Rita Ora couldn't imagine anything doing anything other than singing.

The 'Hot Right Now' hitmaker says she has always wanted a career as a singer and had no back-up plan if her dreams failed to materialise.

She said: ''There's no one in my family who's ever even wanted to do this. When I was six, I joined the choir and fell in love with singing. We sang at the Royal Albert Hall, two years later and I was given a solo. I remember so clearly The Feeling of standing there and just thinking, 'This is what I'm going to do.'

''From then on, that was it. I'd play every record in the house, from Celine Dion to Eric Clapton. I just wanted to be a singer. There was never a Plan B.''

Rita, 21, got her big break after Jay-Z signed her up for his Roc Nation record label and admits she was so nervous before she met him, she wanted to be sick.

The British star told Grazia magazine: ''I arrived at New York airport wearing an old Run Dmc T-shirt and leggings and was taken straight to the Roc Nation Christmas party, wheeling my suitcase. I'd just come off the flight, hadn't slept and had barely any make-up on, Standing up in front of all these people, a big crowd parted, and there I was, face-to-face with Jay-Z. I was so scared I thought I might throw up. But he just gave me this massive grin.''