Student Highlight: Paula Bast

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Photo Credit: Barbara Schucko

A collector of experiences, feeling and love. That’s how Paula Bast, a student in Usher’s MasterClass (and soon Christina Aguilera’s class) describes herself. Paula recently shared the music video for her song, “Angel of Love,” with the class and we gotta say, it fits her description pretty well.

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, but constantly on the go, Paula is an artist who is sharing her heart with the class and we love that. We wanted to know more about Paula and her experience in Usher’s MasterClass so we decided to make her our first Student Highlight!

Check out Paula’s music video and what she’s learned from Usher’s class below.

What type of performer are you and how did you get your start?

I am very new to performing. I love to entertain. Above all, I love to create and share those creations. The only experience I’ve had performing live thus far has been doing improvised painting. I got started when a friend invited me to tour with her band painting on-stage. Since then, I’ve started making my own music as well and I’m trying to strengthen skills that will enable me to share more art and music with the world.

Who are some of your greatest performance inspirations?

Marina Abramović, FKA Twigs, and Shakira. I love the artistry, authenticity and creativity that is projected through each of their performances. They’re edgy, bold, and raw.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from Usher so far?
Get out there. It’s okay to be vulnerable, that is the most important part about being fearless.

What is the next step in your performance journey?
I’m currently in the pre-production stage of my first album. My next step is to build up confidence so I can perform all the new creations myself, live. I signed up for Christina’s vocal MasterClass to gain confidence with my voice and strengthen my vocal technique. I want to keep performing and collaborating with artists from all disciplines. I think some of the most creative projects come from a collection of creative minds.

Want to learn more about Paula? You can connect with her in Usher’s MasterClass and check her out on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also sign up to be one of Paula’s supporters on Patreon and keep the music coming!

Are you interested in being featured as a future student highlight? Share your work with the class in your class’s Student Group and you could be featured next!