Most people were pretty moved when Demi Lovato released the "overcoming adversity" ballad Skyscraper at the end of last year. What they didn’t know was that Demi didn’t write that song, the quirky queen of bubblegoth Kerli did.
Kerli, like Demi, has overcome all kinds of adversity in her life. She was born in Tartu County, Estonia in the town of Elva, with a population of 5,000 during the Soviet occupation. At 15 Kerli lied about her age so she could enter a singing competition, after that she worked with numerous producers and due to lack of money as the contracts she had gained previously were unsuccessful, she ate nothing but rice for three months when she lived in an abandoned house during winter and slept on a cot.
At the age of 18, she moved to the United States where she continued to perform and write songs, ultimately getting an audition with L.A. Reid, who signed her to Island Def Jam Music Group in 2006.
Kerli has just released the much anticipated single Zero Gravity to iTunes, and a matching music video. I got the chance to sit down with her and talk about her start, her inspiration and what exactly "bubblegoth" is.