Keana grew up just like any normal 18-year-old girl. She describes herself as down-to-earth, humble, and very much a family oriented person. However, while kids her age were busy planning their prom and worrying about extracurricular activities, Keana was already auditioning for films and writing her own songs, which would soon become hits in Japan. This month we feature actress/singer Keana Texeira, as well as the exclusive release of her latest video “Candy from Strangers.” Find out what makes her tick!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Keana. I’m 18 – I’m a singer, actress, and a model.
Tell me a little about your career path. How did you first get started singing and how did you end up where you are now?
I started singing when I was little, and I’ve never stopped. Entertaining has and always will be in my blood. When I was 13, I started in a girl group called The G-GIRLZ. Like with any girl group, it broke up and I went solo. I traveled to Japan when I was 15 and released my first single, “Could you be the one.” It went #1 the second day after its release. I released my debut album “Still in a Dream” on my 16th birthday and since then I’ve had a total of five #1 singles. My style of music has changed so much but I don’t have any regrets. Everything in my past has been a valuable learning experience.
Tell me a little bit about your creative process when writing music. Where do you go for inspiration?
I’m a very visual person and always see things from a visual perspective. It’s definitely important to relate to the things you write about. I always think ahead how I will perform the song, how the treatment will be for the music video, etc. I think ahead and make sure I’m happy with my choices.
In an industry that’s so chaotic, what keeps you focused and grounded?
I remind myself everyday of what I’ve been blessed with and always remain grateful for those blessings. I surround myself with good people that I know I can trust and that have my back (and I’ve got theirs). I’ve learned never to get caught up in drama or gossip; in this industry, you learn pretty quickly that it’s a small world and everyone knows everyone.
Have there been any individuals that have really guided you through your talent/career, whom you look up to?
I look up to my mom. In this whole experience, she has never once questioned my dreams. There are always those who’ve had their doubts or second thoughts but my mom has always believed in me and for that she is my hero.
Is there a specific emotion/idea you want to convey though your music?
I like something you can dance to. My new music is upbeat and always has a carefree, summer-y feel. It’s always summer for me!
What’s been the most exciting thing you’ve encountered since starting your music career?
Meeting new people, growing up with my fans, and as I embark on my first year of adulthood, learning about life! One of the most exciting milestones in my career is working with FIAT and getting my pearl white Cabrio. I named her Purrr (because she’s so purr-fect). I love my FIAT family (and my new Miss KL family too!!!!!)
Were there any specific struggles you’ve had to overcome as an artist?
No matter how hard you work, or how you overcome struggles, there will always be people that will put you down and hate what you do. I’ve learned to accept that and learned early on that it’s MY life and I have the power not to let haters affect me. Success is the greatest revenge.
You’ve traveled all over the world – Which places are your favorites?
For shopping, food, and fashion, JAPAN is the best! I love the humble culture even though they are years ahead of us in technology and fashion! Plus they have the most amazing pet store in Roppongi that has the smallest, cutest puppies! I would love to keep traveling and visit France, London, Australia to name a few. I’m a sucker for accents.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Through my music, I can be whoever I want to be. There is no right or wrong…it’s whatever I want it to be which is why it’s so fun.
How does your personal style reflect your music?
As I am going through changes in my life, my music style and content is naturally evolving with me. When I was younger, I was told what kind of music to do. Now, I decide. I make sure the song/s are right for me and that I enjoy doing them.
If you weren’t singing, what else would you be doing?
I would probably be writing and directing movies. Or be a stylist. I love fashion and am passionate about writing.
Can you tell us a little bit about your novel, Luna’s Dream? What is it about and what led you to write a book?
When I was 14, I was in love with vampires. Not the Edward and Bella Type –more like the Brad Pitt in Interview With a Vampire or Lestat in Queen of the Damned. They were both so mysterious and incredibly sexy. I also saw The Lost Boys around that time, and was in love with anything dark and mysterious. Luna’s Dream is all that (as told from a 15-year-old’s perspective). It’s Bella and Edward meets The Lost Boys, meets Underworld. It was cool because I was the vampire.
What other hobbies do you have besides singing?
I love to shop. Believe it or not, I also love to clean. Then I love to shop again.
Is there any advice you’d give to girls looking to follow the same career path as yours?
You will hear more “No” than “Yes” in this industry. You have to develop a thick skin. Never let people tell you that you can’t because you can. Always stand your ground.
So what’s next? What new exciting projects do you have in the works?
I am about to release my new single, “Candy From Strangers.” I also just finished my new music video co-starring Samuel Larsen (Glee) who plays “Candyman” and my homegirl, Kirby Blanton (who starred in Project X). I can’t wait for my fans to see it! We’re also developing a screenplay to continue the story of the Candyman. An epic love story that’s a cross between Starman, E.T., and Jennifer’s Body. All I can say is stay tuned…