Sweet, Innocent and Talented

Homeschooled in a faith that follows Old Testament law, Brittni Paiva makes beautiful music, and at 18 releases her third album

Melissa Moniz
Friday - December 01, 2006
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Sweet, Innocent and Talented

Anyone who’s ever exchanged words with Brittni Paiva knows that she’s just about as sweet and innocent as teenagers come these days. And so after a full-blown interview with the 18-year-old, let’s just say I was at a loss for words. Never had I met a teenager who radiated such maturity, innocence and obedience - it was almost enlightening.

In a state where graffiti, gangs, drugs and alcohol are headline stories on the evening news, Brittni has managed to separate herself from it all. With the guidance of her parents and her faith, Brittni has been shielded from the negative influences that often comes with being a teenager.


Brittni Paiva has plenty to smile about, including a new CD (left)
Brittni Paiva has plenty to smile about, including
a new CD (left)

Homeschooled throughout her school years - her family is “Torah Observant,” a religion that follows Old Testament law - Brittni appreciates the decision that her parents made for her early on.

“Homeschooling sheltered me because I didn’t have to deal with the peer pressure,” says Brittni. “I didn’t have to deal with bad people because my parents pretty much protected me from that, and that’s what the homeschooling part of it was meant to do. It was to protect me from bad outside influences.”

With a busy traveling schedule thanks to her rising music career since she was 15 years old, Brittni credits home-school as a deciding factor in her success. Without it she doesn’t think she would have been able to keep up with the gigs and the traveling.

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