Ava Max is a bonafide pop princess, but as a first-generation immigrant from Albania, her journey to stardom is a unique one. Ava spouts off about her music, Albanian culture, her songwriting process, and the passing of her grandfather.

“It’s tough specially for immigrants. Immigrant families leaving everything behind. I saw that firsthand with my family and it’s, it’s a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication and a lot of sacrifice. That’s mainly the reason I didn’t give up on my dream.”