Rising as a songwriter for Eminem, Rihanna, and Selena Gomez, Brooklyn-born Bebe Rexha made her way from the studio to the stage, racking up hit singles with electronic artists (Cash Cash, David Guetta, Martin Garrix), rappers (G-Eazy, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), and even country duo Florida Georgia Line, with whom she recorded the 2017 chart-topping country-pop crossover single "Meant to Be." Although her work with other musicians has spanned genres, her own material centers on darker pop textures influenced by hip-hop and R&B, as heard on her debut, 2018's Expectations.
Born Bleta Rexha in 1989, she began her musical journey at a young age. Performing in musicals from the age of four, she started to hone her skills in her early teens and was named Best Teen Songwriter at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' annual Grammy Day event; she met a whole host of famous producers there. In 2010, Rexha was approached by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz to form the project Black Cards, intended to reflect Wentz's more experimental and electronic side. Rexha provided vocals for several EPs before she left the band in 2012 to embark on a solo career. She began uploading demos and acoustic covers to YouTube before signing with Warner Bros. in 2013.