Nice to Meet You: The Girl on Tour With One Direction, Manika!

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Recognize Manika? That’s probably because you’ve caught her on tour, opening up for One Direction! Don’t worry. We’re jealous too. So we featured the girl of our envy as this week’s Nice to Meet You artist, like we did with 1D’s other tourmate, Olly Murs. Basically if 1D is involved, we are all over it.

So check out our exclusive interview — plus deets on Manika’s new singles! — below!

Tell us about your new single.
Manika: My new single is called “Good Girls” and you can find it on my recently released EP called “The Middle of Hollywood“. The songs are all fun, upbeat pop songs…you know those songs that just make you want to get up and dance! Really about my experiences—good and bad—since I’ve moved out to Hollywood at 17. I just shot the music video for “Good Girls” a few days ago and I can’t wait for everyone to see it! It was directed by the fabulous Director X, who did Justin Bieber’s last video and also The Wanted and Drake/Lil Wayne.

So excited! Describe the song in 3 words.
M: Fun girl anthem!

Awesome! What’s a really defining moment from your childhood that you can tell us about?
M: Up until I was four my mom and I had the same haircut …a bob, LOL! So it was a pretty big deal, when I decided to grow my hair out! :)

What would you do if you weren’t making music?
M: I can’t even imagine life without music! I guess I would be in college right now. But music would always be a part of me even if I didn’t do it professionally.

Have any hidden talents?
M: I wrote and published a children’s book when I was 15.

Impressive! What was your first concert?
M: Kelly Clarkson!

Which artist would you like to cover one of your songs?
M: Well, it would be pretty awesome to hear Eminem singing “I’m a Good Girl”. Haha! Love Eminem!

Us too! Who’s your dream collaboration?
M: Steven Tyler or Beyoncé or Tyga or Alanis Morissette…so many!

What’s your go-to Karaoke song?
M: You can never go wrong with “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Have any pets?
M: Yes, I have a little dog named Angel! She travels with me a lot, but not on tour.

What’s your favorite TV show?
M: Cupcake Wars! Why not? Don’t judge me, LOL!

No judgment! Are you on Twitter?
M: Yes! Follow me @Manikaofficial ;)

While you’re patiently waiting for the “Good Girls” music video, check out the video for Manika’s song, “Just Can’t Let You Go” ft. Lil Twist!

If you want to check out more of Manika’s music, be sure to download her entire EP on iTunes!

What do you think of Manika? Are you totally jeal that she gets to tour with 1D?

Meet Another One 1D Tourmate, Olly Murs!

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