Look at me!: Becky G caught the performing bug as many artists do — at a young age, standing on the kitchen table, putting on a show. Growing up in a large extended family in Inglewood, Calif., "my only way of getting my uncles' attention or aunts' attention or whoever's attention was by dancing and singing around the house," she says. "It was just very natural to want to entertain people, be extra loud and have lots of personality."
Singing in the shower: The Mexican-American singer and rapper (full name Rebbeca Gomez) no longer needs to fight for the spotlight, thanks to infectious single Shower, now No. 16 on USA TODAY's top 40 airplay chart. The Dr. Luke-produced earworm was dubbed the Call Me Maybe of this summer by BuzzFeed, a comparison that Gomez, 17, welcomes. "It's really cool, it's a great song," she says. "My fans that knew me before get to see me grow up as an artist, because all my other songs are about my family and my story, and now, this is Becky growing up, this is Becky in love. And for the people who are just catching on, it's a great introduction to Becky and my (debut) album," expected out this fall.
All about family: When she was 9, Gomez's cash-strapped parents lost their home and were forced to move into her grandparents' converted garage. Rather than mope about her situation, "I was like, 'OK, what can I do to get us out of here? What can I do to spend less time in the garage and help my family?' " she says. With their support, Gomez started going out on auditions, booking commercials, writing songs, posting covers to YouTube, and eventually nabbing the attention of Dr. Luke with her remix of Jay Z and Kanye West's Otis, signing to his Kemosabe Records and RCA in 2011.
Peer mentors: Despite working with hitmakers such as Pitbull (Can't Get Enough), will.i.am (Problem) and her idol Jennifer Lopez (Becky From the Block, a homage to J.Lo's own Jenny From the Block), Gomez says some of her biggest mentors are those her own age. Two of her closest friends in the industry are Cody Simpson (she's featured on his song Wish U Were Here) and Austin Mahone (whom she's toured with). "It's really nice because we have gone through the same things," she says.
Beast mode: Gomez has an army of more than 3.8 million Facebook fans and 482,000 Twitter followers, a family of supporters she fondly calls Beasters. Beaster is not only her sister's nickname for her, but also refers to how she goes into "beast mode" when she hits the stage. "When you've got to get stuff done, you flip the switch, focus and nothing's going to stop you from finishing (it)," she says. "When I'm on stage, I just turn into a beast and do what I do."
"They make great neck pillows": Beasters can see her live when she hits the road with Katy Perry this fall, joining her for six stops on the Prismatic tour, beginning Oct. 10 in Houston. So what will Gomez bring along for the ride? "I like keeping at least one stuffed animal from my house, because they make great neck pillows when you're traveling and sometimes there's a great story behind it, like, 'Oh, my brother gave me this' or 'My best friend gave me this,' " she says.
Disney downtime: For a sense of normality in her hectic life, Gomez loves having movie nights and sleepovers with her siblings and cousins. She also likes to pop over to Disneyland before she hits the studio as a way of chilling out. "Even if it's just for a half-day, I head over to Disneyland, have some lunch, hop on some rides, then get back to work," she says.
Under the radar no more: Gomez says she's just starting to get recognized in public, most recently at Marshalls while shopping with her mom. "The girl behind the register was like, 'Are you Becky G?' I laughed because I felt super-awkward and was like, 'Well, I am,' and she started freaking out and was like, 'Can you please sign this receipt paper? My sister's not going to believe this.' And I was like, 'Of course.' It was so funny."
Chasing waterfalls: As for her go-to shower song? "I'm such a big TLC fan, so I love singing Waterfalls in the shower," she says.
crying @ how iconic shower already is! forget slayriana and legiggyend #shower is truly the song of 2014!
ke$ha died so becky could live!