THE CANADIAN PRESS — WINNIPEG – An 11-year-old Winnipeg girl whose rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Born this way” turned her into an overnight YouTube sensation, has signed a recording deal in the Philippines.
Maria Aragon’s father, Veni Aragon, says his daughter is now in the Philippines to record the album and make some live appearances.
Veni Aragon says the deal is with Star Records, a division of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest media and entertainment conglomerate, but he says he doesn’t know yet how much the deal is worth.
Maria shot to fame in February after Lady Gaga, impressed with the girl’s rendition of her song, retweeted a link to the video, which received more than 11 million hits in just one week.
She later went on to perform for talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife and earlier this month for Prince William and his wife Kate.
Veni Aragon, whose family is of Filipino descent, says that according to the two-year deal, Maria will record two albums. While in the country, the girl will also visit her aunt and maternal grandmother.
She is also making guest appearances in several local TV stations.
“I feel very blessed and I want to say thank you to everybody for your support,” the young singer said during an appearance on The Buzz TV on Sunday.