Lady Gaga Wants to Duet With Filipino-Canadian Maria Aragon
February 20, 2011 | 5,541
"Oh maybe you're just gonna have to come onstage with me and sing that song. What do you think" Gaga asked Maria, referring to her cover of "Born This Way," which now reached more than 7.8 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube on Feb. 16.
Lady Gaga herself saw Maria's video, and was deeply touched by her rendition that she took to Twitter on Feb. 17 to declare the child sensation as "the future" along with the link of her performance, thus catapulting Maria into instant stardom.
Maria excitedly accepted Gaga's offer, saying, with tears in her eyes, "That would be really cool!"
Prior to this, Lady Gaga exchanged hello's with Maria, who was stunned hearing the singer-songwriter's voice. "Hello my gorgeous Maria who is so beautiful and so famous all over YouTube," she said sweetly.
Gaga was apparently struck not only by Maria's "beautiful voice" and being "joyful to watch." The hit singer-songwriter revealed that she watched the YouTube clip---sent to her by her friend, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton---when she had a bad day.
"Every once in a while, whether people believe it or not, I have a very bad day. And I was not having such a good day... and when Perez sent me the video of you singing 'Born This Way,' I was so overjoyed that I began to cry. I was so happy," she related while Maria listened, teary-eyed.
Gaga was also grateful to Maria for reminding her of her music's purpose.
"This industry is very difficult to women sometimes and they want to tear us down and tear us apart. And I worked on 'Born this Way' for so long and I knew that the world would rip it to shreds when it came out.
"But when I saw you, so young and so beautiful, singing those words so purely, it reminded me of why I wrote the song in the first place and it reminded me why I make music. So thank you so much for making my day better and thank you so much for reminding me of why I'm so passionate about what I do. And never give up on your dreams Maria," said Gaga.
Apparently star-struck, Maria only managed to say "thank you so much" before her tears finally fell. Lady Gaga seemingly attempted to break the ice by asking Maria if she has any question for her.
"Where do you get your outfits" queried Maria, making Gaga (and the other people in the radio booth) laugh.
Gaga responded that her often-out of this world outfits are made by her "really close friends who are really talented just like you (Maria)," a collective she calls the Haus of Gaga.
Maria got a taste of her possible, forthcoming duet with the Grammy winner when they sang a part of the chorus of "Born This Way" on the radio show.
"I think we're gonna do a good duet there Maria," Gaga said after their short impromptu performance.
Towards the end of their first phone chat, Maria, still crying, thanked Gaga and expressed her love for her music.
"Don't cry. I love you too. Thank you for believing in me. I will always believe in you. I promise you, Maria, when you grow up and become a big superstar, that I will still be there clapping for you in the audience next time," said Gaga.
Maria, a Grade 5 student at Isaac Brock School in Winnipeg, has also been reportedly invited to appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" next week. She also caught the attention of TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who re-tweeted Gaga's post about Maria, remarking, "Thank Gaga I saw this." Young Filipino talents have already performed on Ellen's show such as Charice and Rhap Salazar.