|Birth name||Paula Dacia DeAnda|
November 3, 1989 |
San Angelo, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Pop, dance, R&B|
|Labels||Arista, LSR Entertainment|
Paula Dacia DeAnda (born November 3, 1989) is an American pop singer-songwriter and actress. 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 Billboard Hot 100 top twenty song "Walk Away (Remember Me)".
DeAnda was born in San Angelo, Texas to Mexican parents Steven and Barbara, a restaurant general manager and a registered nurse. At age six she began taking piano lessons and was soon singing at functions around town at the recommendation of her piano teacher. She also sang the national anthem at local football games. In 2002, DeAnda's family decided to move to Corpus Christi in order to help further her career in music because Corpus Christi had a reputation as a music hub. She attended Mary Carroll High School.
2005–09: Debut album Paula DeAnda
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. Her first single, "What Would It Take" was serviced to local radio stations in July, received airplay from ten radio stations across the country. The song was later switched for "Doing Too Much" 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. "Doing Too Much" was certified gold in the US in 2007. "Doing Too Much" missed the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, it served as the lead single to her self-titled debut album which was released in the summer of 2006. Paula DeAnda charted at number 54 on the US albums chart. The album mainly consists of songs about love and relationships and is of the pop-R&B genre. 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)" was her biggest hit, reaching the top twenty on the Hot 100. The single was certified gold by the RIAA. However, follow-up singles, "When It Was Me" and "Easy" did not gain traction. She later acted in the MTV television film Super Sweet 16: The Movie. In 2008, DeAnda began production on next effort, initially due in 2009. A single, "Roll the Credits", was released and a video was planned, but it did not chart. Clive Davis left Arista's parent company at the time, RCA Label Group in 2008 to become the chief creative officer for Sony BMG. DeAnda also parted ways Arista following his departure.
2010: Scrapped album
After she was dropped from Arista Records, DeAnda had to scrap her whole album. The project was never released. Her Spanish album which was also planned for release was also scrapped. DeAnda posted a series of covers on YouTube in the summer of 2010. A single, "Besos (Kisses)", was released for digital download in August 2011. In 2012, DeAnda independently released a new single called "Your Place" and a year after in 2013, she released another track called "Shut Up and Love Me"; both failed to chart in the music market.
2014: The Voice
DeAnda auditioned for Season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, as revealed on her Twitter page. 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
|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||Defeated|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|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"||113||—||—||—|
|2009||"Roll the Credits"||—||—||—||—||Non-album singles|
|2013||"Shut Up and Love Me"||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
|2006||"Doing Too Much"||Diane Martel|
|"Walk Away (Remember Me)"||Ray Kay|
|2013||"Your Place"||Larry Servin|
|2007||"There's Nothin'"||Sean Kingston||Sean Kingston||Vocals|||
|"Supa Chic"||Baby Bash||Cyclone||Co-write, vocals|||
|"As Days Go By (The Love Letter)"||Vocals|
|"Bubble On"||Latino Velvet||The Camp is Back||Vocals|||
|2010||"Best Friend"||Dirty Mexican Zoe||Mindin My Bizniz||Vocals|||
|2011||"Dreamin"||MC Magic||The Rewire||Vocals|
|"Thanks for Looking Over Us"||Jay Tee||Single||Vocals|||
|"Get it In"||Lucky Luciano||Money Bags||Vocals|||
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