RARE: An Exclusive Interview with Singer/Songwriter PJ

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PJ is an up and coming singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles by way of Atlanta. Her music can’t be defined by one traditional genre. While the music she personally creates is more eclectic and soulful, she can write raps and hooks for pop, hip-hop, and R&B artists alike. She has written songs for celebrated artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and more. Now she has her sights on advancing her solo career.

While writing has given her great knowledge of and exposure within the music industry, she is ready to step up and take it to the next level. We caught up with PJ to talk about her upcoming Rare EP set to release tomorrow, finding the confidence to take risks, and empowering her fans to be authentic with themselves and stay rare. Read our full interview below.

How did you first get into songwriting for other artists?

I got a publishing deal from BMG and I started writing to get placements. My very first placement was Meek Mill’s “I Don’t Know”

Did you always want to be a solo artist?

Yeah I always wanted to be an artist but I was very insecure before trying to make the transition from writer to artist. For some reason I was waiting on somebody else’s approval. But once I realized that being an artist was what I really wanted to do, I pushed for it and things started happening.

What can you tell us about the upcoming Rare project?

The Rare project comes out this year. It’s called Rare because it doesn’t sound like anything else sonically. I’m branded now as R&B and Soul but I honestly feel like I don’t have a specific genre. I can kind of bounce around to Pop, Hip-Hop, and a bunch of different genres I like. It’s also called Rare because I want to promote people being authentic and unique. It’s about admitting that you understand that there’s nothing wrong with you being the only version of yourself out there.

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What can we expect sonically? Are there more songs that sound like “Gangster?”

There are different types of songs but they are along the lines of Gangster. There are a lot of live instruments just like my last project, Walking Around Pools. I think it sounds great. I’m really looking forward to people hearing it.

Have you had your “I Made It” moment yet?

I don’t think it’s happened yet. I hope I’m not too far away from it though. My “I Made It” moment isn’t when I hear a song I wrote or made on the radio. It’s more when I win a Grammy.

So is that success to you?

Success to me is the moment where I perform on stage and people are singing all the words while I’m just clapping my hands.

What’s one song off Rare that you can’t wait for people to hear?

I have two. “This is What it Looks Like” and “Can’t Stop”. I love “This Is What It Looks Like” because it’s a testimony. If you been through something and you’re still standing, it could be your motto. I also love “Cant Stop” because it reminds me of Kanye West and I hope to play it for him one day.

What does the Rare movement mean to you overall?

Rare to me is the movement of people embracing who they are even if it’s outside of the norm of what’s accepted. It’s for anybody who feels like they’re a little different. There should be nobody that tells you that you shouldn’t be okay with who you are as a person.

Listen to PJ’s Rare project below!

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