Ariana Grande Biography
In March, 2013, Grande released her first song "The Way" from her debut studio album Yours Truly (2013). It became a Top 40 hit.
Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida; the daughter of Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She has an older brother, Frankie, who is also an actor. She is of Italian descent. Growing up, she took part in children's and community theater and attended North Broward Preparatory School.
2008-13: Beginnings and acting
In 2008, Grande played the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award. When she joined the musical, Grande left her high school, North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled. The school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors. In 2010, she created the original role of Miriam in the reading of the new musical, Cuba Libre, written and produced by Desmond Child.
Grande played the character Cat Valentine, whom is sweet, naive, bubbly and almost always happy. She has a very short attention span, and has bright red hair dyed to resemble her favorite snack, a red velvet cupcake. Despite her ditziness, she is very intelligent and empathetic in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, which premiered in March 2010. It ended on February 2, 2013. Grande was also featured in Dream Magazine as the cover girl for the August 2011 issue. In 2011, Ariana voiced an animated fairy, Princess Diaspro, on the Nickelodeon series Winx Club and starred as Snow White along with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris in the Pasadena Playhouse production of A Snow White Christmas from December 13–23, 2012.
In the following month it was also announced that Victorious's current season (Season 3, which was split to a fourth season) will be the last. Grande tweeted stating that she wasn't hoping for it to end and was looking forward to being on both shows. It was announced during the network's presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on August 3, 2012 that Sam & Cat, which would pair Grande from Victorious and Jennette McCurdy from iCarly together in a traditional "buddy sitcom" setting, where they would reprise their roles as Cat Valentine and Sam Puckett. Sam & Cat was picked up by Nickelodeon on November 29, 2012. On July 11, 2013, Nickelodeon doubled Sam & Cat's season one twenty episode order, leading to season one having forty episodes.
Grande sang as a soloist in various symphonies, such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonia Orchestras. She has sung various times in NYC's Birdland. Grande rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the first-ever broadcast of the national anthem for the Florida Panthers. Grande has performed covers of songs such as Mariah Carey's "Emotions" and "All I Want For Christmas", Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You and Me". The third soundtrack for Victorious was released on November 6, 2012, titled as Victorious 3.0. The first single was called "LA Boyz" (which was performed by Grande and Justice) and the music video was released October 18, 2012. In 2012, Grande also sang a duet with MIKA on the single version of his track Popular Song.
Grande played Amanda Benson "The Mountain Climber" in Swindle, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, by Gordon Korman, along with Sam & Cat co-star Jennette McCurdy.
2013: Debut album Yours Truly
Grande completed her first studio album, Yours Truly, in June 2013, and it is scheduled to be released on September 2, 2013 in the UK, and a day later in the US. The album was inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Madonna, Sky Blue from LMFAO, 3OH!3, Kool Kojak, and Pebe Sebert.
On March 26, 2013, Ariana's first single from her debut album, "The Way" featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, was released. It became a Top 40 hit and also received certifications of Platinum in US (RIAA) and Gold in Australia (ARIA). The album's second single, "Baby, I", was released on July 22, 2013.