Paula DeAnda

Paula DeAnda

DeAnda in March 2007
Background information
Birth name Paula Dacia DeAnda
Born (1989-11-03) November 3, 1989
San Angelo, Texas, U.S.
Genres Pop, dance, R&B Latino
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Diamond Lane Music Group Dope House Records
Associated acts Problem Baby Bash Frankie J Marty Obey Yung Berg Kid Ink Baeza Carolyn Rodriguez South Park Mexican Juan Gotti Paul Wall

Paula Dacia DeAnda (born November 3, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She first came to prominence with her first single, "Doing Too Much", which became a hit in the Southwest. She then got the opportunity to audition for Clive Davis, who signed her to Arista Records on the spot. Her debut album, Paula DeAnda, was released in 2006 and contained the US Billboard Hot 100 top twenty song "Walk Away (Remember Me)".

Early life

DeAnda was born in San Angelo, Texas, to Mexican American parents Steven and Barbara, a restaurant general manager and a registered nurse.[1][2][3][4] At age six she began taking piano lessons and was soon singing at functions around town at the recommendation of her piano teacher.[5] She also sang the national anthem at local football games.[1][5] In 2002, DeAnda's family decided to move to Corpus Christi in order to help advance her career in music since Corpus Christi had a reputation as a music hub.[6] She attended Mary Carroll High School.[1]


2005–09: Debut album Paula DeAnda

Main article: Paula DeAnda (album)

DeAnda was the opening act for a concert which featured hip-hop artists, Nelly, Baby Bash and Frankie J. performing in front of twenty thousand people.[1][6] Her first single, "What Would It Take" was serviced to local radio stations in July, received airplay from ten radio stations across the country. The song was later switched for "Doing Too Much" in December when Ocana secured a mini-tour of California and Texas for DeAnda. The song became a minor hit in the Southwest. It was then that she got the opportunity to audition for Clive Davis who signed her for a seven-album deal with Arista Records on the spot.[1][2][3][6] "Doing Too Much" was certified gold in the US in 2007. "Doing Too Much" missed the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, it served as the lead single to her self-titled debut album which was released in the summer of 2006. Paula DeAnda charted at number 54 on the US albums chart. The album mainly consists of songs about love and relationships and is of the pop-R&B genre.[7] DeAnda co-wrote four songs on the album, which features production from Happy Perez among others. She was only 16 years old at the time of the album's released.

Her second single "Walk Away (Remember Me)" was her biggest hit, reaching the top twenty on the Hot 100. The single was certified gold by the RIAA. However, follow-up singles, "When It Was Me" and "Easy" did not gain traction. She later appeared in the MTV television film Super Sweet 16: The Movie.[3]

In 2008, DeAnda began production on next effort, initially due in 2009.[8] A single, "Roll the Credits", was released and a video was planned,[8] but it did not chart. Clive Davis left Arista's parent company at the time, RCA Label Group in 2008 to become the chief creative officer for Sony BMG.[9] DeAnda also parted ways Arista following his departure.

2010–14: Scrapped second album, The Voice and The Voice & The Beats EP

After she was dropped from Arista Records, DeAnda had to scrap her whole album. The project was never released. Her Spanish album which was also planned for release was also scrapped. DeAnda posted a series of covers on YouTube in the summer of 2010.[10]

DeAnda auditioned for Season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, as revealed on her Twitter page.[11] Both Shakira and Blake Shelton turned their chairs but she opted for Blake Shelton. During the Battles, Round 1, she was defeated by fellow Team Blake teammate Sisaundra Lewis after their duet of Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want".

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition The Way Ariana Grande March 10, 2014 5.3 Shakira and Blake Shelton turned
Joined Team Blake
Battles, Round 1 "Do What U Want" (vs. Sisaundra Lewis) Lady Gaga March 17, 2014 8.5 Eliminated

After The Voice, DeAnda collaborated with the DJ duo 'the Jump Smokers' on her first EP The Voice & The Beats, which is set to release on June 25, 2014. The first single of the EP is "Horns Blow (Shimmy Shimmy)".

2015–present: Second EP PDA

In early 2015, DeAnda announced that she is working on another project. In February, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her new album, which she reached in only a couple weeks. After her kickstarter campaign, she announced that she will release a second solo EP first and later on a full-length album. On March 23, 2015, she released a music video of an unreleased track called "Brand New", which is a foretaste for her fans, what kind of music she is working on. On May 12 she announced the EP's title would be PDA.[12]

In April 2015, DeAnda appeared on rapper Honey Cocaine's EP The Gift Rap on the track "Run Thangs".


DeAnda has cited Jo Dee Messina, Shania Twain, Aaliyah, LeAnn Rimes, and Selena as major musical influences.[5]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Paula DeAnda 54

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and notes
Title Album details
The Voice & The Beats (with Jump Smokers)
  • Released: June 24, 2014
  • Label: JS Sound
  • Formats: Digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2006 "Doing Too Much" 41 20 RIAA: Gold Paula DeAnda
"Walk Away (Remember Me)" 18 4 60 60 RIAA: Gold
2007 "When It Was Me" [A]
"Easy" 64 18
2009 "Roll the Credits" Non-album singles
2011 "Besos"
2012 "Your Place"
2013 "Shut Up and Love Me"
2015 "TBA" PDA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.


Music videos

Year Video Director
2006 "Doing Too Much" Diane Martel[16]
"Walk Away (Remember Me)" Ray Kay[17]
2007 "Easy" Bille Woodruff[18]
2013 "Your Place" Larry Servin
2015 "Brand New" Freddy Dang

Other appearances

Year Song Artist Album Credits Ref.
2007 "There's Nothin'" Sean Kingston Sean Kingston Vocals [4]
"Supa Chic" Baby Bash Cyclone Co-write, vocals [19]
"As Days Go By (The Love Letter)" Vocals
"Bubble On" Latino Velvet The Camp is Back Vocals [20]
2010 "Best Friend" Dirty Mexican Zoe Mindin My Bizniz Vocals [21][22]
2011 "Dreamin" MC Magic The Rewire Vocals
"Thanks for Looking Over Us" Jay Tee Single Vocals [23]
"Get it In" Lucky Luciano Money Bags Vocals [24]
2015 "Run Thangs" Honey Cocaine The Gift Rap Vocals


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  3. 1 2 3 Benson, John (1 April 2007), Teen singer brings her Latin edge,, retrieved 2009-11-15
  4. 1 2 Tibbetts, Tammy, "Paula DeAnda's Quinceañera Memories",, Hearst Communications, Inc., retrieved 2009-11-15
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  18. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. "Baby Bash : Supa Chic". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  20. "The Camp Is Back - Latino Velvet | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  21. "Mindin My Bizniz - Dirty Mexican Zoe | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
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  23. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. "Money Bags - Lucky Luciano | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
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