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Bebe Rexha is beautifully complex. In some respects, she is the fragile and possibly broken artist careening through life, constantly trying to outpace the shadows of her own insecurities. However, instead of letting self-doubt get the better of her, Rexha frequently turns to stare down those shadows, letting them know it is not wise to challenge her when she is in a mood. And, if they refuse to back off, she fearlessly charges head-on into that darker side of her soul to conquer the demons that threaten to tear her down. The raging honesty of her conflicted inner dialogue and the personal triumphs she has accomplished despite those deterrents have made Bebe Rexha a champion of a generation. She is a fearsome role model who is at once vulnerable and invincible.

Nowhere is her ability to reach people more evident than at her live shows. There is a give-and-take that happens during her raging performance as she offers her all to the crowd and they get it. They really get it. The fragments of Bebe Rexha come together in a marvelous, empowering whole and the crowd understands.

“I’m just trying to connect the dots for everybody,” Bebe told AXS in a recent backstage interview at the Vans Warped Tour. In contrast to her just-finished, fiercely aggressive stage performance, the artist spoke in soft, delicate tones, resting her voice to ensure that she remained at her peak for her next show. “I think a lot of these kids know about ‘The Monster’ [Bebe co-wrote Rihanna’s hit.] and a lot of the other songs that I’ve written, so they tend to have a little respect for me. I’m not just this pop chick who is singing all of these songs on stage. I think my live show connects the dots for them. They come up and talk to me after my set and buy the CD. About a week later, they will usually tweet me and say, ‘I love your music!’ And that’s just such a great feeling.”

Because of her incredible success as the stunning vocalist on Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” there is a misconception among some of her fans about what kind of an artist Rexha is. “I love dance music. I love pop music. I love rock music,” she acknowledged, “I’m actually genreless. I just love all music. But, I happen to have success in the EDM world. When people get to see me live, they see this rock side of me coming out and I think it all starts to make sense to them. I love live drums and I love live guitar.”

When Bebe performs, she opens herself up and shares more than just her music with her fans, she has a real dialogue and offers a chance to connect on a deeper level. It is a genuineness that moves her fans to line up, sometimes 500 deep, after the show, just to get a chance to thank the artist for the shared moment.

“What’s weird to me is I remember being in Black Cards with Pete Wentz and trying to reach for them, but they wouldn’t come to me. I think it was because I wasn’t being true to myself,” Bebe reasoned. “Now, I’m just trying to be the truest me that I can. The moment that I stopped trying to be what people think a ‘superstar’ is, that’s when people started really noticing me and they started really connecting with my music, which is really cool!”

“I’ll sit in my merch booth and the kids will line up to tell me their stories,” she continued. “It breaks my heart because I want to help all of them, but I don’t know how to help each and every single one of them. The best I can do is just be me and share my message because I’m just trying to find myself in the world, too.”

Bebe admits, in the beginning, she wasn’t really sure who she was. “If you don’t know who you are, you can’t fake it. People are not stupid. But I feel something happening now and it’s really exciting. I don’t think a lot of kids have anybody to really look up to, especially in the pop world. I’m not scared of pop music, I’m not scared to be involved with it. As long as you stay you, as long as you’re saying what you want to say and being true to who you are, if it happens to be popular, that’s a great thing.”

Rexha also confessed to AXS that, initially, she was extremely nervous about the tour. “I wasn’t allowed to go to the Warped Tour growing up, so as the dates started getting closer, I really started feeling like I didn’t belong. It reminded me of when I was younger because I wanted to be this cool, badass chick and get tattoos and dye my hair, but my mom wouldn’t let me, so I would sit at home all day long feeling lonely.”

Bebe was worried she might not be the person the kids were expecting. The only strategy she had was to surrender herself to the moment. “I decided that I was going to be the realist me that I could be. And as I started doing the shows, I realized people were actually coming out to see me and they were singing the words. And that’s just so crazy because I thought these kids would alienate me. But they are actually opening their arms to me and it’s calming me. A big record executive could tell me I suck. Or, anybody could say that I suck... but if my fans like what I’m doing, they are the ones who really matter.”

“Now, I feel like I’m here for a purpose,” she shared. “I’ll sit at my merch booth and a mom will come up to me, crying about her daughter who is cutting herself or maybe saying that she wants to kill herself. I know I can’t help everyone, but if somehow I could be there so these kids know that there is some type of light in all this darkness, that’s what would make me truly happy.”

For more information on Bebe Rexha, visit her website, like her on Facebook, watch her on YouTube, and follow her on Instagram, Vine, and Twitter.

Upcoming tour dates:

July 14 - Mansfield, Mass - Xfinity Center
July 15 - Darien Center, N.Y. - Darien Lake PAC
July 16 - Cincinnati, Ohio - Riverbend Music Center
July 17 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 18 - Columbia, Md. - Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 19 - Holmdel, N.J. - PNC Bank Arts Center
July 21 - Scranton, Pa. - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 23 - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - Blossom Music Center
July 24 - Detroit, Mich. - The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot
July 25 - Chicago, Ill. - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
July 26 - Shakopee, Minn. - Canterbury Park
July 27 - Maryland Heights, Mo. - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 - Milwaukee, Wis. - Marcus Amphitheatre
July 29 - Noblesville, Ind. - Klipsch Music Center
July 30 - Bonner Springs, Kan. - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 1 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah State Fairpark
Aug. 2 - Denver, Colo. - Pepsi Center Parking Lot
Aug. 5 - San Diego, Calif. - Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
Aug. 7 - Portland, Ore. - Portland Expo Center
Aug. 8 - Auburn, Wash - White River Amphitheater

Sept. 6 - Hershey, Pa. - Hershey Theatre
Sept. 9 - New York, N.Y. - Terminal 5
Sept. 10 - Boston, Mass. - House of Blues Boston
Sept. 11 - Uncasville, Ct. - Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 14 - Chicago, Ill. - House of Blues Chicago
Sept. 15 - St. Louis, Mo. - The Pageant
Sept. 17 - Denver, Colo. - Fillmore Auditorium
Sept. 20 - Phoenix, Ariz. - Marquee Theatre
Sept. 22 - Houston, Texas - House of Blues Houston
Sept. 23 - Dallas, Texas - House of Blues Dallas
Sept. 25 - Atlanta, Ga. - The Tabernacle
Sept. 26 - Orlando, Fla. - House of Blues Orlando
Sept. 27 - Miami Beach, Fla. - The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sept. 29 - Silver Spring, Md. - The Fillmore Silver Spring
Oct. 3 -Toronto, Canada - The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct. 6 - St Paul, Minn. - Myth
Oct. 23 - Los Angeles, Calif. - The Wiltern
Oct. 24 - Los Angeles, Calif. - The Wiltern
Oct. 25 - San Francisco, Calif. - The Masonic