Amanda Ava Koci, popularly known as Ava Max, was born on February 16, 1994. She started her music career at a young age but found that success sometimes takes a while. Undefeated, she pushed on and continued to chase her dreams until they became a reality. Now with multiple hits, a gold-certified album, and award wins, she is ready to take on the world with her unique style and catchy music and continues to expand her career. Read on to celebrate her special day.
Amanda Ava Koci
February 16, 1994
Amanda Ava Koci, popularly known as Ava Max, is just now emerging into the music world and is already becoming a pop sensation. She has been working towards this goal since her childhood, as success didn’t come easy to her. Now, however, she’s secured a bright future for herself. She was born on February 16, 1994, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius, and her ethnicity is Albanian. She is the daughter of Pavllo and Andromaqi Koci, who immigrated from Albania, and she also has an older brother. She started to compete in singing competitions when she was a child and through her pre-teen years and released music under the stage name Amanda Kay, which she later changed to Ava. At 14, she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, but she moved to South Carolina after not finding luck. She tried again when she was 17, with her brother as her manager.
When she was 20 years old, she met Canadian producer Cirkut, and the two started working together. She wrote numerous songs before releasing ‘Anyone But You’ in 2016, attracting the attention of record labels. In the same year, she signed a deal with Atlantic Records. After signing, she adopted Max as the last name for her stage name and began wearing her Max Cut, which is now a central part of her artistic image. In 2018, she began to release more singles and was featured in some songs, but one, in particular, stood out. Her single ‘Sweet but Psycho’ brought her her much-desired commercial breakthrough, peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching number one in several countries.
Throughout 2019, she continued to release singles, feature in songs, and even won her first awards, including an M.T.V. Europe award for ‘Best Push Act.’ In 2020, she released a single called ‘Kings & Queens,’ which became her second big hit, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and got a remix featuring Lauv and Saweetie in August of the same year. In September, she released her debut studio album “Heaven & Hell,” which peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200. In 2021, she was featured on ‘The Motto’ by famous D.J. Tiësto.
Ava Max enters several competitions and continues doing so for the rest of her pre-teen years.
Having already done so in 2008, she returns to L.A. to pursue music.
She meets the Canadian record producer at a dinner party and starts working with him.
Her song ‘Anyone but You’ gets her the attention of Atlantic Records, with whom she signs a record deal.
Her song ‘Sweet but Psycho’ becomes a hit and her breakthrough.
She releases “Heaven & Hell,” her debut studio album.
Why We Love Ava Max
Her determination knows no bounds
She had a difficult time trying to succeed as a musician. Traveling the country in search of it, getting rejected over and over, and her music not having its desired effect on people are all things she knows well. However, she didn’t give up and eventually got her long-awaited success.
Her unique style and attitude
When it comes to looks, she knows what she wants. She doesn’t work with the fashion designers that most stars do and wears eccentric outfits in public, all topped by her signature hairstyle created and cut by herself, which she named the Max Cut and incorporated into her logo.
She touches significant themes in her songs
Themes like acceptance, female empowerment, and self-love are prevalent throughout her song lyrics. She said that because she is very vocal, these subjects are present in her lyrics and are significant in her life.
5 Surprising Facts
She speaks Albanian
Ava Max is proud of her heritage and speaks her parents’ mother tongue, though she cannot read it.
Her parents are also involved in music
She also inherited musicality from her parents — her father was a pianist, and her mother was classically trained in opera singing.
She is a big Post Malone fan
She said that she dreams of a collaboration with him.
She’s been compared to Lady Gaga
She has been compared to the pop icon, who also happens to be one of her main influences because of her appearance and personality.
She loves chocolate cake
She has said that chocolate cake is her guilty pleasure because she wants to eat it all the time.
Ava Max FAQs
Where did Ava Max go to high school?
She went to Lexington High School in South Carolina after she tried and failed to start a music career in Los Angeles.
What are Ava Max fans called?
The nickname for her fanbase is the Avatars.
Why does Ava Max have long and short hair?
She decided to make the now-called Max Cut her signature hairstyle after being bored of more common hairstyles.
Ava Max’s birthday dates