Willow Smith, the nine-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, signed a record deal Thursday with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and Columbia Records to make her debut album:
In a statement, Jay-Z said, "We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow. She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious. It's rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career."
This comes on the heels of the release of her first single, "Whip My Hair," earlier in the week:
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The youngest Smith is joining her older brothers in the family business. Twelve-year-old Jaden broke out in a big way when he co-starred with his father in 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness, which grossed over $160 million domestically. He followed that up with a starring turn in the remake of The Karate Kid, which brought in over $170 million earlier this summer.
Oldest son Trey, from Will's first marriage, paved the way for his sibling's stardom when he guested on his dad's hit rap album, Big Willie Style, lending some precocious dialogue to the beginning of "Just the Two of Us" and starring in the accompanying music video:
Now Willow's step into the spotlight makes the Smith family three-for-three with its progeny entering show business. Is it time to rename the clan "The Smith Family Singers?"