R&B singer Mya, above, joins 16-year-old Paula DeAnda and Brooke Hogan for 102.7 Da Bomb's "Bomb Birthday 6." Other performers include Baby Bash, Frankie J and Brown Boy.
Sistas are da bomb!
Brooke Hogan will be among the acts at 102.7's birthday bash
LOCAL radio station 102.7 Da Bomb is turning to the ladies this year to blow the roof off their annual birthday celebration.
Bomb Birthday 6
On stage: 8 p.m. Saturday
Place: Pipeline Cafe
Call: 296-1027 or visit 1027dabomb.net
With a new season of "Hogan Knows Best" debuting last Sunday and the release of her new album on Tuesday, Brooke Hogan has built the biggest buzz among acts arriving in Honolulu this week.
She'll be joined by R&B songstress Mya and up-and-coming artist Paula DeAnda, with Baby Bash and Frankie J making a return appearance. Newcomer Brown Boy rounds out Saturday's lineup.
EVEN THOUGH Brooke Hogan has no plans to follow her father into professional wrestling, she's been smart enough to piggyback her music career on the shoulders of one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
"I love being around him," she said last week from New York as the family prepared for an appearance on ESPN. "He's really great to work with because he's been doing this for such a long time."
Born Brooke Bollea, the 18-year-old singer adopted the Hogan name early on, when she decided to be a performer like her dad. Although she started out playing piano, it was karaoke that made her decide to give singing a try.
"My mom is a karaoke queen," laughed Hogan. "It all started with going out to karaoke bars ... then I really got into it."
By the time she was 15, Hogan had a recording deal with Trans Continental Records, the same label that gave groups like the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync their start. She released a single, "Everything to Me," which enjoyed moderate success, and began performing as an opening act for other trans-continental artists.
"I look back at it now, and it was like my training camp," she said. "The album never got released, but Lou Pearlman is great with training people. I wouldn't be where I am without him."
In 2004, Hogan's family agreed to appear on VH1 as the subjects of a one-hour television special. When the cable network saw the ratings it got, the Hogan family was offered a full-blown reality show.
NOW IN its third season, "Hogan Knows Best" was just the opportunity Hogan needed to jump-start her career.
While the initial focus was on Hulk Hogan's return to professional wrestling, it was no secret that Brooke was trying to make it big in music. The family realized that being on cable every week would provide exposure that had been lacking up until that point.
"Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff and Jessica Simpson all had a launching pad with TV," Hogan said. "So we were just like, 'Why not?' We thought it would be good for the whole family."
During the show's second season, cameras followed Hogan as she teamed up with producer Scott Storch to record "Undiscovered." The album's first single, "About Us," has been downloaded more than a million times on iTunes, and the song's music video is currently ranked No. 1 on VH1. She's also featured on the cover of FHM Magazine's November issue.
Future episodes of "Hogan Knows Best" will continue to follow Hogan as she tours in support of the album, as well as her brother Nick's attempt to get into auto racing. She's decided to put off college for now, but hopes to pursue a degree in marine biology or psychology sometime in the future.
"For now, I'm really focusing on my music," she said. "You only get this opportunity once, so you might as well put all of your energy into it."
PAULA DEANDA might not have her own television show, but she does have the support of one of the biggest names in music.
At just 16 years old, the Texas native scored an audition with Clive Davis earlier this year and was offered a record deal on the spot.
"I'd heard his name, but I didn't know how powerful he was," DeAnda said last week from North Carolina. "I didn't have any time to prepare myself for it, but it ended up being a really good thing."
Born in San Angelo, Texas, DeAnda moved to Corpus Christi in 2002 to pursue a recording career. With singers Selena and Jaci Velasquez as early inspirations, she decided it was necessary to be around other artists in order to find success for herself.
"It just seemed like the place where the music was happening," she said. "Everybody supports the artists out there. It's just been amazing how many people have followed me and supported me after I moved to Corpus."
AFTER FINDING success on local radio stations with a self-written single, "What Would It Take," DeAnda released "Doing Too Much" earlier this year. That track, which features Baby Bash, began to catch on in markets outside Texas and was partially responsible for getting her an audition with Davis.
DeAnda's self-titled debut album was released in August, and she's spent much of this year on tour. With her 17th birthday coming up next month, she says she's perfectly happy with her current situation and can't wait to visit Hawaii for the first time.
"Being a first-time artist, I don't really have a lot of promotion behind me," she explained. "But it's going good right now.
"I just did the halftime show at a Cowboys game in front of 65,000 people, which was so exciting. It's been really cool to meet different people and see the different places. I'm learning from everybody."