Forever her girl: How Paula Abdul 'straight up' inspired Tanika Charles
Juno nominee Charles explain why Abdul was the one that stood out
This weekend, Tanika Charles is up for a Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year — and we have Paula Abdul's Straight Up to thank in part for that.
"That was the first album that really just made me like, 'I want to do music, I want to sing, I want to dance,'" Charles says in the video above. "When I discovered music on my own, that's who really stood out."
Before she heads into her big night this weekend, watch Charles talk about Abdul and the other female entertainers that motivated her — and how she escaped a controlling relationship that almost derailed her music career.
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