Artist, pineappleCITI is bringing back moving lyrics in all her projects and starting quite the movement – a movement that doesn’t involve relying on sex appeal that is. Before we close out Women’s History Month, we wanted to sit down with her to discuss her artistry, the release of her single, “Recognize,” and much more!

Unfortunately, you took a break from music after being in a car accident in 2016. How does it feel to be back?

It feels amazing. Just to go through that experience and know that I can get to the other side to go back and do what I love is super amazing.

Can you tell us about your single, “Recognize”? What inspired it?

It was the car accident. Just going through that car experience, I wasn’t able to walk for two years. It was definitely something that was a traumatic experience. It was something that I had to triumph over. “Recognize” is basically explaining that moment and explaining where I’m at today. It’s about going through that, knowing that I can make it to the other side, and appreciating the journey.

You’ve worked with notable names in music such as Twista, Kelly Rowland, and much more. Are there any artists that you’ve crossed that left a special mark on you and your career?

Definitely. My first writing experience was working with Kelly Rowland. Just being in the same room with someone that I looked up to since I was little is truly something I will never take for granted. It’s a funny story. I really wasn’t into singing at the time when I started working with her. I was writing a lot. I wrote the song for her and sang the demo song for her in the studio. She was like, “Wow, you should sing more.” Just hearing that from Kelly Rowland was something that changed my life forever. It made me want to put my record chops on the records.

March is Women’s History Month and we’re coming to a close soon, within the music industry, female rappers are dominating and a lot of them utilize sex appeal to grow their brand as an artist. How do you find a balance between expressing your femininity and stay true to your lyrics and music?

I appreciate the fact that there are so many different types of female artists in the industry right now. We’re definitely stepping into a time of women empowerment and I’m proud to be apart of it. For me, I think the important thing is that I don’t try to be anything but myself. I hope that it comes across well in my music. I don’t have to think about having a balance per say but I like to stay true to me. I like music that ‘s true to me, I don’t think about that too much.

How do you make sure to stay relevant and stand out amongst the rest?

I think the cool thing like I mentioned earlier is authenticity. Authenticity right now comes across the best. There are so many things that we can be into as people, as artists, so I think the important thing is not to try too hard to be anything but yourself. I think that comes across in my music well and my fans relate to that because there’s someone out there that sees themself in me. Those are the people that listen to my music and they’re the ones that help me stay successful.

What are you currently working on? What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Well actually I have a song called “Believe” dropping April 10th. Look out for that and I’m looking out to drop more things this year and hopefully releasing my album soon.

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