Bahamian born Angelique Sabrina is a pop sensation with her hit singles Pull Up and Stop Sign – ft. Shontelle. The 15-year-old already has been featured on MTV, Ryan Seacrest.com and Sirius-XM 20 on 20. Angelique is also the new spokesperson for Cable Bahamas Ltd – the largest cable network in the Bahamas.
Celebrity Teen Scoop recently interviewed the singer – named last month as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the Bahamas.
CTS: Congrats on your new hit single, “Pull Up.” What is the inspiration behind the song?
AS: The song Pull Up is a song about the actual “Pull Up” dance that we created. The inspiration came from my love to dance and I wanted other people to be able to learn that too. It’s about getting people up and dancing, feeling young and having fun.
CTS: You also recorded a new single, “Stop Sign,” with Shontelle. Tell us what that was like?”
AS: The collaboration with Shontelle actually came about while we were in the studio writing the song. During the session one of the writers on the song, Julien Thomspon, who’s also from The Bahamas was on a Skype call with Shontelle when she heard Stop Sign playing in the background. She loved the song so much she actually wanted to feature on it, so the next time we were in NY we met and hit it off straight away! Shontelle is a beast in the studio and I have learned so much by working with her. She has become like a big sister and mentor to me and we’ve been working on a lot more material together since – it’s exciting.
CTS: Who are your greatest musical influences?
AS: I have such a large range of musical influences. I love people like Frank Sinatra, Michael and Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Aaliyah, Donny Osmond. I also really love musical theater, so I know pretty much all of the Disney Classics soundtracks by heart…even stuff about the history and making of them.
CTS: Tell us about your new role as the Cable Bahamas Ltd. spokesperson. How did this come about?
AS: Becoming the new spokesperson and face of Cable Bahamas is a way of merging such a revolutionary company with something that’s relatable to the younger generation and can translate their products and vision in a way that is easier to understand and cool. They approached my dad who is my co-manager about the idea. They are launching a ton of new products and they saw my videos and heard about how my career was developing and said that they needed me to be their face and voice. I really love working with them
CTS: You were also chosen to do a short film performing the Bahamian national anthem. Could you tell us more about this project?
AS: The short film of The National Anthem that was shot was actually done by Cable Bahamas as a gift to the nation of The Bahamas. It was recently the Bahamas’s 40th Anniversary of Independence and we all had a meeting and thought that it would be quite fit to re-do the National Anthem and present it to the nation for pure enjoyment and patriotism. The response was overwhelming. Most people had never seen the Bahamas videoed that way and the anthem was produced in a way the was more modern and ballad-like. A lot of people told us that watching the video gave made them fall back in love with the Bahamas, which was a little overwhelming! Its amazing to have that effect – performing that was really an honor.
CTS: You graduated high school two years early while juggling an international hit song. How were you able to balance everything?
AS: It was incredibly difficult balancing all of the traveling and getting all of my school work done but the good thing about it was that my mother was my tutor. It did mean there were no holidays or weekends though which is tough for a teenager! Education is so important that despite your dreams, it should always remain a priority. I put in hard work and focus and luckily it enabled me to graduate early!
CTS: Do you have any advice for young people thinking about getting into the music industry?
AS: I would say to make sure that you are in charge of your vision and to put your everything into getting better at whatever it is you want to do. And even though sometimes you live in a society that doesn’t want you to succeed you have to remember that you live in a universe that’s on your side!
CTS: How do you like to spend your free time?
AS: When I have free time I love to read, work out, listen to music and spend it with my friends! I have amazing friends and I try and see them as much as I can. It’s your friends and family that keep you grounded
CTS: Do you have any plans to tour the U.S. anytime soon? What is up next for you?
AS: I’m always traveling really unexpectedly but for right now I’m spending a lot of time in the studio. We’re actually working on some really exciting new material at the moment, that I think will really surprise people so watch this space!