By Alice Gauntley
Maria Aragon, the 11-year-old from Winnipeg who became famous for her Youtube cover of a Lady Gaga song, has landed a record deal in her native Philippines.
The singer first became famous four months ago when Lady Gaga tweeted about Maria’s rendition of Gaga’s single “Born This Way.” Within a week of the tweet, Maria’s video had received 11 million hits.
Maria has since appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, performed at a national Canada Day celebration, and sung for Prince William and Kate Middleton on their visit to Canada. She had to turn down offers to perform in Canada over the summer since she would not be in the country.
The young star is currently visiting relatives in the Philippines, where she announced on Friday that she has been signed to Star Records, a Philippines-based label. She is slated to record an album, make appearances in the country, and even lay down a song to be used in an upcoming Filipino movie.
"I can't believe it!” Maria tweeted. “Thank you for everybody's support and love. Because of you I am now here in the Philippines + signed under Star Records!"