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“I’m feeling like a star, you can’t stop my shine.” Jason Derulo’s words definitely resonate today, as the Miami native is fast becoming one of the most recognized names in the music business. With three top-10 hits and the first artist to debut with two number-one singles, Derulo’s immediate rise in the pop world has everyone taking note.
Beyond The Songs: Jason Derulo
Coming off a stint of opening for Lady Gaga on the Monster Ball Tour, Derulo is about to embark on his own headline tour around the United States. The 21-year-old’s road to stardom has led him on a journey throughout the country already.
Born and raised in Miami, Derulo left the nest and attended the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City as a teenager. Derulo’s career began with a chance of a lifetime by writing the song “Bossy” for Birdman’s album at the age of 16. From there, Jason became an upcoming and coveted writer, honing his talented writing for Diddy, Danity Kane and Sean Kingston.
His impressive song writing for other artists was just enough for him to get noticed by producer J.R. Rotem, who has produced songs for Britney Spears and Kingston. The instant chemistry between the producing Rotem and writing Derulo spawned the hit “Replay” for Iyaz. Rotem quickly realized Jason’s potential as an artist and signed him to his Beluga Heights label.
Once Derulo’s dream of becoming a singer came to fruition, Jason worked quickly and made 300 songs for his debut album. Narrowing his album down to nine songs, Derulo made his first splash on the radio with the popular Imogen Heap sampled “Whatcha Say.” Jason established his staying power with the guitar-powered “In My Head” and the single people’s anthem “Ridin’ Solo.”
Now as Derulo is about to embark on his first headlining tour with opening act Auburn, his lyrics never hold more true in his life; “…lovin cloud nine, my heads in the sky.”