19-year-old singer AJA rose to popularity during the global pandemic with songs like “Red Button” and “Love At First Song.” Now, she’s a superstar in her on right.
AJA spent the past two months on the road as a supporting act for Leah Kate’s “The Super Over Tour.” It kicked off in September with major stops in Nashville, Brooklyn, Chicago, and even her hometown of Toronto. The show run officially concludes on Oct. 19 in Portland, wrapping up a one-of-a-kind experience for both artists.
“Everyone on this tour is so great. We’ve become great friends. I never want it to end. I love my set,” AJA tells us. “It was so much fun to put together. I really wanted my songs to make sense for this tour and to align with Leah’s messaging, if that makes sense.”
Amid her busy schedule and gaining new fans, AJA released her latest offering titled “Karmas a B” a couple of weeks ago. Directed by Rachel Hunter, the accompanying visuals boasts that same care-free and empowering energy that listeners have grown to love her for. The musician explains, “It comes from a place of me healing and moving on from a toxic relationship. It feels so good to feel good again.”
Below, we spoke to AJA about touring with Leah Kate, her newest single, wardrobe, and more. Continue scrolling to read it below.
Hey AJA! How’s the year been treating you so far, both music-wise and personally?
This year has been a bit crazy. I was living in LA last year until June full time and moved back to start university but got invited on to Leah Kate’s tour when her headliner dropped out. It was so last minute I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pull it together. Overall it has been an amazing year. I wrote almost 100 songs while living in LA.
I moved out there on my own at 18. It was an amazing experience and it allowed me to really concentrate on my music and build my independence. Personally, it was a bit of a tough year. I went through a terrible break up and it took some time for me to get over that.
You’ve been on the road with Leah Kate since September — how are you enjoying the tour life? What are your favorite songs to perform live?
I love touring. It is my favorite thing to do. Everyone on this tour is so great. We’ve become great friends. I never want it to end. I love my set. It was so much fun to put together. I really wanted my songs to make sense for this tour and to align with Leah’s messaging, if that makes sense. I would probably say “Karma’s a B” is my favorite to perform. I close my set with this song and it’s so much fun. I also sing “Traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo and that is great because the audience sings every word. It’s been a crowd pleaser.
Despite doing a show every night, have you two got a chance to connect musically? Or if not, could you see yourself doing a song with her?
We have definitely connected musically. I love Leah’s set, it would be great to write a song together. I think it would be so much fun and I think we would definitely write great lyrics together. Who knows, maybe we will do a song together at some point.
How about your wardrobe, what are your go-to pieces when it comes to performing?
I’ve kept my wardrobe pretty casual. I’ve worn my merch for most of my shows, which is so much fun and has helped with my merch sales. I’ve basically sold out my merch. I don’t have much left for my last few shows. I usually wear shorts that a designer called Randa Rose custom made for me and I sometimes rotate in a few skirts that are fun. I am jumping around so I’ve tried to make sure I can move around easily. But after doing almost 17 shows, I’m getting bored of my outfits. I have some great ideas for my next tour.
Also, you just dropped “Karmas a B” last month. What made that song so special to you?
It comes from a place of me healing and moving on from a toxic relationship. It feels so good to feel good again. “Karma’s a B” feels like a f**k you anthem. It’s really fun.
Once the tour stops, what’s next for you?
We have a few things lined up that I can’t share just yet. I’m really excited for what’s coming but I’m enjoying the last week of the tour. It’s been so much fun.