Music Moments

Nija is easing our minds with her first single 

by Kristen Ayana

Nija Charles is a songwriter hailing from Union, New Jersey. At just 23 years old she has written for some of the greatest musical acts such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Sza, Ariana Grande, and Chris Brown just to name a few. Ninja attended NYU’s the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where she studied producing and songwriting. During the second semester of her sophomore year, Nija met her manager, Christian McCurdy. He introduced her to RCA Records A&R J Grand, and he flew her to Los Angeles to work with producers and other musical artists. She continued to travel between Los Angeles and New York City in order to finish school and while working in the industry. 


“I listen to everything, I can write any genre,” Nija told Rollinng Stone Magazine

“Just because I’m a little black girl doesn’t mean I only do R&B, but that’s how they stereotype it. You’ve gotta prove them wrong. It’s taken two-and-a-half years for that to happen.” 


Pushing forward Nija hasn’t only been writing songs for various artists and genres but now is writing & performing her own music. 


Nija took to Twitter to tease her first single  “Ease My Mind (Come Over)” by sharing a 30 second clip of the song and her dancing, the tweet read “I mixed R&B & Drill…this is how it turned out. Music finally otw.”


Fans immediately became drawn to the record with the tweet having over 17,000 likes and over 2,000 retweets. 


Nija then released the track on August 19th and the music video on August 24th. The song is an upbeat tune! It resembles popular drill beats that New York rappers like Pop Smoke, Fivio Foreign, and others have rapped on. Drill music is mostly known for its gritty beat style and lyrics. Nija is adding her own twist to the standard Drill music type beat by singing on the track. She is giving listeners a very R&B vibe with lyrics like “ So when I come home, baby, help me relax, yeah, yeah

I need an escape, come and empty my brain

Take my stress away, come and get you a taste

Clear all my thoughts, help me reach Nirvana ('vana, 'vana)

Save the day like a knight in armorz’ , in which one can assume Nija is referring to a love interest. 


“Ease My Mind (Come Over)” is definitely a track that’ll have you dancing and singing your heart out at the same time, it can be streamed on all platforms now and we’re excited to see what Nija has in store for the future.


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