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Bebe Rexha

Name: Bebe Rexha

Birthday: August 30, 1989

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Bleta “Bebe” Rexha born August 30, 1989 is an American singer, songwriter and record producer of Albanian descent.

She is best known for her song “No Broken Hearts” featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, for being featured on Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home”, David Guetta’s “Hey Mama”, and for singing “Me, Myself & I” in duet with G-Eazy. She started her career as the lead vocalist of the American band Black Cards created by Pete Wentz, and co-wrote the number-one US Billboard Hot 100 song “The Monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna.

Bebe was born in Brooklyn, New York City to ethnic Albanian parents, who emigrated to the United States during the 1980s. Her father is from Dibra e Madhe and her mother is from Gostivar.

She is the first of her family to be born in the United States. Her first name, Bleta, means “bumble bee” in Albanian, which is why she uses the nickname “Bebe”.

Rexha started singing at the age of four. She attended Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York, where she took part in musicals such as Hello, Dolly!, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Bebe played trumpet for 8 years, because her parents could not afford to pay piano classes. She also entered a choir class and is where she found out that she could sing opera very well. She was told by her teachers to be a Coloratura soprano or also known as having a whistle voice.

So she began studying classic music for many years and even thought to pursue a career as an opera singer and applied to enter the pre-college program at Juilliard School in New York City. During her teen years she created a girls music band with her two high school friends, one of them is nowadays American model and actress Melanie Iglesias.

They submitted a song at NARAS the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’s annual New York “Grammy Day” event and Rexha earned the “Best Teen Songwriter” award among 700 entries from all over the country.This allowed her the opportunity to meet many prominent music producers and talent scouts.

At that time she met with the talent scout Samantha Cox, who was working with two still unknown talents Lady Gaga and Kesha. Cox recognized a big talent in Rexha, but ‘forced’ her to learn songwriting and put her in some national writing classes in NYC. Bebe was the only 15 years old among 40 years old men writers taking part in country music writing classes.

Rexha was influenced by Albanian music, classic music and musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Tori Amos, John Legend, and The Temptations. And in a Q&A took place in April 2016, Rexha mentioned Aaliyah

In 2016, Bebe co-wrote 3 songs for Iggy Azalea’s upcoming album Digital Distortion: including the single “Team” and the upcoming single “Three day weekend” which inspiration came from Bebe’s own personal experience. “While working on “Team” she told me this story…a guy came up to her (Bebe) in a bar and said ‘you girl look like a three-day weekend'”, Azalea explained in an interview for “Access Hollywood”, “it was so funny that I asked Bebe to put it in a song”.

Bebe also co-wrote the single “Under You” for singer Nick Jonas’s upcoming album Last Year Was Complicated, that it was released on June 10, 2016. The Music video of the song features also actress and model Shay Mitchell and was released on June 28, 2016. “Under you” was originally intended for Bebe herself, but later she decided to give it to Jonas, because at that time she thought it was “too sexy” for her.

On 29 July 2016 Bebe in collaboration with Dutch DJ Martin Garrix released the single “In the Name of Love”, which she co-wrote.

Bebe’s debut album, “A.Y.F.”, is due for release in October 2016

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