Blonde beauty Grace Valerie is an upcoming pop superstar making her way through the music industry one single at a time. The Russian native decided to make her dreams come true when she travelled to America after she was granted an opportunity to work with Randy Jackson. Today, she is preparing for her debut album as an independent artist.
Grace’s most popular single recently hit 1.5 million views since she posted it on YouTube, which has boosted her online presence and increased he fan base drastically. Vixen chatted with the lovely freshmen about her style, the best advice she’s ever gotten and her musical inspiration. Click ahead and get to know the pop diva.
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Vixen: What was one of your most rebellious moments?
Grace Valerie: I would say coming all the way from Russia to America. It was very brave and probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever done in my life.
Do you have any hidden talents or interesting things that you do in your leisure time?
I love to cook. I love to do make up and anything that involves beauty. I would say that it’s my hidden talent because I learn really quickly from the make up artists that I work with. I love to create on my own looks and do my own make up. Sometimes I’ll help my girlfriends out too.
What’s your favorite “girl power” anthem?
The song by Beyoncé, “If I Were a Boy.”
What is an un-googleable fact about you?
I love to watch a lot of TV shows. I don’t ever talk about it, but when I have free time I love to stay at home. Sometimes I sit on my couch and watch TV shows and movies. That’s like my favorite thing to do. My favorite television show is Scandal—I love it. My favorite movies as of right now are The Great Gatsby and Side Effects.
Who is your biggest inspiration in music?
My biggest inspiration is Beyoncé. I love her music, I love the way she dances, and I love the clothes she wears. She definitely inspires me a lot and I follow her on a daily basis. I’ve learned a lot from her as an artist.
What is your favorite work that you’ve done as an artist?
My favorite work of my own was shooting the music video for the song “When the Lights Go Down.” It was very fun. A lot of great dancers came out and I had a lot of amazing clothes. There were just good people hanging out. My friends in L.A came out, my brother flew from Russia and it was just a lot of fun. I also want to say another one of my favorite things I’ve done was visiting a school. I really loved talking to the kids, playing with them, reading with them and dancing with them. It’s just so cool that you can talk to them and they’ll listen to you and look up to you. It makes them think about their own future and what they want to do or who they want to be. It was a great time.
What was the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
When I started working with Randy Jackson, he always supported me and he would always tell me that I should not be afraid of who I am. He always told me to go for it. I think that that really pushes me everyday. To hear such great words from such a great man and such a talented producer as Randy Jackson, it means a lot.
What was your first fan moment like?
I had a show in Chicago at a local gay cub and the fan drove from another state to see me. He was tweeting and Facebook-ing me about my show saying that he was there and how excited he was. I saw him in the front row singing my songs and after the show he came up to me and we chatted and took pictures. He told me that “When The Lights Go Down” was his favorite show and it was really sweet. I think I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on creating my own lipstick. I’m also working on a daily basis with dance routines and setting up dates for other shows. I am working on my first album and a lot of new music. I’m planning for some New York City press days in June as well.