Rita Ora wants to be the real deal and she’s got the goods to make it happen: Exotic looks, a shockingly good voice and the right attitude. The UK songstress is on the verge of breaking big in the United States and makes a stunning debut in GQ magazine.
So far, she’s best known in the UK. Her self-titled debut album, ORA, will be released by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label in Great Britain Aug. 28. It will get a U.S. release date sometime after that, likely in the fall.
Ora, 21, signed a deal with Roc Nation three years ago and has been, as they say, in development.
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She has no problems with that. Ora, more than anything, wants to make sure she’s “non-fabricated.”
“The public’s not stupid,” she tells GQ. “You can tell an honest artist from one who’s just been given all their songs.”
Her debut single “R.I.P.” hit No. 1 on the UK charts in May and will be the lead single on her self-titled debut album. Roc rapper J. Cole, the Black Eyed Peas will.i.am and Tinie Tempah are featured on the track.
Her U.S. hit, “How We Do (Party),” is clubby, girl-power anthem, very much in the vein of Rihanna or Lady Gaga, according to the magazine. Ora, however, says she draws most of her inspiration from Beyoncé.
“Beyoncé was, and she still is, such an inspiration. She’s been in the game for so long you think she’s older but she’s only 30,” she says. “She’s a superwoman with a career and a family. I hope one day I can do the same; baby in one arm, microphone in the other.”
“It’s fun to show off your abilities,” she says. “Your vocal range, your tone.”
Check out the video below and her stunning photos.