Rising Music Star ‘A STARR’ On Why Self-Acceptance and Self-Love Is So Essential
…because we live our lives based on other people’s opinions and judgement, it slowly starts to shape us and we end up losing ourselves in the process. I learned that if you stay true to yourself, accept who you are, and love yourself for being different, you’ll be much happier and will attract people who genuinely love you!
Gravitating towards music since she was a toddler, A STARR quickly found a creative outlet through entertaining and began to develop her presence as a performer, acting in multiple school plays and performing in talent shows. It wasn’t long before the young artist caught the attention of Poo Bear and immediately dove into writing and recording with the legend’s support, unlocking her talents like never before.
A STARR recently released her debut single, “No Filter,” which was co-written with Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Poo Bear (Justin Bieber, Usher, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez) and produced by Shndo (Justin Bieber’s “Peaches”). The track introduces the young artist as she speaks her mind without compromise over a soundtrack of pulsating, passionate, and powerful urban-charged pop.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
I grew up an only child, so my mom is definitely my best friend and where I get a lot of my personality from. My family travels a lot between Miami and NJ, therefore I’ve been home schooled most of my life.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
Ever since I was a little girl I was always a performer. I love to dance. My mom bought me a pink stage when I was 5 and all I wanted to do was dance, sing, and perform for my family! Although I lived to be in the spotlight, I never thought of doing it professionally, until a friend of the family heard me singing. He put me in the studio with Poo Bear and my music career took off from there.
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
The most amazing thing that has happened to me was being given the chance to work with Poo Bear. Because we are both considered old souls, our connection was solidified from the very first day we started working together. So much that he is the executive producer of my first album. He’s been behind some of my favorite songs so being able to work with him on my project was surreal.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I didn’t know the first thing about songwriting or how to even structure a song. Poo Bear is one of the most talented songwriters there is in the business, so it was nerve wrecking sitting with him during that process. Because I kept it so real, Poo built me up and helped me see that there is a songwriter in all of us. An important life lesson I learned is that honesty is key to living your best life.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I’m still working on new music and I’m collaborating with a few people. I’m excited for everyone to hear it, it’s going to be a huge surprise!
Your new release talks about the importance of self-acceptance, and self-love. Can you help explain why self-acceptance is so important? How would all of us be better off if we could truly accept ourselves and love ourselves?
Because we live our lives based on other people’s opinions and judgement, it slowly starts to shape us and we end up losing ourselves in the process. I learned that if you stay true to yourself, accept who you are, and love yourself for being different, you’ll be much happier and will attract people who genuinely love you!
Why do you think this is such a huge struggle for all of us?
I think a lot of us are raised or brought up looking for acceptance of others. Because we live in a time where social media has taken over, we get caught up in this facade and tend to do what others do. It takes staying grounded, working on yourself, and learning how to self-love just to get through the pressure we all face in today’s world.
We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in music, film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
I think diversity is very important not just in entertainment but in everything. I believe that music can bring people of all different backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities together. I think everyone should be able to express themselves with music.
If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I would love to inspire a No Filter Movement. I think there has been a time in everyone’s life where they might have felt vulnerable, intimidated, or too afraid to speak up for themselves. The more this happens, little by little a person slowly starts to disappear. When you show people what they want to see and tell people what they want to hear you are doing yourself a disservice. Being honest and standing up for yourself is the bravest and most courageous thing you could do in your life.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I’m so grateful for Poo Bear for all he’s done for me. He believed in me since day one! He’s been a friend, teacher and a life mentor! He’s the reason why I’m here sharing my music with you today.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Treat others how you want to be treated!! I always treat everyone with kindness and respect, and I’m genuinely a nice person to everyone I encounter. Before I was homeschooled, I went to a traditional school where I felt outcasted for being different. Being singled out will definitely leave a mark on you, it could either break you or make you stronger. For me it did both! Although I struggled, I would not change it because I wouldn’t be the resilient person I am today who not only speaks up for myself but who has a voice for those who have not found theirs yet.
How can our readers follow you online?
You can find me on TikTok and Instagram, @a.starrofficial!
Thank you for these great insights!