Our Interview with PJ, The Atlantic Records Singer/Songwriter That’s Been Co-Signed By Common, Puff Daddy & Several Others
Inked to Atlantic Recordings, Los Angeles, California, based singer-songwriter, PJ, née Paris Jones, has already logged in countless studio hours working alongside some of the best in the biz: Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, R. Kelly, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Lupe Fiasco and Hit Boy, to name a few. Thus far PJ has released a pair of more than impressive solo EP’s; March 2015’s Walking Around Pools and the exceptional Rare this past July.
Having also recently wrapped a coveted opening slot on label-mate K. Michelle’s super successful two month ‘Hello Kimberly’ trek, PJ is enjoying her first tastes of success.More recently, rapper Common spotlighted the ultra-talented ingenue on his latest audio gem, “Lovestar,” which also features vocals from Marsha Ambrosius. “Lovestar” is the first single from Common’s upcoming album.
PJ’s own single, “Gangster” released earlier this Summer, along with it’s corresponding video introduced the Greensboro, North Carolina born, Atlanta bred rising star to the world over.We caught up with PJ for an exclusive interview to talk about her music, her humble beginnings and what the future holds for her. Check out the full interview below…
“never settle for anything less than you want” ~PJ
Um, all the super dope people. And then, I was really influenced by a lot of Disney soundtracks, too, because that’s what I used to watch all the time, and they always put music in it, which is why I tend to have popular melodies over harder beats.
Parlé Mag: When did your pursuit of music actually become a professional choice?
Parlé Mag: Being both a singer and a songwriter, is there a preference between the two or do they pretty much go hand in hand for you?
Parlé Mag: From a lyrical standpoint, where do you draw your inspiration(s) from?
PJ: My life… everything. Especially everything I’m talking about. Most of the stuff that I do talk about, about being counted out and being an underdog, ’cause that’s what I feel like I am. And, I feel like I’m being put inside a box, and I’m not necessarily getting a chance. Like I’m not getting the shot that I deserve. So that’s what Rare is about ’cause I feel because I am the way that I am, and I don’t necessarily fit the mold of a lot of different artists that’s out, it’s like I’m not getting the chance to show what I can do. So, that’s basically all the frustration of that, and everything is pretty much Rare for me anyway.
Parlé Mag: When it comes to the overall creative process, how do you determine what work(s) are designated for other artist(s) versus what you prefer keeping for yourself?
Parlé Mag: Of your vast discography, do you have any one particular favorite track that sticks out in your mind?
Parlé Mag: Tell me about your lead single, “Gangster”…
Watch the PJ “Gangster” video below:
Parlé Mag: Now that your ultra busy with your very own solo career, do you or will you still find the time to write for other artists?
Parlé Mag: Longevity, what will sustain you in music?
Parlé Mag: Lastly, are you happy with the current state of R&B music?
PJ: I think I am happy. I mean, I feel the state of R&B is fine, if you just know where to look. I think the state of R&B is only a problem with access. That’s because all the main channels are flooded. It’s not like the people have control over what gets on the radio. I know they’ll be, “Call in and request,” but I don’t know the last time I heard somebody that I never heard before on the radio, the newer people or even in general. So, it’s like the channels are kinda flooded, but the good thing is Spotify and the different streaming services you can find people you like. But everybody knows the radio isn’t really what it is. If you want to know who’s really moving, you can just see who’s at the festivals. There’s like a whole world outside of the radio. I’m not gonna say there isn’t a problem, but even like BET if they’re not playing that much music, but I don’t think it’s their fault. The problem is not with R&B, it’s with the industry. I feel like it’s like we just got a whole different form of media, which is the stream thing. Every time something like that happens, it just takes a minute for the rest of the world to catch up. But with streaming being so big, I think the state of R&B is definitely gonna improve because now you’re just gonna see what people flock to and people aren’t gonna be able to choose it for you.
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