American singer-songwriter Ava Max has had a remarkable few months since the release of her breakout single Sweet But Psycho, which narrowly missed becoming the UK Christmas number one.
Although you may not be familiar with her yet, there’s a very strong chance that you’ve heard her breakout single, Sweet But Psycho, which was nearly 2018’s Christmas number one in the UK.
Born Amanda Ava Koci to Albanian parents, the singer-songwriter understands what it is to struggle in her own career, having watched her parents face battles following their move to America from war-torn Albania.
“In 1990 and 1991, they left Albania and went to Paris for a year. They ended up in Paris and they lived in a church for a whole year. It was very hard for them, but it was beautiful because they were in Paris. They met a lady in Paris that gave them passports and they ended up in Wisconsin – that’s where I was born.
“They went to America with nothing, no money, no language. It was very hard for them. I remember watching them as I grew up, struggling, working three jobs each.
“Watching them do that, sometimes I now think, ‘Wow, I feel so lucky to be doing what I am doing.”