Bea Miller has her hand on the throttle, as she glistens during her recent performance for VEVO Lift. Taking a spin in the dust with her new single Fire N Gold, the talent shines brighter than ever; her vocal is polished and dizzying on her Not an Apology cut. The single follows her previous Top 40 hit Young Blood, which first sampled her debut EP (of the same name) before she ignited pop with her first full player. She's certainly owning her moment these days, as her star begins to glow stronger. Of course, she had to learn a thing or two about this business, post-X-Factor. “I thought going into this [business] everything had a plan and always set in stone. Once someone locked in a date for something, that’s gonna be it, everything is gonna be full planned out," she shared with Popdust earlier this year. "That’s how it was before. I always needed to have a general plan for things (before I got in this business).”
“Then, I realized that is not how it is at all. Things are constantly changing. I had to be ready to get a call an hour from now telling me I needed to get up tomorrow to be ready for something. I never expected it. I had a hard time adjusting to that. I like having a plan. I had to learn to go with the flow and accept what’s going on.”
i am in love with this photo pic.twitter.com/rfPy64Zaps— bea (@beamiller) August 10, 2015
She has undoubtedly connected on a massive level with pop fans. She pondered exactly why: “I think it’s because I’m not afraid to speak my mind. What I’ve noticed is that no one ever (from what I’ve seen on Twitter) is ‘Bea Miller’s OK’ or ‘I don’t know how I feel about her.’ People either really, really love me or they can’t stand me and hate my guts. I do speak my mind and I’m not afraid to say things that sometimes aren’t the best thing. I sometimes offend people and make them angry. Some people gravitate towards that and think its cool and relate to me in that way. I never really lie. I don’t have an onstage persona separate from an offstage one.”
With Not an Apology, released last month, she said she did have to learn to compromise a bit. "I, generally, was not good at [compromising] in the past. As a person, I’ve never been good at compromising. I get an idea in my head and get very like ‘no, this is what’s going to happen. This is how I see it.’ Because I listen to a lot of alternative and rock music, I had a really hard time accepting certain things, like musically and track-wise and what was going on with how the music was sounding. I had to learn to listen to people and then once I heard the completed song, I realized they were right. It was a lot of fun, but also a great learning experience to take in others’ ideas."
The 16-year-old is currently out on the road with Fifth Harmony, on select dates. Find out additional info and grab tickets here.
Make sure you get a copy of Miller's Not an Apology on Apple Music now!
Watch her performance below:
[PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Webber/Getty]