Last year, Lia Liza was crowned the Breakout Artist of the Year at Vancouver’s Golden Owl Awards, and while the B.C. native is getting noticed now, making music has been a lifelong goal of hers.

“I feel like music has always been in my blood, ever since I was young,” she told Mixcloud’s No Fun Radio last year. She describes her dad as an amazing singer, and says that she’s been training since she was nine years old, culminating in a post-secondary education as a vocal major. With all of the skills that she’s acquired, she then did what many Canadian artists before her have done to continue their pursuit of music: move down to the U.S.

Now relocated in Los Angeles, Liza is balancing careers in both music and modelling. For the former, 2018 marked the release of her debut album, Just What I Needed, a collection of gorgeously rhythmic R&B tunes that range from the sun-soaked summer anthem “Roll with Me” to the slinky opener, “The Feeling.” These songs show off a singer who has complete control of her vocals, and knows how to mold them around a solid beat, taking time to unfurl over the course of three minutes. Liza’s modelling has also taken off, with her most notably being featured in Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty promotions.

Music and modelling may be Liza’s main foci now, but she has her eyes set on becoming a triple-threat, if not more, in the future. In an interview with High Snobiety, Liza said that she’d like to star in a film or TV series, in addition to one day owning her own organization “that allows me to give back to my community.” So whether she’s dominating the airwaves, the runway, the big screen or the small, Liza’s big ambitions are bound to lead to some extraordinary things.