Geting to know singer Bebe Rexha
Dubbed one of the most daring artists of 2017, the in-demand songstress drops her debut album
She’s one of the most sought-after songwriters of the moment and this month the 28-year-old artist’s star continues to rise with the release of her first album, Expectations. We take a look.
She hails from Brooklyn, New York, and is of Albanian descent. Born Bleta (which means “bee” in Albanian), she gave herself the nickname Bebe as a child and later decided to use it as her stage name. Growing up, she taught herself to play guitar, trumpet and piano.
She showed songwriting talent from an early age and in her early teens won the best teen songwriter award at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ annual Grammy Day event.
She got her big break in 2013 when Eminem and Rihanna had a hit with her song Monster. She says at the time she was “forced to give that song away” as she “had no money and no record deal . . . I’d just turned 20”. But she acknowledges it opened many doors. She’s since penned songs for G-Eazy, Nicki Minaj , Tinashe , Pi tbul l , Selena Gomez and Iggy Azalea.
She’s also a successful singer and her latest track, country-inspired Meant to Be ( featuring Florida Georgia Line), holds the record for the longest-running No 1 by a female on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
She describes Expectations as “stripped down”. “I went back to my roots . . . I loved No Doubt, Alanis Morissette and Lauryn Hill and I wrote these more real, honest songs. And there’s a lot more guitar.”
As for the title, she says it had to do with having certain expectations when she began her career. “I thought money and fame would bring me happiness but I find . . . it wasn’t what I expected at all,” she told Billboard. “[Happiness] is like the little things. It’s my family, it’s my mom, it’s my dog, it’s a cup of coffee in the morning.”