Ariana Grande: "I loved growing up in Boca Raton, Florida, it was a great place to grow up. I grew up going to the beach all the time and having a lot of fun with my friends, and I started doing theater in a family theater when I was younger. It was a community theater in Boca and I just never stopped.

 

Growing up, I was listening to Whitney Houston all the time, The Bodyguard soundtrack, a lot of Judy Garland and oldies, and divas. I've always loved music. I was just always writing growing up and making cute songs with Garage Band

 

"I was 8 years old when I started. I played Annie, it was my first role, and then I just never stopped."

"Growing up, I was listening to Whitney Houston all the time, The Bodyguard soundtrack, a lot of Judy Garland and oldies, and divas. I've always loved music. I was just always writing growing up and making cute songs with Garage Band and music was always such a massive part of my life, it’s my passion.

"Music just kind of happened, I never really trained for anything. I played french horn for a few years, that’s where I learned a lot about sheet music and theory. I play a little bit of piano by ear but it’s mostly just singing, which I never was trained in.

"I was always doing community theater in Florida, performing Annie and The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast and all those cute plays, until I was 13 and I started taking it seriously."