Bebe Rexha started life in Brooklyn, New York City, on 30th August 1989. Bebe grew up in an Albanian-American household with the given name Bleta, the Albanian word for bumblebee. Pretty soon, she earned the nickname Bebe, which she later adopted as her stage name.
Always with her eye on a music career, Bebe played the trumpet at Tottenville High School in Staten Island while teaching herself piano and guitar. She got her first taste of the spotlight in high school musicals and singing in the choir. That's when she discovered her natural coloratura soprano voice — the voice that would later inspire a fascinating career that spans pop, indie and country.
Bebe penned her first tentative lyrics at age eight. By her teens, she was a fully-fledged singer-songwriter. She beat 700 entrants to win a prestigious 'Best Teen Songwriter' award. And then made waves when she performed the winning song at the annual 'Grammy Day' at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Headhunted by BMI's Samantha Cox, it was the start of Bebe's diverse career.
Exuding the star power honed from years of top-flight collabs with stars like Eminem and Rhianna, Bebe combines a captivating voice, painfully honest lyrics and cross-genre curiosity into one fascinating package. Her creative fireworks with artists from across the spectrum have spawned several viral hits, including "I'm Good (Blue)" with David Guetta.
Bebe likes to bring her unique energy to every collaboration, so it's maybe no surprise that her biggest chart impact to date was "Meant to Be." Recorded with Florida Georgia Line, Bebe's warm vocal top line perfectly suits the stripped-down and laidback production. Plus, there's real vocal chemistry with FGL's Tyler Hubbard.