Laura Marano hugs a young fan in this cute shot from her signing event at the Big Machine store on Thursday afternoon (June 11) in Nashville, Tenn.
The 19-year-old pop singer is the newest addition to the label and swung by the store for the signing event along with Cassadee Pope (not pictured). Laura was also seen giving massive hugs to Scott Borchetta‘s wife Sandy.
FYI: Maddie wore a Jill Stuart jumpsuit, Badgley Mischka clutch, with jewelry from Nashelle, CC Skye, Phillip Gavriel and Danielle Stevens. Tae wore an ASOS dress, Steve Madden shoes, and jewels from Lionette by Noa Sadé, Nashelle, Misahara, Sylvie Collection, and Michael John Jewelry. Laura wore a BCBG ensemble with a Valentino clutch. Megan and Liz both wore Nasty Gal.
20+ pics inside of Maddie & Tae, Laura and Megan & Liz…
The 19-year-old actress and singer recently spoke about diving head first into the music business and opened up about her plans and what her fans can expect to here. Check it:
On her sound: “They can expect pop. I love pop. They can expect a One Republic-y kind of pop. A Maroon 5 sugar kind of pop. That’s the music I’m really drawn to. I love to write in that vein, I love to sing in that vein. Lyrically, I love telling stories. My goal for every song is that everyone can imagine a music video with it. Whenever I’m writing, that’s always my first thing – what would the music video be for this?”
On her challenges: “My favorite part of music is performing. I love writing — that would be up top with performing. But actually recording music, I’m always very critical. I feel like sometimes sounds really young. And I want to make sure I appeal to younger audiences, because I don’t want to forget about those fans – they’re amazing and awesome. But I obviously want to appeal to a larger audience as well, a little bit older. I don’t know what it is about my genes, I feel like I look 12, I sound 12. That’s sometimes been my struggle when I’m recording and hear the song back and I’m like, well, let’s try to get an older vocal. But that’s been my thing.”
On performing: “Everyone has a different strategy. For me, I think when you establish yourself not just as a singer but as a musician as well – I love to play the piano, there’s going to be a large portion of my set where I’m on the piano and sitting down – I think people 100-percent connect with that.”
The 19-year-old Austin & Ally star and music artist has teamed up with DoSomething.Org and Sprint for their “Thumb Wars” campaign, which asks young people to start the conversation with their friends about texting and driving in a fun and authentic way.
“I love that the ‘Thumb Wars’ campaign is a fun and positive way to get teens to stop texting and driving,” Laura said in a statement. “I think the messaging resonates with teens and the Thumb Socks are really cute!”
For more info, visit ThumbWars.org. Watch Laura Marano‘s cute PSA below!