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Paula Dacia DeAnda (born November 3, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She first came to prominence with her first single, "Doing Too Much", which became a hit in the Southwest. She then got the opportunity to audition for Clive Davis, who signed her to Arista Records on the spot. Her debut album, Paula DeAnda, was released in 2006 and contained the US Billboard Hot 100 top twenty song "Walk Away (Remember Me)".

Paula DeAnda
Paula DeAnda.jpg
DeAnda in March 2007
Background information
Birth name Paula Dacia DeAnda
Born (1989-11-03) November 3, 1989 (age 28)
San Angelo, Texas, U.S.
Genres Pop, dance, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Diamond Lane Music Group Dope House Records
Associated acts Problem Baby Bash Frankie J Marty Obey Yung Berg Kid Ink Baeza Carolyn Rodriguez South Park Mexican Juan Gotti Paul Wall

Contents

Early lifeEdit

DeAnda was born in San Angelo, Texas, to Mexican American parents Steven and Barbara, a restaurant general manager and a registered nurse.[1][2][3][4] At age six she began taking piano lessons and was soon singing at functions around town at the recommendation of her piano teacher.[5] She also sang the national anthem at local football games.[1][5] In 2002, DeAnda's family decided to move to Corpus Christi in order to help advance her career in music since Corpus Christi had a reputation as a music hub.[6] She attended Mary Carroll High School.[1]

CareerEdit

2005–09: Debut album Paula DeAndaEdit

DeAnda was the opening act for a concert which featured hip-hop artists, Nelly, Baby Bash and Frankie J. performing in front of twenty thousand people.[1][6] Her first single, "What Would It Take" was serviced to local radio stations in July, received airplay from ten radio stations across the country. Soon after, her next single "Doing Too Much" was released in December when Ocana secured a mini-tour of California and Texas for DeAnda. The song became a minor hit in the Southwest. It was then that she got the opportunity to audition for Clive Davis who signed her for a seven-album deal with Arista Records on the spot.[1][2][3][6]

"Doing Too Much" served as the lead single to her self-titled debut album which was released in the summer of 2006, and charted in the Top50 of the Billboard Hot 100. It was later was certified gold in the US in 2007. Paula DeAnda charted at #54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album mainly consists of songs about love and relationships and is of the pop-R&B genre.[7] DeAnda co-wrote four songs on the album, which features production from Happy Perez among others. She was only 16 years old at the time of the album's released. Her second single "Walk Away (Remember Me)" (written by Christina Milian and Ne-Yo) was her biggest hit, reaching the top twenty on the Hot 100. The single was certified gold by the RIAA, becoming her second single to do so. Follow-up singles from her debut included "When It Was Me" and "Easy" which the latter featured rapper Lil Wayne. She later appeared in the MTV television film Super Sweet 16: The Movie.[3]

In 2008, DeAnda began production on next effort, initially due in 2009.[8] A buzz single "Stunned Out" was released and garnered some airplay, but the set's lead single ended up being the ballad "Roll the Credits" which was released with a music video was planned[8]. Clive Davis left Arista's parent company at the time, RCA Label Group in 2008 to become the chief creative officer for Sony BMG.[9] DeAnda also parted ways Arista following his departure.

2010–14: Scrapped second album, The Voice and The Voice & The Beats EPEdit

After she was leaving Arista Records, DeAnda's sophomore album was shelved, in addition to a tentative Spanish album. Following this period, DeAnda began posting a series of covers on YouTube in the summer of 2010.[10] DeAnda released a series of digital singles: "Besos" in 2011, "Your Place" in 2012 and "Shut Up and Love Me" in 2013.

DeAnda auditioned for Season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, as revealed on her Twitter page.[11] Both Shakira and Blake Shelton turned their chairs but she opted for Blake Shelton. During the Battles, Round 1, she was defeated by fellow Team Blake teammate Sisaundra Lewis after their duet of Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want".

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition The Way Ariana Grande March 10, 2014 5.3 Shakira and Blake Shelton turned
Joined Team Blake
Battles, Round 1 "Do What U Want" (vs. Sisaundra Lewis) Lady Gaga March 17, 2014 8.5 Eliminated

After The Voice, DeAnda collaborated with the Jump Smokers on her first EP The Voice & The Beats, which was released on June 25, 2014 and featured the first single "Horns Blow (Shimmy Shimmy)".

2015–present: Second EP PDAEdit

In early 2015, DeAnda announced that she was working on another project. In February, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album, which was achieved in a couple of weeks. After the success of the campaign, she announced a new EP was in the works in addition to a full length album.

On March 23, 2015, she released the music video for her song "Brand New" featuring a new style of music for her fans. In May, she announced the title of her next EP would be PDA.[12] The following month, she a appeared on rapper Honey Cocaine's EP The Gift Rap on the track "Run Thangs". Later that year, she released another new single "Believe in Love" on her Soundcloud account.[13]

As of 2017, she's been doing some concerts and is at work on her next projects.

InfluencesEdit

DeAnda has cited Jo Dee Messina, Shania Twain, Aaliyah, LeAnn Rimes, and Selena as major musical influences.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[14]
Paula DeAnda 54

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and notes
Title Album details
The Voice & The Beats (with Jump Smokers)
  • Released: June 24, 2014
  • Label: JS Sound
  • Formats: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
US
[16]
US
Pop
AUS UK
2006 "Doing Too Much" 41 20 RIAA: Gold Paula DeAnda
"Walk Away (Remember Me)" 18 4 60 60 RIAA: Gold
2007 "When It Was Me" [A]
"Easy" 64 18
2009 "Roll the Credits" Non-album singles
2011 "Besos"
2012 "Your Place"
2013 "Shut Up and Love Me"
2014 "The Way (The Voice Performance Single)"
2014 "Horns Blow (Shimmy Shimmy)"
2015 "Marching"
"Don't Stop"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Notes

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2006 "Doing Too Much" Diane Martel[17]
"Walk Away (Remember Me)" Ray Kay[18]
2007 "Easy" Bille Woodruff[19]
2013 "Your Place" Larry Servin
2015 "Brand New" Freddy Dang

Other appearancesEdit

Year Song Artist Album Credits Ref.
2007 "There's Nothin'" Sean Kingston Sean Kingston Vocals [4]
"Supa Chic" Baby Bash Cyclone Co-write, vocals [20]
"As Days Go By (The Love Letter)" Vocals
"Bubble On" Latino Velvet The Camp is Back Vocals [21]
2010 "Best Friend" Dirty Mexican Zoe Mindin My Bizniz Vocals [22][23]
2011 "Dreamin" MC Magic The Rewire Vocals
"Thanks for Looking Over Us" Jay Tee Single Vocals [24]
"Get it In" Lucky Luciano Money Bags Vocals [25]
2012 "Butterfly Kisses" Frankie J & Baby Bash Single Vocals
2015 "Run Thangs" Honey Cocaine The Gift Rap Vocals

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b Mason, Kerri (21 January 2007), "Teenage DeAnda taking wholesome path to Top 40", Reuters/Billboard, Thomson Reuters, retrieved 2009-11-15 
  3. ^ a b c Benson, John (1 April 2007), Teen singer brings her Latin edge, Vindy.com, retrieved 2009-11-15 
  4. ^ a b Tibbetts, Tammy, "Paula DeAnda's Quinceañera Memories", misquincemag.com, Hearst Communications, Inc., retrieved 2009-11-15 
  5. ^ a b c Paula Deanda: Sweet Sixteen, CraveOnline Media, LLC., 8 August 2006, retrieved 2009-11-15 
  6. ^ a b c Official bio, Sony Music Entertainment, retrieved 2009-11-16 
  7. ^ Punjabi, Rajul (2015-09-16). "Paula DeAnda: Beyond Definition". Rap-Up. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  8. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20140714230119/http://monicamania.blogdrive.com/archive/4202.html. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Clive Davis replaced by Barry Weiss as BMG head". USA Today. 2008-04-18. 
  10. ^ "MsPDizzy". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  11. ^ "Paula DeAnda on Twitter: "Stay tuned to #thevoice .. tune in to the premiere on feb 24th"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  12. ^ "Paula DeAnda on Twitter: "#PDA"". Twitter.com. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  13. ^ https://soundcloud.com/paula-deanda-1/believe_in_love
  14. ^ "((( Paula DeAnda > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic. 1989-11-03. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  15. ^ "LicenZing LLC "Tops the Charts" for their Sweet Vibes Lux Client and Signs with Paula DeAnda for Fall/Holiday 2007 Ad Campaign" (Press release). PR.com. 6 June 2007. 
  16. ^ "((( Paula DeAnda > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". allmusic. 1989-11-03. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  17. ^ [1] Archived April 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ [2] Archived March 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121106111518/http://www.mtv.com/videos/paula-deanda/163454/easy.jhtml. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Baby Bash : Supa Chic". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  21. ^ "The Camp Is Back - Latino Velvet | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  22. ^ "Mindin My Bizniz - Dirty Mexican Zoe | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  23. ^ "Mindin My Bizniz: That Dirty Mexican Zoe: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  24. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131110184517/https://www.myspace.com/jayteezy22/music/albums/thanks-for-looking-over-us-17406613. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ "Money Bags - Lucky Luciano | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 

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