The community at The Etobicoke School of the Arts, know Victoria Azevedo as a grade 11 student. However, others will soon know her as RIA, a fearless 16 year old songstress from Toronto, ON.
Her parents (both of Portuguese descent), and her 11 year old brother Nicholas, know Victoria as an enthusiastic and feisty daughter and sister.
RIA is grateful to her mom, that at the young age of 4, “I wanted to dance really bad, so my mom put me in dancing classes for a year and a half and I hated it, but I would dance and sing around the house. So, my mom put me in singing classes instead and I just loved it.” Realizing that life experience and being well rounded add to the music, she is anchored in who she is and being true to that. “Be true to yourself and don’t let anyone change you just because they don’t like what you are doing. I think uniqueness is amazing especially in this generation. Bring out what’s different because that’s the whole point. If we were all the same, life would be boring.”
She understood very early that her passion for music grew stronger each time she entered contests and performed. “The first time I went up on stage (at age 7), even though I was scared, I knew I wanted to go up again.”
Her sultry sound, which melodically appears to be older than her actual age, was noticed right away, when she was allowed to enter (and later win) a contest, “Honey Jam” at the Mod Club in Toronto, when she was 11 years old, even though the permitted age was 16.
In 2014 she was a member of the “Mini Pop Kids 12” and a year later Mini Pop Kids 13. This opportunity led her to touring and being casted in TV commercials.
She attributes her musical influences to Ariana Grande, Daniel Caesar, Sabrina Claudio and SZA to name a few.
At a young age, she understands the importance of being musically educated; something that is important to her and she encourages other artists to learn as much as they can. Work really, really hard. Study music in general, so that you know what you’re going up against.”
Victoria is thrilled about recording her debut EP, with Arrival Music Group (in association with MDC Music). She is currently working with writer and producer a.n.g.e.l, in the studio. “It’s so fun working with a.n.g.e.l. Me and him, we vibe off of each other. We both need to make sure that everything’s perfect. It’s hilarious. He knows when I can do better and when I want to do better. The music will be modern, contemporary, a variation of different things, but you can hear an old school vibe, hip, SZA kind of vibe. It takes you all over. I’m excited about the musical transition I’m making from the Mini Pops and Honey Jam to being a real artist. RIA helps me to do that.”