If you watch American Idol
, The Voice
, or even America's Got Talent
(guilty, guilty, never!), you know that there's something intangible about an amazing singer beyond her voice — the je ne sais quoi
that turns a set of a windpipes into a bona fide star. In modern times, we call this swagger
, and NYC singer Neon Hitch
has it in spades. We managed to sit down for an exclusive interview and photo shoot with Neon (yes, that's her real name!) — in between her performing the top-of-the-charts Gym Class Heroes hit, "Ass Back Home
," and readying her own debut album with the breakout single, "Fuck U Betta
" — to get the scoop on all things Hitch.
What we found is all we could hope for from a rising pop sensation: over-the-top sunglasses, headdresses for every day of the week, and a rags-to-riches story unlike any we've ever heard (her mother still lives in a bus in Wales). Not only are we dubbing Neon Hitch the next downtown style star, we're dubbing her the Next Big Thing.
Click through to meet the next best Britney/Ke$ha combo and find out why we love her SO much more.
Photographed by Aaron Richter