If you don't know singer Bibi Bourelly's name just yet, you probably will by the year's end. The rising singer has contributed her writing talents to several high-profile acts in music, including Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez. But her efforts as a solo artist haven't gone unnoticed.
Bourelly, 24, surfaced with her debut single "Riot" in 2015. The Berlin-born songstress followed "Riot" with "Ego," a track backed by a sick bluesy R&B beat as she belts about the people who've "fucked" her up along the way. She had a big year in 2016 when she made her first late-night appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and toured with Haim. She's continued to write and showcase her artistry through tracks like "Writer's Song," a song she released in October that took her 10 minutes to pen. However, she'll finally be ready to release her debut solo record sometime in 2019.
"I've been working on it really intensely for the past four months, but it's been off and on," Bourelly told Newsweek's Ndelible. "I think now, more than ever, I know my identity as an artist and as a person. It's just a body of work documenting my life as a girl, a young girl, in America."
To create her freshman effort, she's teamed up Haitian producer Shama Joseph. Joseph has been the man behind huge hits from artists such as Rihanna, Kanye, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj. When it comes to the type of music she aims to create, she said she only wants to "speak my truth."
Bourelly expressed her truth in her newly released single, "White House." The song, which took her roughly 30 to 40 minutes to write, brought her fears of where society is heading under President Donald Trump's administration centerstage.
"I'm not, like, a political major. I'm not a political person. I never have been a political person. But I am an artist," she said. "I'm a person with a point of view. I don't know the ins or outs or the details of the administration, but I know what I see. I've always been a girl who follows and trusts her intuition. Most of my decisions are made based off what my tuition is telling."
Bourelly continued, "I just felt fear. This song is coming from a place of fear, not hate. I create subconsciously. I create based off of the energies around me and the things that I feel. It just, kind of, poured out of me."
While Bourelly's first studio record doesn't have a release date just yet, don't be mistaken: she's still an artist to look out for. As she continues her rise, she has no intentions of allowing that to affect her overall being.
"I'm really outspoken and I'm honest. I'm constantly being ridiculed. I'm constantly being targeted for my free nature, for the way I talk, for me cussing, for where I'm from," Bourelly said. "All I want to do is just to speak my truth and speak to people who I relate to and relate to me."
Click here to listen to "White House."