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Dev was born to Lisa, a real estate agent, and Riki Tailes, a painting contractor. She has two younger sisters, Sierra Sol (born September 13, 1994) and Maezee Luna. Dev is of Portuguese and Mexican descent. She grew up in the city of Manteca. At the age of four, she started swimming and was part of the U.S Olympic development program. She attended Brock Elliott Elementary and graduated from Sierra High School in 2007, where she was a member of band and choir. She attended San Joaquin Delta College, studying English and art history. She went to her senior formal with Ryan Fisher, who is currently a professional baseball player for the Miami Marlins.

She made a cover of an Amy Winehouse song that she described as being "super-weird and super-different". She recorded the song on her laptop in response to her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, calling it a "diss track". It was later revealed that the song was "Blonde Trick". A friend of hers posted the song onto MySpace, and production team The Cataracs noticed it and contacted Dev. She dropped out of college in her freshman year to pursue her singing career and was then signed by the Los Angeles based record label and management team, Indie-Pop, who also discovered The Cataracs. Six months later, Dev and The Cataracs' song "2Nite" began to gain exposure on the radio, the television channel MTVU and the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart. In 2009, Dev moved to Los Angeles to produce music with the Cataracs and work directly with Indie-Pop.

In 2010, the Cataracs produced "Like a G6" with Far East Movement and decided to use a verse from Dev's single "Booty Bounce" as the chorus. The two songs were made in the same summer, at the time where Dev and the Cataracs "were grinding it out in the studio pretty tough together," making a couple of "simplistic random tracks."[3] "Like a G6", which features Far East Movement and Dev, was released in April 2010, and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song went on to sell over three million downloads in the US.


Devin Star Tailes (born July 2, 1989), better known by her stage name Dev, is an American singer
Dev was born in Tracy, California to Lisa, a real estate agent, and Riki Tailes, a painting contractor
Dev's family is from Costa Rica, but grew up in Manteca and is of Portuguese and Mexican descent
She has two younger sisters, Sierra Sol and Maezee Lua
At the age of four, she started swimming and was part of the U.S Olympic development program
She attended Brock Elliott elementary
She graduated from Sierra High School, where she was a member of a band and a choir
Soon, she attended San Joaquin Delta College, studying English and art history
She was discovered by The Cataracs via Myspace
Dev's song "Booty Bounce" was sampled in Far East Movement's hit single "Like a G6"
Dev was signed to Universal Republic in October 2010

 

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