A rising artist from the U.K. named Allegra just released her new single “Do What I Want.” Allegra has made waves since the release of her debut single “All About Us,” which ranked at #7 on Billboard’s Dance Chart and #1 on iTunes Italy and Canada. Allegra was also the featured cover of Rollercoaster Magazine in October. At only 18 years old, Allegra has made a name for herself and is blooming in the music industry. Music has always been a huge part of her life; Through her childhood, she was classically trained in the violin and in choir. Her move into the pop scene began at age 14. With “Do What I Want,” Allegra delivered a catchy tune that everyone will want to put on repeat to relive the feeling of youth.
I had the opportunity to interview Allegra about her new release, humble beginnings, and her fast-growing success at such a young age.
How did you start on your journey into the music industry?
I’ve always been singing since I can remember. So, I was always involved in the music concerts at school and I was in the school choir so I was actually brought up classically. It was when I was 14 when I was discovered and taken on by my label. So, I’ve been developing and writing ever since!
What is your most prominent memory of music from your childhood?
When I was younger, I would always put on a concert with my cousins and siblings. We would dress up in my Auntie’s old clothes and preform for my parents and Aunt and uncle. I just remember rehearsing for hours and I was the bossy 8-year-old delighting jobs. I loved it!
What was your process when making your latest single “Do What I Want”? What’s the story behind the song?
I wrote ‘Do What I Want’ during lock down when I found myself scrolling through social media to see what others were doing. I wanted to break that cycle and just focus on my music and that’s where the song developed. After lock down was over I was able to go and record the single which took a couple of times because I wanted it to be perfect as we knew that it was going to be the next single.
What artist is your biggest inspiration/influence and why?
My biggest inspiration is Beyoncé! I grew up listening to all her songs, watching her music videos and just trying to sing her songs in the mirror. She was the first concert I ever went to and I just remembered coming back and saying ‘I want to be like that’. I know she is always the hardest one working in the room and I can only dream to be like that.
How do you navigate the music industry at such a young age?
I think I’m lucky to have started in the music industry at such a young age because I’ve grown up knowing what people like but I’ve also been taught by elders and their music taste. It can be tough being so young because some people might not take you as seriously but you just have to give them a reason to why they should.
How did it feel to see that your debut single “All About Us” reached number 1 in Italy and Canada?
Honestly, I still haven’t come to terms with it! I’m just trying to get my head around all of it and sometimes I think it’s all fake, that it’s not real!
What goals do you have in mind for your career in the future?
I’ve been asked this question a couple of times and I can never think on the spot because I have so many goals! I would love to go on tour and just sing on stage and be able to connect with people through my music. I want my music to be like another language that people can understand and learn from.
Listen to “Do What I Want” here.