Bryana Salaz

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Bryana Salaz
Bryana Salaz at the Millie Thrasher's Sweet 16 Party (cropped).jpg
Salaz in June 2015
Born
Bryana Alicia Salaz

(1997-08-25) August 25, 1997 (age 22)
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active2010–present
Musical career
GenresPop
InstrumentsVocals
Associated acts
Websitewww.bryanasalazmusic.com

Bryana Alicia Salaz (born August 25, 1997) is an American singer and actress. In 2014, she appeared on the seventh season of The Voice as part of Gwen Stefani's team. In 2019, she began portraying the role of Kaylie in the Netflix series Team Kaylie.

Early life[edit]

Born the daughter of Colonel Edward Salaz[1] and raised in a military family, Bryana has moved every two to three years since she was born. This includes attending four high schools between her freshman and senior years. Her many moves taught Bryana to easily adapt to her environment.[2]

Career[edit]

Early Days[edit]

Bryana’s initial aspiration wasn’t in music. For many years, her passion was playing soccer. She was 12 years old when her mom entered her in a military singing competition. Salaz reluctantly agreed to participate. With a lot of encouragement, she stepped onto the stage and discovered that not only did she love singing, she also loved being on stage. As a result of the competition, she was asked to perform at several different venues in Hawaii such as Don Ho’s Island Grill, Martin Luther King Jr. event at Kapiolani Park and she performed the National Anthem for the D.A.R.E. program with an audience of about 10,000. She participated in multiple singing competitions and was awarded first place at the Iolani Talent Competition in 2010. She branched out into performing in musicals and auditioned for High School Musical 2 at the Ft. Shafter Richardson Theatre. Although she was allowed to audition, they told her she was too young for any of the roles. The director, impressed with the audition, created a role for her as the "Jr. Sharpettes." She went on to perform in several more musicals. Upon moving to Atlanta, Bryana continued performing in the theater and singing competitions. She auditioned for America’s Got Talent in 2011 and advanced to the Las Vegas Rounds.[2]

2014: The Voice[edit]

In September 2014, it was announced that Bryana would compete in Season 7 of The Voice on the advice of Gwen Stefani. On the first episode of Season 7, Bryana covered Ariana Grande's "Problem." Three coaches (Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton) turned around, though Pharrell Williams said that the only reason for not turning his chair was because he felt that Bryana would connect more with Gwen than with himself. Bryana ended up choosing Gwen as her coach. At the Battle rounds, Salaz faced Gianna Salvato where they sang "Boom Clap." Bryana was chosen over Salvato, in the process advancing to the Knockout rounds. During the Knockouts, Salaz sang "Heart Attack" in which she defeated her opponent Sugar Joans and advanced to The Live Playoffs. During the Playoffs, Bryana performed a rendition of 5 Seconds of Summer's "Amnesia." Though her performance was highly praised by the four coaches, especially her coach Gwen, Salaz saw herself being eliminated the following day on the Playoffs Results night, as her teammate, Ryan Sill, was chosen over her to advance to the Top 12. Her elimination, along with Taylor Phelan, was one of the most polemics of the night, as many believed that both were certain names for the Top 12.[3]

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "Problem" Ariana Grande September 23, 2014 N/A Three chairs turned
Joined Team Gwen
Battle Rounds (Top 48) "Boom Clap" (vs. Gianna Salvato) Charli XCX October 21, 2014 N/A Advanced
Knockout Rounds (Top 32) "Heart Attack" (vs. Sugar Joans) Demi Lovato November 3, 2014 N/A Advanced
Live Playoffs (Top 20) "Amnesia" 5 Seconds of Summer November 11, 2014 4 Eliminated
Non-competition performances
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order
Live Playoffs Results "Riptide" (with Anita Antoinette, Ricky Manning, Ryan Sill, and Taylor John Williams) Vance Joy November 12, 2014 3
Live Finale "Pompeii" (with the Top 20) Bastille December 16, 2014 1
Live Finale "Bang Bang" (with DaNica Shirey, Jean Kelley, Mia Pfirrman and Sugar Joans) Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj December 16, 2014 6

2015: Sweet Suspense[edit]

On June 11, 2015, it was announced that Bryana became a member of the girl-band Sweet Suspense, replacing Celine Polenghi as the third member of The X Factor alum group. They were set to release a single; "Money" in 2015; however, in September, it was officially announced that she had left the group to pursue a career in TV, leaving the future of the group unclear.

2016: Best Friends Whenever, SNRG[edit]

In 2016, Bryana confirmed that she would be joining the second season of the Disney Channel show Best Friends Whenever. Bryana also confirmed that she would be reuniting with Celine and former Sweet Suspense member Summer Reign, to form a new girl band called 'SNRG' and that they were talking to major record labels and film studios about their music. In May 2016, it was confirmed that she left SNRG.

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

In addition to Grande and Stefani, Bryana's pop style is influenced by artists such as Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé and Whitney Houston.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Urban Cowboy Anita Unaired pilot
2016 Best Friends Whenever Daisy Recurring role; 7 episodes
2016 Bizaardvark Becky Episode: "Best Friend Tag"
2019 The Lion Guard Anga Main role; 20 episodes
2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Teen Meteora Episode: "Gone Baby Gone"
2019 Malibu Rescue Logan Recurring role; 7 episodes
2019 Team Kaylie[4] Kaylie Main role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kyle Jahner (November 14, 2014). "Colonel's daughter eliminated from The Voice". Army Times. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Bryana Salaz Music". Bryana Salaz Music. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "'The Voice' Season 7 Shocking Results: Elyjuh Rene, Bryana Salaz and Others Sent Home". International Business Times. November 13, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (February 1, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Team Kaylie' Comedy Series Starring Bryana Salaz". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 30, 2019.

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