You could say Polly A possesses more than one musical personality. The Milwaukee-bred & Harlem-based songstress zig-zags between R&B, reggae, alternative, & hip-hop with equal parts grace & gusto on her debut EP, ‘Ghetto Gold Dream‘ (222 Records/Interscope Records).
Growing up to the sounds of Bob Marley & Yellowman on mom’s stereo, Polly A—aka Meleni Smith—discovered her voice in a third grade music class. She’d spend high school performing in local productions and even with the Florentine Opera Company. Moving to New York City, the budding artist enrolled in Columbia University and began seriously recording (and hustling).
Columbia Records offered a record deal. Even though her project never saw the light of day, Polly A began placing songs with some of music’s biggest names after amicably splitting with the label. Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez, Natasha Bedingfield, & more would record her music, and she co-wrote the gold-certified “Crooked Smile” with J. Cole, earning a nomination for “Record of the Year” at the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards. However, she still felt a void.
Immersing herself in music, she began to craft a hybridization of her inspirations over the course of penning countless songs. Soon, Polly A emerged with an unpredictable & undeniable style of her own reflecting everything from punchy lyrical poetry to an island swagger. Fierce, fiery, & fearless, this musical voodoo caught the attention of Adam Levine’s 222 Records with whom she signed in 2015.