Born in the area of the former Yugoslavia now known as Kosovo, beauty Rita Ora moved to the United Kingdom before she was one, where she lived in West London.
She made some attempts to start her carrier, but after they failed, the youngster was singing in a London bar when an A&R spotted her and told Roc Nation that Ora was a good bet. Lucky she is, as a few days after that, Ora flew out to New York and met Jay-Z.
She said of him: “He’s a great mentor, a great boss and so is his wife. There’s not a lot of people on Roc Nation so the few that are genuinely get time spent on their project. It’s like a family, well especially now with Blue Ivy – although she just chills: eats, sleeps, wakes up, eats, sleeps.”
The singer went on: “Jay-Z taught me a lot about patience as an artist.” As The Daily Mail reveals, she didn’t slip her chance and this led to her making cameos on Jay-Z’s video for Young Forever and Over by Drake.
Throughout last year, Ora released viral videos of herself working on her debut album and in December, DJ Fresh and Ora released Hot Right Now on YouTube. The video has had over 17,000,000 views.
It took her two years to record her first studio album and Will.I.Am, Ester Dean, Drake, The-Dream, Kanye West and Stargate have all contributed.
Ora said of her album: “It definitely has pop in it, but you can hear influences of jazz in there, you can hear influences of Monica and Aaliyah, and then you can hear Gwen Stefani.”
When asked how the album has evolved since the original concept, Ora responded: “The original concept has changed, because I was 18 then. Now I’m 21. The album has grown with me. There are some tracks from when I was 18 that won’t be on the album because they’re too young, or not me right now.”
She also said that Madonna and Kylie, who back this year, are legends: “They can do no wrong and release music forever. I think they’re great. My favourite is Madonna, but they’re both Queens of pop.”
In a recent interview with That Grape Juice, The Kosovo-born singer opened to about why she has her own identity.
“Well, how Rita stands out from the pack I think is that I’m very honest with my music. I don’t really hide behind my lyrics. I don’t really sing something that I don’t believe in or that is not going to happen or that I want to happen, so it’s all things that I really believe in,” the singer said.
“There are no boundaries to my music; if I want to a reggae song, I’ll do a reggae song tomorrow. I feel like I want to embrace music to its fullest potential and want everyone to have fun with it and realize you can escape for three minutes.”