Beat the Heat

HEAR IT: The Summer's Hottest New Music

Kat DeLuna, Kenna, Chris Brown and nine others share their songs with you! By Aaron Parsley with Jessica Herndon

Kat Deluna

The Album: 9 Lives
LISTEN: Click below to hear her song "Whine Up."

The 411: She's a classically trained opera singer who says her parents' divorce 10 years ago inspired her. "It sounds horrible, but I thank my parents for splitting," says the 19-year-old, who grew up in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic. "I became a songwriter out of that." But her album isn't sad opera music – her first single is a sassy dance track.
On Singing in Two Languages: "In Spanish, it's more passionate ... in English I feel like I'm taking over."