Laura Michelle Pop Star Chuck Norris singer

Ask any pop star: The road to radio domination is rarely easy and success almost never happens overnight. Pop legends like Britney Spears and Katy Perry tried for years to break into the biz. And singer, songwriter and musician Laura Michelle–who is on the cusp of pop stardom herself–is no different.

Laura Michelle has pounded the LA pavement for six years, playing local (and legendary) venues like The Troubadour, The Whiskey and The Viper Room. After hooking up with producers who has worked with Avril Lavigne, Jay Z and Shakira, the NorCal native has released her debut album, Novel With No End.

Its first single? Chuck Norris, a song with lyrics that start, “I always speak my mind and never really censor what I have to say.” And the song just gets more badass from there. Yes, please! Plus, the just-released video not only stars a powerful Laura, but Chuck Norris himself. How cool is that? The video is trending in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Germany and in just in a few weeks time has racked up nearly 5 million views.

Of course, with such seemingly quick success has come a bit of hate. But Laura, who writes songs about empowerment and being true to self is walking the walk–even reading mean comments in this awesome video.

We sat down with the songstress to learn what it takes to break into the music biz, the three characteristics a girl needs in the pop world and what it means to tap into that Chuck Norris state of mind.