Priscilla Renea

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Priscilla Renea
Birth namePriscilla Renea Hamilton
Also known asMuni Long
Born (1988-09-14) September 14, 1988 (age 32)
OriginVero Beach, Florida, U.S.[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar[1]
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated actsAriana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Muni Long
Websitewww.priscilla-renea.com

Priscilla Renea Hamilton (born September 14, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter. She is signed to Capitol Records,[3] and her debut album, Jukebox, was released on December 1, 2009.[1][4] She is best known for writing/co-writing the hit singles "California King Bed" by Rihanna and "Worth It" by Fifth Harmony.

Early life[edit]

Renea was born in Vero Beach, Florida in 1988. Her father was a member of the Navy.[5] She has stated she began singing at age two but wasn't comfortable with singing around people until she was older.[1][4] She later stumbled upon YouTube and began posting videos of her singing in her room. She recorded videos of herself singing the dictionary, and made her own songs Independently.[1] Her channel eventually received over 30,000 subscriptions and she was given the opportunity to participate in MTV's Say What? Karaoke.[4]

Career[edit]

The album was due for an October 20, 2009 release but was delayed for additional recording to occur. The album was preceded by the single "Dollhouse", which was released on August 18, 2009. The single failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 but did reach number eleven on the Heatseekers singles chart,[6] No. 31 on the Hot Dance Club Songs becoming a mild chart success.[7]

Renea's debut album, Jukebox, was released on December 1, 2009. The record sold a mere 1,200 copies in its first week and failed to reach the Billboard 200. However, it did reach number twenty-three on the Billboard Heatseekers album charts, staying on the chart for one week.[8] The album has sold 3,000 copies to date in the U.S. and 5,000 copies to date worldwide. Regardless of its commercial failure, the album was critically acclaimed.[9] The second and final single, "Lovesick", was released on March 2, 2010 but failed to chart completely.[10]

Renea co-wrote four songs (including the UK number-one single "Promise This" and the UK top 10, "California King Bed" a track from Rihanna's fifth studio album, Loud, released in November 2010. She continued her songwriting career, landing credits on 2011 and 2012 albums by Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Madonna, Mika, Selena Gomez & The Scene, Chris Brown and Little Mix.

In 2013, Renea was featured in B.o.B's song "John Doe" from his album Underground Luxury. In 2014 she also contributed to Fifth Harmony's debut album Reflection by co-writing the song "Worth It" which is the third single from the album.[11]

Renea appeared as the vocalist on the 2015 single "Be Right There" by Diplo and Sleepy Tom. The track was given 'the hottest record in the world' title on the Annie Mac BBC Radio 1 Friday night show. The lyrics in "Be Right There" were taken from the 1992 single "Dont Walk Away" by Jade.

The song "Somethin' Bad," which Renea co-wrote with Chris DeStefano and Brett James, was chosen by NBC Sports to replace "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett as the opening theme for its National Football League coverage beginning in 2016. Like Jett's song, "Somethin' Bad" was reworked to fit the broadcast's narrative as "Oh, Sunday Night" and will be performed by Carrie Underwood, who recorded the original with Miranda Lambert.[12]

In 2017, Renea featured in Train's song "Loverman", which is on their album A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat.

On April 6, 2018, Renea released "Gentle Hands" and "Heavenly", the first two singles from her forthcoming album, Coloured. Music videos for both singles premiered online via Paper Magazine.[13] The album was released on June 22, 2018, marking nine years since her debut.[14]

Muni Long[edit]

Renea, working under the Muni Long pseudonym as of 2019, released the song "Midnight Snack" with an accompanying video, featuring Jacob Latimore in October 2020.[15] She also co-wrote Ariana Grande's "Just like Magic" and "Six Thirty". Stating Long is the "protector of Priscilla", Long released her single titled "Build A Bae" featuring rapper Yung Bleu in December 2020, her 4th single release since October 2. She previously released her debut EP Black Like This, which "celebrates Blackness", on November 13 under her co-founded label imprint, Supergiant Records.[16]

According to Vogue, Long reflects "her new strong, fabulous persona through fashion" as well as music, creating a new "fashion identity" with the help of celebrity stylist Jason Rembert. Discussing the notion of being a Black role model, she stated: "how you're introduced to someone is the way they will remember you, unless you are reintroduced," following up with: "I'm in the reintroduction process."[16]

Personal life[edit]

Renea has lived in Atlanta and subsequently LA since leaving Florida.[17][18] She has been diagnosed with lupus. She has cited bankruptcy, litigation, battles with former management, plus the "whirlwind of being dropped, re-signed then dropped again from a label" as creative catalysts for her work.[19][20][21]

Her song "Family Tree" was inspired by the time she was "kicked out of her family's home as a teenager".[22]

She attended Vero Beach High School, the same high school as Jake Owen.[23]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, certifications, and sales
Title Album details
Jukebox
Coloured

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US
R&B

Hot Dance Club Songs
Heatseekers
"Dollhouse" 2009 31 11 Jukebox
"Lovesick"
"Gentle Hands" 2018 Coloured
"Heavenly"
"Family Tree"

Writing discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Details
2008 Girlicious Girlicious Co-writer ("Here I Am")
2009 Priscilla Renea Hello My Apple EP Main Writer
Jukebox
Cheryl 3 Words Co-writer, Backing Vocals ("Happy Hour")
2010 Messy Little Raindrops Co-writer, Backing Vocals ("Promise This", "Hummingbird", "Raindrops", "The Flood")
Rihanna Loud Co-writer, Backing Vocals ("California King Bed")
2011 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. Co-writer ("Beg For It")
Big Sean Finally Famous Backing Vocals ("My Last", "What Goes Around")
Selena Gomez & The Scene When the Sun Goes Down Co-writer, Vocal, Producer, Backing Vocals ("Who Says", "Bang Bang Bang")
Kelly Rowland Here I Am Co-writer ("Work It Man", "Turn It Up")
Greyson Chance Hold On 'til the Night Co-writer ("Stranded")
Demi Lovato Unbroken Co-writer ("Fix a Heart", "Yes I Am")
Cher Lloyd Sticks and Stones Co-writer ("Superhero")
Rihanna Talk That Talk Co-writer ("Watch n' Learn")
Mary J. Blige My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) Co-writer ("Don't Mind")
Yelawolf Radioactive Co-writer, Backing Vocals ("Made in the U.S.A")
Six D (N/A) Co-writer ("Best Damn Night")
2012 Madonna MDNA Co-writer ("Gang Bang", "Love Spent")
Chris Brown Fortune Co-writer, Additional Vocals ("Don't Wake Me Up")
Mika The Origin of Love Co-writer, Featured Vocalist ("Popular Song")
Bridgit Mendler Hello My Name Is... Co-writer ("All I See Is Gold", "5:15")
Girls' Generation Girls' Generation II: Girls & Peace Co-writer ("I'm A Diamond")
Little Mix DNA Co-writer ("Turn Your Face")
Sabi All I Want Co-writer ("Where They Do That At?")
2013 Demi Lovato Demi Co-writer ("In Case")
K. Michelle Rebellious Soul Main Writer ("V.S.O.P.")
Tamar Braxton Love and War Co-writer ("Tip Toe")
The Saturdays Living For the Weekend Main Writer ("Gentleman", "Lease My Love")
Pitbull Meltdown Co-writer ("Timber")
B.o.B Underground Luxury Co-writer, Featured Vocalist ("John Doe")
Chrisette Michele Better Co-writer ("Snow")
2014 Miranda Lambert Platinum Co-writer ("Somethin' Bad")
FEMM (duo) Femm-Isation Co-writer, Co-Producer ("Whiplash")
Mary J. Blige Think Like a Man Too (soundtrack) Co-writer ("Wonderful")
2015 Fifth Harmony Reflection Co-writer ("Worth It", "Going Nowhere")
Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity Co-writer ("Infinity")
Monica Code Red Co-writer ("I Miss Music")
Currensy Canal Street Confidential Co-writer ("Bottom of the Bottle")
Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind Co-writer ("River")
2016 K. Michelle More Issues Than Vogue Main Writer ("Time", "Rich", "All I Got", "Memphis")
Fifth Harmony 7/27 Co-writer ("Write on Me", "Squeeze")
Nick Jonas Last Year Was Complicated Co-writer ("Touch", "Bacon")
Sabrina Carpenter Evolution Co-writer ("Thumbs")
Meek Mill, Pusha T The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired By Album Co-writer ("Black Moses")
Fantasia The Definition Of... Co-writer ("When I Met You")
2017 Brooke Candy, Sia Daddy Issues Co-writer ("Living Out Loud")
Kelly Clarkson Meaning of Life Co-writer ("Love So Soft")
ZZ Ward The Storm Co-writer ("Help Me Mama")
Train A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat Co-writer ("Drink Up (song)"), ("Crazy Queen") Co-Writer, Featured Vocalist ("Loverman")
K. Michelle Kimberly: The People I Used to Know Co-writer ("Brain on Love")
Tamar Braxton Bluebird of Happiness Co-writer ("Heart in My Hands")
Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman Co-writer ("It's Me")
2018 Mariah Carey Caution Co-writer ("A No No")
Priscilla Renea Coloured (album) Main Writer (All Tracks), Producer ("You Shaped Box", "If I Ever Loved You", "Let's Build a House")
Ariana Grande thank u, next Co-writer ("imagine")
2019 Co-writer ("fake smile")
2020 Positions Co-writer ("just like magic", "six thirty")
2021 Florida Georgia Line Life Rolls On Main Writer ("New Truck")

References[edit]

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