There's nothing stopping Nia Sioux Frazier from starring in her own life. The “Dance Moms” star kicked off her career as a pop star on Season 5 of the hit Lifetime series, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down. On Tuesday, during the series’ reunion special, she will premiere her second music video, “Slay.”
According to the 14-year-old singer, her latest single, a follow-up to March's "Star In Your Own Life," is all about inspiring her fans. And it appears to be doing just that -- following its Aug. 4 release, the song has hit the top 30 on iTunes’ pop chart and solidified Nia as a verified artist on Spotify.
"'Slay' is a very motivational song. It’s about being yourself and that everyone can slay at everything. It doesn’t matter who are, what you look like, all shapes, sizes and colors,” Nia dished to International Business Times of her inspiration for the Mikey Minden-helmed song. “Girls can do anything, girls can slay everything and no matter where you come from, who you are, you can slay life and be a girl, because girls can do anything."
Nia said her ultimate goal is for the song to inspire her followers to “get up and dance” and to “dismiss the haters.” It's a message of courage. After four years of starring on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms,” alongside the somewhat controversial coach Abby Lee Miller, Nia said she is all about promoting positivity.
“It’s all about people feeling good about themselves,” Nia told IBTimes. “I always want people to feel like they’re welcome, and I love being positive because negativity, negativity is just bad. I like to be positive because it makes people happy. You don’t listen to people who tell you that you’re not pretty enough or not good enough, you just defeat the obstacles and you just be the best you that you can be.”
When Nia’s music video premieres on Lifetime and her YouTube channel Tuesday, the “Dance Moms” star says her fans can expect to see all walks of life, and a few familiar faces, like her mother, Holly Frazier, and her teammate, JoJo Siwa.
“I love including JoJo in my projects because she’s so much fun to have around. She takes direction pretty well and she is a character. She’s a good friend,” Nia said of her decision to include the 12-year-old “Dance Moms” newcomer.
While Nia may be excited to have JoJo in “Slay,” she was a little unsure about Holly's involvement after being approached by Minden to let her mom make a cameo. “I was kind of shocked for a couple of minutes. I had to make up my mind. And then, I was kind like, ‘You know what? I’ll have her in it,’” Nia said with a laugh. “She’s a regular person, but we can put her in it. We can put in a mom.”
While some of Nia’s “Dance Moms” co-stars, including JoJo’s mother, Jessalyn Siwa, are in the video, Nia says you shouldn’t expect to see all of her Abby Lee Dance Company teammates. Despite being “very close” to her co-stars off-camera, Nia says they did all not get bit parts in the project per Abby’s request. “I actually want the girls to be a part of it, but Abby, unfortunately, does not want the other girls to be a part of anything that I’m doing," Nia explained.
Despite Abby withholding her teammates from her project and remaining somewhat indifferent to her music career on “Dance Moms" Season 5, Nia remains hopeful that her longtime coach will support her. “Honestly, I don’t know what Abby thinks. She could be very supportive, she could not. I actually haven’t seen her in a little bit, so I don’t know, but I’m sure she’s very supportive on the inside.”
With two songs under her belt, Nia said she would love to release more music. But don’t fret, “Dance Moms” fans! Despite calling her role on the Lifetime series “challenging,” Nia said she has no plans to leave her dance career behind her. “I feel like I can do it all. I want to do it all. I want to do singing, acting, dancing, and I love being on the show. … The show gave me a prop to help me sing and do my videos and everything and get seen a little bit. I love the show and I can’t thank them enough.”
When she's not on "Dance Moms," Nia likes to stay in contact with her fans. The best way viewers can connect with her is through social media. “I’m having a great time and I would love fans to communicate with me,” she said. “Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, any social media. That’s perfect.”
With more than 78,000 subscribers on YouTube, countless views on her first music video, and a new one just on the horizon, the future looks mighty bright for Miss Sioux Frazier. No matter what the future holds for Nia, she says she’s prepared for the journey. “I’m so happy how it played out. And I can’t wait to know what more is going to be coming,” she said. “To all my fans: thank you so much for having me and supporting me because it’s been a great ride.”
Watch the premiere of "Slay" Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT during the "Dance Moms" Season 5 reunion special, "City of Angels."