Alayna Thompson, a musician from North Salt Lake who is 22 years old and has become famous through the social networking app TikTok, has moved to Los Angeles to follow her dreams.
Thompson, who goes by the stage name Alayna Grace, posted to TikTok three times a day for months without getting more than 300 followers. But her hard work paid off when a video of her singing “Make It to Me” by Sam Smith went viral. In the past year, she has gained more than 840,000 new fans, up from about 300.
Before she became famous on TikTok, Thompson tried out several times for “The Voice,” but she didn’t make it. But after her video went viral, “American Idol” reached out to her and asked her to try out. She made it through the first few rounds of the show, but then she decided to leave and try something else. She is still open to going on the show again in the future, though.
When other TikTok creators and music producers from Los Angeles started reaching out to her about working together, she and her husband decided to move there during his gap year before he applied to physician assistant programs.
“I love how creative L.A. is, even though everyone does kind of the same thing as you. They all have very creative interests, and it’s a very busy place, so it’s really cool to be surrounded by that, “said Thompson.
One of the musicians she’s worked with is from Provo and has ties to Los Angeles. Oba Bonner is a member of the Bonner family. He is known as Obeeyay, which is the name of the music artist and producer he is.
As a freshman in high school, he moved from Utah to L.A. to try to make a living from music. He went to a recording studio every day after school to watch Grammy-winning producers and songwriters who had worked with JoJo, Queen Latifah, and Lady GaGa. He even worked with Queen Latifah and Jojo in some sessions.
Obeeyay’s main focus right now is performing at concerts, and a record company called Wonderwild Records just signed him. And he worked with Thompson on her next single, “Told Me Not to Worry,” which will be out soon.
Obeeyay said that Thompson stands out because she posts her music so often on social media. The music industry is very competitive.
“First of all, she’s very talented, but what I think is more important, and most important, is that she keeps at it and keeps grinding and working hard, and that’s what she does,” he said.
He also said that she stands out because of her personality and because she is a great person.
Thompson makes and posts videos online, writes music, and sends emails every day to get deals with brands. She also makes connections with other people and sends labels and producers emails. In addition to the things she does every day, she has put out several original songs and covers on Spotify and Apple Music and made music videos that are on YouTube.
Thompson wants to make a living off of music in the long run by going on tour and getting signed to a record label. Her next short-term goal is to make one of her original songs go viral on social media.
So far, one of the best parts of her career was opening for Colbie Caillat at one of her concerts in November of 2021.
“I think it’s crazy that I can make music every day and actually get paid for it, so that’s another big plus. It’s just something I would never have thought would happen, “said Thompson. Thompson said that her style is a mix of Tate McRae and Olivia Rodrigo. She also looks up to Beyonce.
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