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Teen singer ready for a 'Shower' of success

August 3, 2014

By Patrick Ryan, @PatRyanWrites, USA TODAY

Look at me! Becky G, 17, caught the performing bug as many artists do -- at a young age, standing on the kitchen table, putting on a show. Growing up in a large extended family in Inglewood, Calif., "my only way of getting attention was by dancing and singing around the house," she says. "It was just very natural to want to entertain people, be extra-loud and have lots of personality."

Singing in the shower: The Mexican-American singer and rapper (full name Rebbeca Gomez) no longer needs to fight for the spotlight, thanks to infectious single Shower, now No. 16 on USA TODAY's top 40 airplay chart. BuzzFeed dubbed the Dr. Luke-produced earworm the Call Me Maybe of this summer.

All about family:When she was 9, Gomez's cash-strapped parents moved into her grandparents' converted garage. Rather than mope, "I was like, 'OK, what can I do to get us out of here?'" She started booking commercials, writing songs and posting YouTube covers, and eventually she nabbed Dr. Luke's attention with her remix of Jay Z and Kanye West'sOtis.She signed to Luke's Kemosabe Records/RCA in 2011.

mentors:Despite working with veterans such as Pitbull (Can't Get Enough), (Problem) and Jennifer Lopez (Becky From the Block), Gomez says some of her biggest mentors are those her own age. Two close friends in the industry are Cody Simpson and Austin Mahone: "We've gone through the same things."

Beast mode:Gomez has an army of 3.8 million Facebook fans and 482,000 Twitter followers, supporters she fondly calls Beasters. Beaster is her nickname and refers to how she goes into "beast mode" when she hits the stage. "You flip the switch, focus, and nothing's going to stop you."

Disney downtime: Before she hits the studio, she likes to pop over to Disneyland to chill out. "Even if it's just for a half-day, I have some lunch, hop on some rides, then get back to work."

Under the radar no more: She's just starting to be recognized in public, most recently at Marshalls. "The girl behind the register started freaking out: 'Can you please sign this receipt paper? My sister's not going to believe this.' It was so funny."

Her go-to shower song: "I'm a big TLC fan, so I love singing Waterfalls in the shower."

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Source: USA Today

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