Wednesday 21 February 2018

Willow Smith: Parents inspired me

Willow Smith said she was inspired by her parents
Willow Smith said she was inspired by her parents

Willow Smith has said it was her famous parents who inspired her move into music.

The nine-year-old, whose song Whip My Hair has become a YouTube sensation, is bringing out an album on Jay-Z's label next year.

She said she was influenced by her parents' musical careers: Will Smith is a Grammy winner who began his career rapping, and Jada Pinkett Smith has toured the country as part of a metal band.

"I would go on tour with them and watch them and I'd be like 'Oh my gosh, that's what I wanna do,'" she said.

Willow added that she did not want to wait until she was older to pursue her musical career, saying: "I wanted to make a difference now, (and) because I wanted to be big and famous like my mommy and daddy and help people."

She also counts Bill Joel and Lady Gaga as singers who have inspired her.

"She's really nice," Willow said of Gaga. "She's really awesome because she cares about everybody and she writes songs about herself and everybody."

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