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Go Fishing With Stacy Barthe

Stacy Barthe‘s face may not be as familiar as her work but it soon will be. She’s moving from songwriter in the studio to artist on the stage. After penning tracks for the likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native is set on releasing her debut album with the help of some big names.

Through John Legend‘s Homeschool Records, Barthe’s company Stellar Music Inc., and Motown, she’ll soon see her vision become a reality. Her recent EP, ‘P.S. I Love You,’ released in February, was a precursor of what’s to come. “This is kinda like the closing chapter actually, ‘P.S. I Love You,’ to this trilogy; it’s like pain, rehabilitation, I’m over it,” the singer tells TheDrop.fm. “That’s the closed chapter. So now this one, although it’s definitely going to be still me, it’s the new version.”

Listen to the guitar-licked ‘Before I Knew Me,’ a song that details the process she went through to get to know herself, to understand what she means. She’s comfortable in her skin today, but the road wasn’t easy to get to this point.

“I was hurt that my career wasn’t going in the direction that I wanted it to at the time,” Barthe admits. “That caused me to be self-destructive as far as the way I was living, eating-wise, drinking. I just didn’t feel good about myself. So that’s when I started losing weight. I was 368 pounds. At 25, I have the chance to save my life and that’s when that whole transition begun as an artist, making that leap as a songwriter to being in the front as an artist.”

With a new outlook and her innate talents, Barthe’s using those as fuel for her forthcoming opus. “On this album, I’m going to be working with Malay, Pharrell, Salaam Remi, just a close-knit group of people. Just to name a few,” she reveals. “It’s special because I’m taking it to another level musically where I haven’t gone.”

Writing for pop stars has been beneficial for her — Rihanna’s ‘Cheers (Drink to That),’ Katy’s ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ and Britney Spears’ ‘Blur,’ among others — but that’s not what Stacy Barthe the chanteuse represents. “I’ve gone there for other people, but my stuff, I guess I was just trying to establish [myself], I just was popped out,” she admits. “So now [my album] is gonna be a little more rhythmic, still lyrically I’m going to paint pictures like I did before.”

Currently in the studio crafting her LP, Stacy Barthe took some time out to Go Fishing with TheDrop.fm. Yes, fishing! The songbird kicks off our new video segment and was full of surprises with her answers. Pet peeves, working with Dev, President Obama, special skills and more are part of the conversation. Let’s fish!

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