Elen Levon has the world at her feet
Smash hit: the film clip for Like A Girl In Love, filmed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
SHE may only be 18, but dance-pop princess Elen Levon certainly isn't wasting time.
After inking a record deal with global clubbing super-brand Ministry of Sound in May, this superstar-in-the making is unleashing her follow-up single Like A Girl In Love on the world.
Following on from her debut single Naughty which worked its way into high rotation across all possible broadcast formats, Like A Girl In Love is a pumping electro-pop knockout, destined to place her as one of the artists to watch in 2012.
"I think lately girls are afraid to express their fun side and their inner bad girl," she says about the song.
"It's about letting go and not caring what other people think. Everyone has two sides to them."
Written by James Ash of Rogue Traders fame, Like A Girl In Love well and truly frames Elen's "inner bad girl".
Flying straight into Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh for filming, the video captures the mischievous star-crossed starlet's seduction into forbidden love through the directorial talents of Sydney-based Benn Jae, who has worked with the likes of Havana Brown, Amy Meredith and Marvin Priest.
As crazy as it sounds for someone so young, the spotlight's been a long time coming for Elen.
The Sydney native started dancing at the age of three and singing at seven. Inspired by idols like Madonna, Michael Jackson and Beyonce, the young Elen took singing lessons almost every day and performing became her life.
"It's always been a passion and there's never been anything else I've wanted to do," she says.
Well, except for some acting and modelling too.
"I love acting because I think it's also important to act on stage," she confesses. "It's where I get most of my ideas and creativity from and I think it's important to be not only a performer but also an entertainer."
Less than six months since her live debut on the Supafest festival around the country, alongside headliners like Snoop Dogg, Taio Cruz and Nelly, she got her chance to do just that.
Jetting into Beijing in January as the stand-alone Australian representative at the annual Gala World Music Festival under personal invitation from the Beijing Government, she performed her single Sun Burns Out, co-written by Brian McFadden.
Not content to rest on her laurels, Elen now is busy working on new material, writing with industry heavyweights 30H!3, Canadian producer Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado), Rami Afuni (LMFAO, Pixie Lott) and Brian Kennedy.
"I want to be one of those artists that the fans can grow with and everyone can relate to the music," she says. "I don't want to appeal to just one age group.
"It's not about the fame for me I want to be around for a while."
Check out Elen Levon, supported by DJ Zannon and Jordan De La Cruz, at Gilligan's on Saturday night, with doors open 9pm. Tickets at the door.
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Teen queen: Sydney pop-dance star Elen Levon.