On Nov. 14, singer Bahja Rodriguez held a listening party for her upcoming EP, It Gets Better at Atlanta’s UAMG studios. Former member of girl group, OMG Girlz, the young singer describes her debut project as a true reflection of herself and incorporates an old school feel of R&B all while keeping it current with today’s sound.
The crowd was able to enjoy the project as well as participate in an intimate Q&A with journalist Rea Davis. Influenced by artists such as Brandy, Lauryn Hill, and Faith Evans, Bahja wants to put emotion back into R&B. “I feel like R&B is missing emotion right now; it sounds urban,” she said.
The singer was joined by friends, industry professionals, and former group members, Babydoll and Star, as well her mother, Shamra Star, who all showed support and love.
The project includes seven songs with productions from OGxParker, Mello, and Forte Bowie as well as a duet with singer Jacob Latimore. When asked about the biggest challenge she faced while pursuing her solo career, Bahja told the audience, “I’m learning to be patient with myself and actually believing in myself because I am my biggest critic.”
The 19-year-old star also wants to try other endeavors such as acting and starting a label to bring on other artists. She wants to collaborate with artists Sevyn Streeter, James Fauntleroy, and Tory Lanez. When asked about an OMG Girlz reunion, she said, “I definitely think so. I’m open to it, but I think right now we’re all just focusing on our own solo careers.”
With the project available now for pre-order, the EP will be available Nov. 20 and is “something that the world needs to hear.”