With his singing career taking off, Weston pop sensation Jake Miller isn't home a lot.
There are media interviews, performances and travel. This month, he took 10 flights in the span of just five days.
So it's fitting that his first major record label studio single is called "First Flight Home."
The video to the song — which features Miller performing on the wing of a private jet and montages of a college student, a soldier and a little girl returning home to their loved ones — has been catching on since it debuted on MTV earlier this month. South Florida radio stations have been playing the song this summer.
"It feels amazing. It just debuted at No. 40 and it keeps going up. I am really excited," said Miller, 21, of his first single to chart on Billboard.
He wrote the song while in Los Angeles, during a time when he said he "was feeling a little homesick."
"I wanted to jump on the first red-eye out," Miller said.
Miller started rapping and creating YouTube selfie videos at age 17, while a student at Cypress Bay High. A year later, in 2011, he was discovered by rapper Snoop Dogg at a Pompano Beach showcase.
Miller went on to perform alongside Flo Rida and Sean Kingston at the "Think Pink Rocks" concert in West Palm Beach in 2011. He's also performed at the Calle Ocho Festival in 2012 and at the Y100 Jingle Ball last year.
After independently releasing two extended play recordings (2012's "Spotlight") and (2013's "The Road Less Traveled") and a full-length album (last year's "Us Against Them"), he landed a deal with Warner Bros. Records in November. MTV named him one of the "Ones To Watch" for 2014. And his music has evolved from rap to "a mix of hip-pop and pop," he said.
Miller's fan base, called the "Millertary," has grown to include almost 500,000 followers on Twitter and 800,000 likes on Facebook.
He doesn't forget where he started, though. During TV and radio interviews, he gives shoutouts to Weston and longtime hangouts here such as DelVecchio's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant and the Weston 8 Cinema.
"It's really important to talk about where you came from, and that's where I came from,'' said Miller, who visits home about every two weeks. "I remember I told my friends in high school that I wanted to be the first famous musician to come out of Weston …It's a small city, and I've always loved it."
For now, he's on the road and working on more music. He has a message for South Florida fans: "Thank you guys for supporting my career … I'm going to make you guys proud."Copyright © 2015, South Florida