Miranda Cosgrove has been singing since she was 5 years old. But it was acting — and specifically her lead role on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” that led to her becoming a recording artist as well.
“I always wanted to sing but I never thought I’d get the chance to make an album,” says the Los Angeles-born Cosgrove, 17, a fan of classic rock acts such as the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Aerosmith, thanks to her mother, Chris. “But when I did the theme song for my show (‘Leave It All to Me’ with co-star Drake Bell), it opened a lot of doors.
“I think it’s completely different than acting. With acting, I’ve been doing it for a really long time; especially with ‘iCarly,’ I know exactly what I’m doing on the set and I feel super comfortable and everything. You’d think that not being super comfortable about music would be a bad thing, but I feel like that’s what makes it exciting. It’s really fun.”
So far it’s been working out for Cosgrove, who sang four songs on the “iCarly” soundtrack album in 2008 and had a No. 8 debut on the Billboard 200 with her first album, “Sparks Fly,” in April. She also has an EP coming this year that will feature her latest single, “Dancing Crazy,” as well as “High Maintenance,” a duet with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo that Cosgrove hopes will continue to build her credibility as a singer.
“I think in the beginning it was harder because I definitely think everybody is (skeptical) — even I think that about people when actresses do an album,” says Cosgrove, who’s preparing to film another season of “iCarly” and has also been applying to colleges. “So I think it really took a while to establish that I was sticking with music and it was really something I wanted to do.
“Now that I’ve been doing it for four or five years, I think that’s helped. Hopefully I’ll keep maturing and maybe more people will accept it.”
Miranda Cosgrove and Greyson Chance perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25-100. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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