speak a little different. (Laughter) People seem to love the British accent over here in the US. I love that. I think the UK has taught me how to just have that individualized sense of who I am. We really embrace difference in our culture and having that mix with the energy, passion and dedication of the US culture, I’m hoping to bring something undeniable to the mix.
What do you hope people take away from your music? What would you like your music’s message to be?
Number one rule – No matter what you do in life… be FEARLESS!