Apr 28, 2016 04:53 AM EDT

Rita Ora Wasn’t Famous Because Of Jay Z, Her Career Started With Parent's Dream

By Jane Reed

When Rita Ora started, she became a bona fide solo star. She dominated the global pop market the moment she stepped into that one fateful studio room.

The young Londoner and future pop princess is now living the life, bumping knuckles with the bar management with her snazzy outfit. MTV has it that she might not have been born this way but she became a household name associated with "Wow."

The pop princess began singing when she was six years old. She used to sing poems and recalled that she did it to inspire reaction. "What drew me most to singing was the fact that I could make a noise that made me feel good about myself... This brand new communication device. I understood the power of it straight away," Rita Ora explained.

Ora began performing at open mic sessions around London and, occasionally, in her father's pub. She had her few strikes at fame when she appeared on Craig David's track "Awkward." A few years later, she became a huge priority for JAY Z's Roc Nation when she was introduced to the American public. Rita Ora became an instant hit after signing on a recording and publishing deal with Beyonce's hubbie, back in 2008.

She became who she is today because of her history and her parents. "I owe them everything," she said. Born in Kosovo, her family started up during hardships. She knew what her parents went through. When they were decamped to London, she began to experiment with her voice into her early teenage years.

Her incredible talent between mixing street-beats with pop earned her a place in the industry. She remembered all the sounds she heard on the streets, carnivals, food joints and the local black music playing. Her first record, she recalled, "had to sound exactly like my life."

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