Ariana Grande: Mariah, is that you? (Contributor Post)

*I've got a doubleheader today! Please meet another one of my fabulous contributors, Sarah BastoShe'll be sharing new music, fashion and more here on Fresh Jess. Peep Sarah's bio at the end of this post.  Enjoy!

I've been abusing my repeat button lately bumpin' The Way by Ariana Grande. Some of you may know her as Cat Valentine, the red-headed friend of Tori on Nickelodeon's Victorious. And if that doesn't ring a bell, then you're probably someone who doesn't follow these teeny-bopper shows, unlike me who's intrigued by them. (I have no shame whatsoever!)

I'm usually a little skeptical when it comes to hearing music made by teen stars coming from huge networks, but a friend of mine insisted I give it a listen and boy, I'm glad I did. She is seriously a young Mariah Carey in the making.

This song embodies everything I love about the 90's and represents what I believe the music industry has been lacking lately.  It samples Big Pun's classic, "Still Not A Player" and once I heard the beat combined with her voice I was absolutely mind-blown. Ariana can sing! The song takes me back to Mariah Carey's Daydream album days and just puts a big fat smile on my face. Everytime I hear it, I can't help but clap my hands and dance.

I'm eager to hear what she has in store for her debut album, Daydreamin' (gee, I wonder where she got that from!) out later this year. Give it a listen and let me know if you dig it too!

Sarah Basto is a born and raised Seattleite. She’s a former merchandise marketing student of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and is currently working as a marketing manager at a local nanny agency and serves as the PR & marketing intern for local luxury swimwear company Adicora Swimwear. She’s obsessed with all things Seattle and is interested in just about everything – this explains why she considers herself an entreprenista in the making! Outside of work Sarah loves spending time with her family and friends, baking, exploring the city, and being a full-time happy hour guru.

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