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Conversations with the Inspiring Najj Andrea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Najj Andrea.

Najj, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from the East side of Pittsburgh. I began singing at the age of eight at the Community of Reconciliation Church in Oakland. At the age of 12, I joined and began singing at New Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Homewood. Through my affiliation with the K.R.U.N.K movement, I began songwriting at the age of 14. Since I have written and arranged all my songs, as well as other songs for other artists. I have had the pleasure of performing at numerous events including- The Gallery Crawl(Pittsburgh Cultural Trust), Light up Night, The Black Arts Cultural Fest, PVO Mr. Smalls, B.Y.E Campaign Launch Party.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road and continues to be hard. As a woman in the music industry, I’m constantly having to prove that I am able to bring something new, something interesting, and something worth looking at to the table. It is also hard trying to find a balance between school, teenage life, and my career. Starting young isn’t always easy but it allows you to make your mistakes early, learn from them, and then apply them to everyday life. Something I would say to other women about starting their journey is it is NOT too late, it is NOT too early, it is NOT going to be easy, and you will want to give up, but you can’t because an unstarted dream is an unfinished job.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a singer/songwriter & performing artist. My music is a powerful mix of heart n soul and r&b with endearing and raw lyrics. I am most proud of the way I explain the stories behind the music and come up with melodies that will burn in your memory and soul as you listen. I am known for speaking my mind through my songs. I write music that people can relate to and feel. A lot of my songs were written about what I’ve been through, what I’ve seen & what I’ve seen others go through.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I use RhymeZone a lot while writing music. RhymeZone is a website and app used to find rhymes, synonyms and definitions of words. Sometimes when I’m writing lyrics, I can’t always find a word that rhymes or find a word that would make sense in the song and RhymeZone is a useful tool.

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