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CLOSE’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base level–the beginning of their hopeful journey to the top.

Name: Sade Serena

Age: 22

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Who are you musical influences?

I grow up listening to Whitney Houston so I have to say she is definitely at my top. I also love Michael Jackson and I am huge fan of Beyonce.

Describe your signature sound.

I would say my sound is a young fresh R&B sound mixed with a twist of pop and island vibe being as my background is Carribean. I am from Jamaica.

What has been your biggest break thus far?

I have to say it was when I graced the Bet Music Matters stage in New York. The performance was amazing. It was also very uplifting to know that my latest EP ” Germination” topped 2 billboard charts.

If you could be the musical lovechild of two artists, dead or alive, who would it be?

I love Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

Who is your dream collaboration?

Sam Smith and Nick Jonas.

Best advice any celebrity has ever given you?

Never stop believing in whatever you do because if you don’t believe, no one else will.

Check out Sade Serena’s single, “Hello Kitty”:

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