Last week, Angelica Salem was sitting in class. Today, she’s on a plane bound for Sweden.
Salem, a 19-year-old pop songstress and Stamford native, is joining rapper/singer Wyclef Jean for three dates on his week-long promotional tour of Northern Europe.
“I’m actually freaking out right now,” Salem, a Pace University freshman, said during a phone interview from her plane this afternoon. “With school and rehearsals, I’ve been having very little sleep. This week has been crazy.”
The tour heads to Norrköping, Sweden on Wednesday, before stopping at Stockholm on Thursday and Karlstad on Friday. Jean landed in Europe this past weekend, taking the stage in Oslo, Norway.
Salem, who launched her career as a pop singer while she was still a student at Trinity Catholic High School, met Jean through his brother and her manager, Sam Jean. The musicians have been working together since the summer and Salem is in the process of signing to Jean’s artist development company.
“I’m still going the pop route, but it’s a little different for me,” Salem said of the new material. “People are going to be in for a treat.”
Prior to this year, Salem released a pair of dance pop anthems — “We Rock The World” and “Knockoff,” the former of which made this reporter’s Favorite Songs of 2011 by Connecticut Artists list (check out the videos for both tracks below).
Salem also founded her own charity, Voice of an Angel, which has donated funds to local nonprofit organizations. A 2011 concert at Stamford’s Palace Theatre featuring rappers Flo Rida, Jadakiss, Sean Kingston, Iyaz and New Boyz raised money for Stamford Hospital.