Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen Amaria Braithwaite’s career get stronger. At just fourteen years old, she has already won the first series of CBBC show Got What It Takes, winning a performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, along with being a contestant on The Voice Kids. Having just released her debut single Summertime, we talk to Amaria about talent shows, performing and what she’s got coming up.
How different was The Voice Kids to Got What It Takes?
It wasn’t really different because it’s still a competition. There was more in Got What It Takes, it was more fun, you get along with everybody, but with The Voice Kids there was no rest, there’s just rehearsal rehearsal rehearsal and there’s no time to reflect on what you’re doing.
Would you consider auditioning for any other talent shows?
Not for now because with GCSEs I’ve got to start concentrating on school but once that’s done then yeah, maybe.
Would you go on the adult The Voice or would you do something different?
Well hopefully by then I wouldn’t need to be on The Voice adults, I’ll be much further!
What was it like performing at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend?
It was a great experience. You get noticed a lot, it was a bit nerve-racking to perform in front of loads of people, but then I just got over and done with it. It was fun because I like singing and performing so I have to give a great performance to entertain people.
You’ve been in the studio recently, is this for an upcoming single or album?
Well I’m in the studio every day so yeah singles, EPs, albums all sorts.
How did you get into singing?
Well I’ve come from a musical background family and we sing a lot, dance a lot and act a lot. I think I started off at dancing then acting then singing and then from that I just continued singing.
Do you get nervous before performing?
Not necessarily nervous but I do get butterflies, I’m excited but no I’m not nervous at all.
How did you get involved with the event for Grenfell?
They saw me singing, I think on my Instagram, they emailed my mum and asked if I could be involved with it because it was round our area and it’s so sad. I said yeah I don’t mind singing there and just donating stuff.
When did you film Pitch Battle and what was it like performing in a group rather than as a soloist?
It was normal to be honest, because it’s just like solo but with other people. At the beginning of it I didn’t want to do it, I thought it was childish until I got there and saw what it was like because I didn’t know what it was, I just thought it was first series v second series. I didn’t know what it was until I saw Kelis from My Milkshake Brings All The Boys To The Yard and some others there and I thought wow I didn’t know it was like that. When I got into performing it was okay but it was kind of weird because it wasn’t all of our team from series one, we had to mix because not everyone from series one could make it.
Was it very competitive?
Not really, but for the red team, maybe they took it a bit too serious! My team didn’t, we just had fun with it, we still brang it but we just had fun.
Did you get starstruck when meeting the judges and guests on the shows?
Not really, I’m a very humble person so I don’t really get all ‘oh my gosh it’s this person and that person’ I’m like, nice to meet you and stuff, but I don’t really get starstruck.
What challenge did you enjoy most on Got What It Takes?
For me personally it was when my mum was on the zip wire. She was like ‘I can’t do it!’ The last challenge or even the football challenge when my mum had to score she had to beat Lisa and she shouted, *turns to mother* what did you say again?
Together: ‘That’s what I’m talking about Lisa!’
Amaria: Hahaha something like that yeah, that was my most favourite challenge.
If you could have your time on The Voice Kids again, would you do anything differently?
I don’t think so, maybe I would have picked Will!
Did you have a judge in mind before you went on it?
Nope. It depends, if one person turned around then obviously I’d have to go with that one person, at that moment I was going to pick Will but then Pixie Lott said something, I felt sorry for her so I just picked Pixie hahaha.
Do you have any input on the song choices or is it chosen for you?
We get to for the blind audition, I got to pick the song that I wanted to sing.
Mother – Yeah but most of your songs got turned down.
Amaria – Yeah some of my songs got turned down but I wouldn’t have minded because the song choice that I got was a song I could sing. In the battles they chose the song for us.
How did your single Summertime come about?
I was in the studio with one of my friends and we were playing about, then the producer made a beat and said can you do something with it. Then we were just messing about and then it turned into something, I just wrote down more lyrics and ideas and I just put it all together.
Did you do all the writing yourself?
Yeah I write my own music and I make the beats but I do write my own songs.
Do you prefer singing or rapping?
Singing yeah hahaha definitely singing.
Is it strange seeing yourself on websites like Famous Birthdays?
Not really, not when I see myself I don’t really get cringey or anything, just when I hear my own voice, I do not like it at all.
How much fun did you have filming Dinner at 11?
It was actually one of the most funniest. We had a girl called Grace, she was just the smartest in the world, she used to bring up politics, barbie dolls, David Cameron. I remember everything it was hilarious, that was one of the only shows that I’ve actually liked.
Mother – And the producer and the production.
Amaria – Yeah everything they were really really really nice.
Can you see yourself doing musical theatre at all?
Musical theatre? Yeah I think so I used to do it a lot, what did I do?
Mother – Matilda.
Amaria – No, I didn’t do Matilda, I done A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I done that in Brit School. Who was I, oh my god I don’t know but I was one of the main characters and they turned me into a donkey, I don’t mind doing that.
Would you like to do more DJing?
Yeah of course, I love it. If I wasn’t doing singing I would do DJing, but I do DJing at the same time anyway so I love it. DJing is so fun it never gets old, sometimes singing can just get on your nerves but with DJing it’s music, anything to do with music.
What would we find you listening to on an iPod?
All genres I don’t have one genre that I listen to, it could be even opera, I like opera, not so much rock unless it’s that Sweet Child Of Mine song, I don’t know who sings it, yeah like opera, rock, all genres really I don’t just listen to one genre.
Mother – Jazz.
Amaria – Yeah, I’ve got that song on my phone.
Mother – You listen to all music and very very old music old old old like my genre going back older than me, you wouldn’t expect it but her music collection is crazy.
Amaria – Hahaha!
Mother – You wouldn’t expect it, even things like Elvis, going way back.
Amaria – Yeah.
Do you have any shows coming up which you could tell us about?
Do I have any shows?
Mother – Yes you just got another show.
Amaria – I’ve got a headline show for Paigey Cakey, that is when, I don’t even know when that is, but it’s coming up! I don’t really think so like I don’t even know myself, I only get told that, my mum just knows everything and I only get told like the day before so I HAVE to do it. She doesn’t tell me a week early she tells me the day before the show so I cannot back down!
Mother – Well a few days before, if she’s doing a new song then I’ll tell her maybe three days before but usually I just book them. She has got shows, they’re booked and in my phone I just haven’t told her yet!
Do you go to many concerts, do you like watching them as well as performing?
I don’t really go to that much concerts, with me, if it’s long I’m very lazy so if it’s long I will not go I’ll just stay at home.
Mother – You’re not really lazy.
Amaria – I am lazy.
Mother – Um… you’re not lazy.
Amaria – I’m lazy!
Mother – She classes listening to music 24/7 as lazy, I don’t think that’s lazy.
Amaria – No that’s not lazy, I mean with concerts, with famous people, if I know about it, it’s just so long for me I’d rather just stay at home and listen to music.
Which route can you see yourself going down, the singing route or DJing?
Singing all the way.
Do you play any instruments?
I play piano.
Where would you like to be in five years?
Hopefully not in this country, this country is so boring I just want to be everywhere, China. Where do I want to be, just everywhere travelling the world, America.
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