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Rising star snares record deal
The West Australian

From her days as an X Factor contestant to a short stint in a girl band and a move to Los Angeles at just 17, Veronica Bravo has returned to Perth a different girl.

The now 18-year-old is visiting home for the first time since going to the US last year, where she was snapped up by BMAB Records, an offshoot of Sony with ties to international stars such as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Landsdale-raised Bravo came to prominence during the 2012 season of The X Factor, singing for One Direction as part of an all-girl group formed by the judges, and later became a social media hit with more than 50,000 followers on Twitter and 400,000 views of her audition on YouTube.

The group did not make it but the teenager took the rejection in her stride by partnering with a US producer and will release her new single Warning Sign on January 28.

In Perth to visit family, Bravo said that she had returned a stronger person since her time on the Channel 7 show.

"I'll always be that crazy Veronica but my family has definitely noticed a growth in me," she said.

"I know what I want now. All the experiences have made me know what I want in music and within me as an artist."

Bravo will shoot a music video when she returns to LA later this month. "The goal is for my single to do really well and then create an album," the former Mercedes College student said.