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“America’s Got Talent” and online sensation Alexis Jordan, 17, has signed a deal, thanks to Jay-Z!

Currently at work on her debut album, Jordan recently spoke of the deal, which stemmed from her success online, specifically on YouTube.

Of the call she received from Stargate, who arranged a meeting and recording session,

“I thought if they didn’t love me then they wouldn’t fly me all the way out to New York. I knew I had a good chance. Once I got out there we recorded a few songs and Jay-Z came to the studio. I was so excited! And the next thing I knew I was signed to StarRoc/Roc Nation.”

On her first single “Happiness,” Alexis belts out lyrics covering self-joy and empowerment over Stargate’s up-tempo.

She says,

“I want to be really positive, no cussing, none of that. I’m a young artist and I want to be a role model. A lot of songs are upbeat, and some are ballads. There’s a little bit of that country vibe in it, and a little bit of that reggae vibe. My album really has everything.”

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Watch her behind-the-scenes footage of the music video for her debut single, “Happiness”

Watch her smash Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable” in one of her many YouTube videos!

Here, she is at the age of 14 belting out Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” on “America’s Got Talent”

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