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NAS 10 Questions with Vicky Rai

This time, we get to know Vicky Rai. Her track "Every Single Night" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.

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𝟭. Where are you from and what are your hobbies?

I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. My hobbies are singing, dancing, playing piano, writing songs, and painting although i'm not that good at painting, I still like to paint. My parents tell me when they were growing up their siblings would have a karaoke night and everyone would get together and have their turn to sing, and dance. I remember my Mom singing lullabies to get me to sleep and my Dad playing the guitar on family special gatherings.

𝟮. How did your get into music?

I started singing at the age of 2 years old and would sing along to disney songs and Christian music. I learned to harmonize at a very young age just listening to music and singing the harmonies to all types of music and i loved how it sounded. At the age of 10 my mom put me in many singing competitions and that's when i knew this was something i wanted to do. I started going to open mic nights and this helped me build my confidence in performing in front of big crowds, and helped with my self esteem. My family are very musical, my Dad plays the guitar occasionally, my mom can play keyboard and they both can also sing. When our family gets together we sing and dance to all types of music and it's so much fun. Some of my parents artists became some of my favourite artists and some of my influential artists that helped me grow and learn from different types of genres and still to this day listen to their music. If anyone would ask me who i sound like as an artist, i would say Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera. I know my sound and look will change over time as i am still very young and have alot to learn along the way. Having been singing live at a number of Portuguese music events and then spending some time with some girl groups along the way, I met Producer Michael Hanson (Glass Tiger, 5 Junos, Grammy Nominee) he said "Tiny frame, huge voice just at the age of 11, knocked me out hearing the wild moves for your age" and both decided pop & dance pop would be the way to go!

𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?

Artists that inspire me are Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes and my biggest influencer is my Mom. She believed in me when i had my doubts and helped me to believe in myself, follow my passion and staying true to who i am despite what others thought or said

4. What are your goals in the music industry?

My goals is to make people feel special and happy when they hear my music and if i can inspire people to be better humans and have an impact in their lives in a positive way then i have accomplished what i have set out to do.

5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?

One location would be to perform at the Maddison Square Gardens because it is considered The World's Most Famous Arena for its rich history of events that took place there and one other location would be at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto because it's where I live and would be cool to meet people from my own home town.

6. What is your all-time favorite song?

right now It's "Good for You" by Olivia Rodrigo her music is so meaningful to me in so many ways with my own past experiences in relationships and i just love how she is a young artist expressing her feelings through music and this is something that we all can relate too in some way or another.

7. Most embarrassing moment?

The most embarrassing moment was when I forgot the lyrics to a song when I was competing in a competition to an Adele song. Thank goodness the band continued to play and they helped me get back into it pretty quickly but this haunts me still to this day.

8. Proudest accomplishment?

Releasing my first ever single that I wrote all by myself when I was 13 years old and most recently the debut single Every Single Night. Another proud accomplishment was when I got paid for singing in the Portuguese community festivals and i never thought to be paid to sing at such a young age

9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?

That I just do what i love to do and sometimes sing just for the sake of singing and i love to pick up an instrument and play it without having to read music notes. I listen to a song and do my own thing sometimes i do not like to follow theory books.

𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?

I would love to collaborate with Ariana Grande because she has an amazing vocal range and she is an aritist that has gotten me through many up's and down's with her music and feel like we would have so much to talk about.

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