Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida, the daughter of Joan Grande and Edward Butera. Grande’s family moved from New York to Florida when her mother was pregnant with her, and her parents separated when she was around 8 or 9 years old. As a child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater, playing her first role as Annie, as well as performing in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. At the age of 8, she performed at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship and with various orchestras such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops and Symphonic Orchestras, and she made her national television debut singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Florida Panthers. She attended Pine Crest School and North Broward Preparatory School.
By age 13, she became serious about pursuing a music career, though she still concentrated on theater. When she first arrived in Los Angeles to meet with her managers, she expressed a desire to record an R&B album when she was 14. In 2008, Grande was cast in the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway. Grande auditioned for the Nickelodeon television show Victorious in New York along with 13 co-star Elizabeth Gillies in 2009. After the first season of Victorious wrapped, Grande wanted to focus on her music career and began working on her debut album in August 2010. Her discography includes: Yours Truly, My Everything, and Dangerous Woman. Grande was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism. She has followed Kabbalah teachings since the age of twelve. For more of Ariana’s bio, click HERE!
Pray for Ariana Grande this week, that she may experience God’s peace through this time of tragedy following the Machester bombing! Pray that she may encounter God’s love, grace, and comfort in a personal and powerful way! Pray that God would also provide a community that would best serve her needs at this time! May Ariana grow closer to God and find her purpose and worth in her Creator!