Name: Ava Max
Birthday: February 16, 1994
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Genre: Pop, Dance-Pop, R&B
Label: Atlantic Records
Best Known For: "Sweet but Psycho," "So Am I," "Kings & Queens"
First Single: "My Way" (2017)
Most Recent Single: "One of Us" (2022)
Born in Wisconsin as Amanda Ava Koci, Ava Max discovered her passion for music and performing at a young age. She sang in school choirs and local theatre before convincing her family to move to Virginia at 12 to pursue performing. After high school, Max made the solo move to LA, writing songs, recording demos, and honing her craft until she caught the attention of Atlantic Records in 2016.
Rise to Pop Stardom
Max‘s big break came in 2018 with the infectious dance-pop track "Sweet but Psycho." The song exploded online and internationally, hitting #1 in over 20 countries. With its super catchy melody and Max‘s stunning vocals, "Sweet but Psycho" announced her as a major new talent.
She cemented her pop star status with follow up hits like the bold self-love anthem "So Am I" and the emotional ballad "Salt." Fans were drawn to her powerful voice, honest lyrics, and messages of empowerment. Her unique style fusing pop, dance, and R&B drew comparisons to Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa. By 2019, Max was named an Artist to Watch by MTV and Billboard.
Debut Album ‘Heaven & Hell‘
In September 2020, Max released her widely anticipated first album Heaven & Hell. Highlighted by her signature hits, the album also showcased heartfelt ballads and impressive vocal acrobatics. It offered a deeper look at the two sides of her persona – the upbeat dance "heaven" and vulnerable "hell." Heaven & Hell debuted in the Billboard top 5, establishing Max as a force in modern pop music.
Standout Tracks: "Kings & Queens," "Naked," "Who‘s Laughing Now"
Fan Favorite Lyrics: "So am I, I‘m a firestarter / Been feeling like a torn heart" ("So Am I")
Captivating Live Performer
While Max‘s recorded songs are hits, she‘s also a stellar live performer. Her concerts capture the energy of her empowering anthems as she belts out notes while dancing across the stage. Fans say her shows are an emotional thrill ride. She also adds creative mashups and vocals-only interludes to showcase her unbelievable vocal talent. Some of her most memorable tours include:
- Sweet But Psycho Tour (2019)
- Kings & Queens Tour (2021)
Why Fans Love Ava Max
The "Maxinistas" fandom is drawn to Ava‘s confidence and vulnerability. Her lyrics inspire self-love and follow your dreams attitudes. Fans also admire her speaking openly about mental health struggles, calling her a relatable role model.
Of course, the undeniably catchy songs also hook fans. Ava‘s voice has enormous range, from belt-ready high notes to a unique low register. Her vocal acrobatics and melodic hooks make every track instantly memorable. Fans can‘t get enough of her signature powerhouse sound.
What‘s Next for the Pop Starlet?
Since the success of her first album, Max has continued releasing new singles like "My Head & My Heart" and "EveryTime I Cry." She earned her first Grammy nod in 2021 for Best New Artist. After several pandemic postponements, she finally embarked on her first world tour in 2022.
As one of the most talented and versatile new pop artists, there is definitely more to come from Ava Max. With her vocal talent and determination, fans are confident she has the poise to become the next big pop superstar.