Becky G performing in December 2013
|Birth name||Rebbeca Marie Gomez|
March 2, 1997 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Rebbeca Marie Gomez (born March 2, 1997), better known by her stage name Becky G, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. She first began to gain recognition in 2011, after she posted several videos of herself performing remixes of popular songs on to YouTube. In 2014, Gomez had her first Billboard Hot 100 entry, with "Shower", peaking at 16.
Gomez was born and raised in the Inglewood, California area, but she spent her early childhood in Moreno Valley living with her Spanish-Mexican family. Financial struggles forced her family to sell their home and move into the converted garage of her grandparent's house in Inglewood when she was nine years old. Gomez wanted to earn money to help out her family, so began working part-time jobs. Jobs she had included voice-overs and commercials. She also began recording herself in Garageband. Gomez has cited Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Thalía and Selena as her musical influences.
2011–13: Breakthrough and Play It Again
Beginning in 2011, Gomez began releasing videos through YouTube, featuring her own lyrics rapped on top of popular hip-hop and pop songs. Songs covered included "Take Care", "Novacane", and "Boyfriend". These songs were to be released on a mixtape entitled @itsbeckygomez, which never surfaced. Her cover of Kanye West and Jay-Z's song "Otis" caught the attention of veteran song-writer Dr. Luke who then signed Gomez to his Sony Music Entertainment imprint label Kemosabe Records.
In 2012, Gomez was a featured artist in the singles "Wish U Were Here", by Australian singer Cody Simpson, "Oath", by British singer Cher Lloyd, and the remix version of "Die Young", by American singer Kesha, with Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa. Gomez provided the song "Monster" for the Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures animated film Hotel Transylvania which featured American rapper will.i.am.
On May 6, 2013, Gomez released the video for "Play It Again", which served as the first single from her debut EP Play It Again, released on July 16, 2013. The second single, "Can't Get Enough", featuring American rapper Pitbull was later sent to Latin radio and received heavy rotation, becoming Gomez's first #1 Latin Airplay track.
2014–present: Debut album
On April 23, 2014, she released the first single from her debut album, titled "Shower". The song eventually became her first solo charting entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 16. The second single from her upcoming debut album, titled "Can't Stop Dancin'", was released on November 4 of the same year, and peaked at 88 on the Hot 100.
- Play It Again (2013)
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