She’s back! Ranella Ferrer had dropped out of the music scene for a few years, but now she’s found her spark again. Discovering her talent at an early age, the powerhouse soul singer and opening act for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Tyrese grew up in the Philippines and relocated with her family to Southern California where she continued to be a standout performer. She even caught the attention of musical composer, Dwayne Wayans Jr. who continues to mentor and support her with most of her projects to this day.
As Ranella started to depend less on her family’s help with her career, she suddenly became a lot busier. Ranella was no longer able to keep up with regular exercise workouts, and she chose to eat unhealthy foods, resulting in weight gain and a loss of self-con dence. The weight gain changed how she lived her life. Used to performing in tight, low-cut sexy clothes, Ranella became depressed when she discovered she had to shop for XL sizes to fit her larger body. She could no longer pull off sultry dance moves during her concerts.
When the opportunity to be a participant on “Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian” came along, Ranella recognized the possibilities of the opportunity and fully embraced the new healthy habits that came with the show. Sixty pounds lighter — and counting, the effusive and energetic Ranella is back on stage where she belongs as a TV show host and singer. Now on the cusp of another career breakthrough, Ranella Ferrer shares with us her story of physical transformation and a rekindled desire to sing and perform.
What’s your first memory of singing and performing?
I feel like I’ve been singing since I was in my mother’s womb. I was already humming tunes as a toddler. My dad would try to get me to sing in front of people by bribing me with money — but he really didn’t need to!
At what age did you come to America and what kind of opportunity were you expecting to get?
I arrived when I was 13, and to be honest, I didn’t realize I had entered the music industry. I met Dwayne Wayans Jr. in high school when he was dating my hairdresser. He became like my big brother and really showed me the way through the business.
Read the rest of her story in the summer 2018 issue of FitNFabs.