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EXCLUSIVE: Keara Graves Talks “Lost & Found Music Studios”

We caught up with Keara Graves, a.k.a Leia on Netflix’s “Lost & Found Music Studios,” to get the 411 on her character, behind-the-scenes set moments, and SO much more! The show, jam-packed with relatable, repeat-worthy songs, will undoubtedly become your new favorite series and with 13 episodes already available to stream, we suggest you start watching, NOW! 😛

Check out Keara’s Q&A below but first, here’s a look at one of her awesome performances:

Tell us about your character! How do you relate?
My character, Leia, is definitely the drama queen of the studio. She has very high musical standards, and is extremely focused on her goals and ambitions, especially when it comes to her crush and her career! Oftentimes, she acts without thinking of the consequences (which gets her into some pretty sticky situations!), but deep down, she means well and has a big heart. I’m quite different in nature than Leia, however, we share many of the same characteristics. We are both very driven, career-oriented, optimistic, and bubbly, but I surely wouldn’t go to the extremes she would go to in order to get what she wants!

What is it that really drew you to this role?
I absolutely adore playing Leia… sometimes it feels like second nature to slip into the role. I love creating the dimensions of her personality, as she is a very dynamic character who goes through many ups and downs. It has definitely been a challenge to play her, but I’m always willing to take on any challenge that comes my way, and it ended up being a really positive one!

What was your reaction when you found out that you got the part?
I remember coming home from dance class one day, and finding my mom in a strangely mysterious and upbeat mood. I walked into the kitchen, and she began jumping up and down, saying I got a role in Lost & Found! I had never been more ecstatic in my life. We danced around in the living room, screaming and laughing. I can’t even begin to describe how blessed and overjoyed I felt.

Are there any memorable behind-the-scenes moments you can share with us?
Probably the most memorable moment on set was the very last day of filming. We shot our final scenes and all got picture-wrapped. I remember it like it was yesterday, because we were all crying, hugging and reminiscing, as we toured around our sets, recalling memories. It felt really good to look back on everything we accomplished and the amazing friends we made.

How does the cast like to bond, off set?
The Lost & Found cast is all one big family, so whenever we get together, it feels like magic. We’re all normally pretty busy, but we always find time to see each other, even if it’s just a few of us going out for coffee.

For fans that haven’t seen the show yet, what can they expect from these episodes?
The first half of the season is filled with tons of drama, surprise, embarrassment, heartbreak, and of course, pretty awesome music. The first episode will probably leave you cringing and biting your nails… but I’m not gonna spoil the surprise just yet, you’ll have to watch and find out!

Outside of the show, do you work on your own stuff? How would you describe your personal sound?
Yes, I’m constantly working on covers and writing original songs for my YouTube Channel. I’m currently taking singing lessons, piano lessons, and acting lessons all on top of school. My voice has a deep, smoky tone to it, which works out perfectly because my favourite genre to sing is jazz! I’d love to put out a jazz/blues/soul revival album one day.

Which artists would you consider your musical influences?
My absolute favourite vocalist of all time is Ella Fitzgerald. She’s my ultimate inspiration, and has taught me many things simply through her music. My grandmother used to be a beautiful jazz singer when she was a teenager, so I look up to her immensely as well!

The show features a lot of performances — were you nervous at all having to film those?
Of course, at the beginning, the performances are quite nerve-wracking to film because of how many eyes are on you. However, by the middle of the season, the performances had become my favourite scenes to film because you really get to let loose, have fun, and sing your heart out!

What kind of storyline are you hoping for your character in future episodes?
I think it would be really interesting to explore Leia’s background and home life. I’d love for the fans to discover why she acts the way she does, and what baggage she possibly has to carry around!

How can fans get your attention on social media?
Fans can totally follow me on social media! I absolutely LOVE hearing from you guys!
Instagram: @kearagraves
Twitter: @kearagraves
Facebook: facebook.com/kearagravesofficialpage
YouTube: youtube.com/kearagraves

What’s something you’re hoping to cross off your bucket list this year?
I really want to travel more and explore different cultures and lifestyles around the world. It’s such a beautiful thing to do, and it would be a very eye-opening experience for me. I’m hoping to travel to Europe this year (I’m thinking Spain?!)

What’s the most-played song in your iTunes at the moment?
Lately I’ve been super captivated with Leon Bridges, and I can’t stop listening to “Lisa Sawyer”, a song on his album, Coming Home!

Do you have any current obsessions?
The artists I’ve been obsessed with and have been listening to a lot recently are Leon Bridges and Fleetwood Mac! I’m also reading Lawrence Hill’s amazing new novel, The Illegal, and I’m lovin’ it!

Any special message for the fans/viewers?
My motto is “Stay Positive Peeps!” I’m an eternal optimist, and believe in the power of positive thinking. If you put positive thoughts out into the universe, those thoughts will come return back to you in the form of an opportunity, experience, etc.! So, whenever you’re feeling down or have disbelief in something, turn those thoughts into positive ones, always look for a silver lining, and good things will happen for you! Remember to love yourself in everything that you are, because you are absolutely beautiful and unique, and there’s no one out there like you! Take time to count your blessings and let go of all unnecessary doubt or discouragement. You have so much to be grateful for! Smile, be kind to others, and do what makes you happy. :)

THIS OR THAT:
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Instagram or Twitter? Instagram!
Texting or Calling? Calling!
Waking up early or Sleeping in? Sleeping in!
Horror movies or Comedies? Neither… ROMANCE!

Keep up with the show on Twitter & FB! :)

EXCLUSIVE: Serayah Talks Empire, Upcoming Music, 5H & More!

(Photo via @serayah)
We caught up with Empire star, Serayah, to talk about what fans can expect from season 3, her explosive single from the show “Look But Don’t Touch,” her 2016 to-do list, and so much more! The actress/singer even talked to us about 5H and what her and her squad stay up talking about all night! 😛 Check out her Q&A below but first, watch the LBDT video right here:

With Empire’s explosive finale, what can fans be expecting from season 3?
Great story lines following the amazing family and Tiana !

What kind of storyline are you hoping to have for Tiana?
I hope we see more of her inner life and background, great music and performances, also whoever she might be dating !!

“Look But Don’t Touch” has been blowing up on the charts! Did you expect the reaction to be the way that it has been?
I know my fans love to see me perform, but I was totally shocked when it made it to radio and up the charts. It’s so awesome I feel so blessed!

The video, almost at half a million views, shows off some killer choreography – does that come easy for you?
Dancing is like a hobby for me I just love to do it! So it does come easy, but I work hard because it’s important to me in every performance to entertain my audience and to have great performances.

In a recent interview, you mentioned that the character of Tiana was originally supposed to be someone totally different, can you explain?
Yes! Tiana was originally androgynous and more rough around the edges she also was a rapper! Well all that changed once the producers saw me dance ! Lol

Outside of the show, have you been working on your own music?
Yes I’m working on my freshman album and the process has been angelic. I’m working with some of the greats and have had the pleasure to have full creative control on the direction of my album.

How would you describe YOUR personal sound?
It’s a lot like Tianna, with more rnb melodies.

When can fans expect a musical release from you?
Hopefully a single this summer and album later this year!

When it comes to having stage presence, which artists do you draw inspiration from?
JANET JACKSON!

After stepping out on stage with Taylor Swift last summer, do you have hopes for heading out on your own tour in the future
Yes of course!! What would I be striving for I didn’t want my own tour one day. :)

Being a part of Taylor’s squad, you’ve also gotten close with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello – what’s it like when you all hang out? Have you met/hung out with the other Fifth Harmony girls?
We just chill, eat, and talk about boys lol! & Yes! All the Fifth Harmony girls are so nice :)

What’s the most-played song on your iTunes at the moment?
Controlla- Drake

What’s a song that you wish you wrote?
I will always love you – Whitney Houston

We love your fashion sense! How would you describe your personal style?
Thank you ! Tomboy/city shiek/ 90s grunge/ goth

What are some of your favorite stores to shop at?
Top shop, HM, Urban Outfitters

What’s something you’re hoping to cross off your bucket list this year?
Open up for a big artist and book a feature film.

With all the traveling that you do, what are some of your ultimate travel essentials?
Travel size Dove soap, st. Ives apricot scrub

With a big social media following, what’s the best place for a fan to get your attention?
Instagram for sure!

Do you have any current obsessions? (ex: books/movies/tv shows)
“Prayers for when you don’t know what to pray” by Steve Harvey.

Any special message for your fans?
Thank you for supporting me and stay tuned for my music ! I’m working really hard for you!

Meet Princess Isabel Of “Elena Of Avalor,” Voiced By Jenna Ortega!

(Photo: Disney Channel/Aaron Poole)
We are SO excited about the royal first look at Princess Elena’s little sister, Isabel, a budding inventor who is voiced by Stuck In The Middle’s Jenna Ortega! “I always wanted to be a Disney princess,” Jenna said. “So, to be able to be a part of ‘Elena of Avalor’ and voice Princess Isabel is a dream come true. I love her creativity and determination… and we both love our sisters!” Check out the royal video right here:

Don’t miss “Elena of Avalor” when it airs on Disney Junior!

EXCLUSIVE: Cailee Rae Talks Upcoming EP, Dream Tourmate & MORE!

Photo: Brandon Woelfel
We caught up with our girl, Cailee Rae, to talk about her new single, “Anchor,” her upcoming EP, who she’d love to hit the road with (s/o to Selena Gomez!) and SO much more! Check out her Q&A below but first, watch Cailee’s incredible new music video:

Let’s talk about your new single, “Anchor” – what inspired the song?
I was just inspired by growing up. I think we all go through that time when we have a realization that something or someone is holding us down. I wanted to write about the strength we all have to take to remove something negative out of our lives, and being able to turn it into something positive.

With such an important/empowering message, was the song easy for you to write?
It was because I had personally gone through the themes in the song so I was just writing from my heart. I co-wrote the song with Dayyon Alexander and he was the same way. We both just related to the topic, so writing it was so natural.

What do you hope fans take away from the song?
I just want them to feel empowered. It’s important to know you aren’t alone in this world. We all go through things good and bad and that’s okay. We can all get through them with a little positivity and love from others.

As for the music video, the visuals are stunning! How did you come up with the concept?
Thank you so much. I was honestly in my car pretending I was in a music video and it was just what I had started to imagine. It all shows different ways of suffering with yourself. The water represents drowning in your own thoughts, the chains represent facing yourself, and the color represents being covered in your emotions (just like the cover artwork of the song).

What was the experience like filming the video?
It was CRAZY fun. It was so collaborative and everyone was so great. It was my first time seeing the filming of a video so it was cool to be a part of it all. Everything takes a lot of teamwork, so when you have a great team it’s a lot of fun. The underwater scenes were the coolest to watch. It was not easy to film those!

Were there any memorable moments from set that you could share with us?
The underwater scene. Filming it was so crazy, I had people scuba diving with me and the set up was just so cool. There were speakers underwater and so when I went under, it was so magical. I felt like there wasn’t a camera and like I was in a dream. It’s a feeling I will never forget. I love that in the music video it literally shows that magical state I was in. Everyone was just in a trance.

Your new EP is set to release in a month – how does the sound differ from your previous songs?
You can definitely hear a lot of growth. The whole sound is just different and fun. I worked really hard on it all and I cannot wait for everyone to hear it.

Are you hoping to go on tour anytime soon to promote the new music?
I really hope that by the end of the year I can play some shows or open for someone. That would be so fun.

Who do you think would make the ultimate tour-mate?
Hmm. I think Selena Gomez would have been so much fun to tour with. She seems so sweet and talented. She’s QUEEN.

What’s the most-played song on your iTunes at the moment?
Calvin Harris X Rhianna – This Is What You Came For :)

What’s a song that you wish you wrote?
Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. SUCH A JAM. The lyrics are literally me.

We love your fashion sense! How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is a mix of “put together” but casual. I love to add pieces that are nicer but mixing them with casual, rougher things. I think that mixing in different types of styles is so fun.

What are some of your favorite stores to shop at?
I love Forever21.

What’s something you’re hoping to cross off your bucket list this year?
I really want to travel somewhere fun this year. Not sure where but somewhere out of the U.S. Maybe meet some international CaiBaes. :)

With a big social media following, what’s the best way for a fan to get your attention on Twitter or Instagram?
Fans always get my attention when they Tweet or Instagram cute videos of them lip-syncing or dancing to one of my songs. So. Cute.

Do you have any current obsessions? (ex: books/movies/tv shows)
I will forever be obsessed with Gossip Girl. XOXO. :)

THIS or THAT
Twitter or Instagram? Instagram
Texting or Calling? Calling. I love talking.
Horror Movies or Comedies? Horror Movies. I also have a huge sweet spot for horror movie parodies. LOL
Sleeping In or Getting An Early Start? Getting an early start.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix

Want more of Cailee Rae? Watch the BTS video of how the “Anchor” music video came to be:

Follow Cailee on Twitter & Instagram! :)

GIVEAWAY: Win Tix To The OUAT Official Convention!

MAJOR NEWS. Fans of ABC’s hit television series, Once Upon A Time (Sundays 8/7c), can celebrate their favorite fairy tales characters as Creation Entertainment brings an unforgettable convention weekend to the east coast for the FIRST time. The Once Upon A Time Official Convention is scheduled for next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 at the Marriott Hanover! Wanna go? We’re giving you the chance to win some tickets! More info below 😉

The magical weekend will feature on-stage appearances by Once Upon a Time stars including: on Saturday, Lana Parrilla (Regina), Rebecca Mader (Zelena/The Wicked Witch) and Raphael Sbarge (Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper); on Sunday, Emilie de Ravin (Belle, Sunday only), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Sinqua Walls (Lancelot), and Eion Bailey (August W. Booth); and on Saturday and Sunday, Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), and Beverley Elliott (Granny). The host for the weekend will be Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy).

Besides the on stage appearances there will be exhibits, live musical performances, auctions, costume contest, trivia competitions, autographs, photo ops, Once Upon A Time merchandise and more. General admission tickets are available in advance through www.creationent.com or at the door for $65 for Saturday and $60 for Sunday. The Friday evening concert is $30. Tentative event hours are Saturday, 11:00AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

ABOUT THE CONTEST:
We’re giving away 10 pairs of GA weekend tickets and 1 grand prize pair of GOLD tickets! Awesome, right? Here’s how you can win:

1. Make sure you’re following @popstarmagazine on Twitter!
2. Tweet us with #PopstarOUAT and tell us what makes you such a OUAT super fan! Enter as many times as you’d like – we’ll be reading ALL entries!

We’ll contact all winners next Wednesday morning! That means you have a week to tweet us your entries!

*Winners must be able to provide their OWN transportation to/from the convention!*

GOOD LUCK & SEE YOU ALL THERE! :)