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  • Born

    6 August 2002 (age 21)

  • Born In

    Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States

American singer and songwriter from New Jersey. Barrett rose to prominence on the video-sharing app TikTok in 2019, though she has since transitioned into making music. Barrett began her music career in mid-2020 with the release of her debut single "Pain". Barrett is expected to release her debut EP Pretty Poison in late 2021.

In 2019, Barrett joined the social media platform TikTok. Despite transitioning into music, Barrett has accumulated over 16 million followers on the platform as of July 2021. Moreover, Barrett has garnered over 184 million likes on the platform and has had singles "Pain" and "La Di Die", featuring jxdn, used by over 89 and 75 thousand videos respectively.

Barrett began her music career in July 2020, when she released her piano-based ballad debut single "Pain". Barrett's debut single was released shortly after signing with Warner Records, the label reaching out and eventually signing her after discovering clips of her singing on TikTok. Barrett continued her music career, intended to embody a "punk, dark rock kind of vibe", with the release of her dramatic second single and romantic-revenge anthem "If U Love Me" in October 2020. Barrett shortly followed the release of her second single with a dark interpretation of Santa Baby, released in December 2020. In February 2021, Barrett released the dark anthem "La Di Die", which explores the downfalls of fame with fellow alt-pop artist Jxdn, produced by Travis Barker. Barrett and collaborator Jxdn, along with Barker, performed the single live for the first time on the April 7, 2021 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed the song again on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 12, 2021.

On June 25, 2021, Barrett released "Counting Crimes", a song said by Barrett to be "about moving on from something toxic with an empowering bad bitch energy. Admitting that you have made mistakes, but the other person has done worse than you and understanding who really is the bad guy in the situation." Barrett confirmed on the Zach Sang Show in July 2021 that her debut EP is titled Pretty Poison. The EP is seven tracks and was released in Fall 2021.

Singer-songwriter Nessa Barrett's Warner Records debut album, young forever, features edgy, gothic pop grounded in stories about heartache, mental health, and accountability. Writing and singing have always been the saving grace that helped Barrett feel less alone in the world and less alone with her thoughts as she battled demons from her past and mental health struggles, including borderline personality disorder and an eating disorder.

With young forever, Barrett embraces her internal and external conflicts, takes bleak thoughts, and expresses them bravely. "I like the darkness in things," she says. "I talk about a lot of things my generation is struggling with on this album." From the moody single "tired of california," where Barrett muses on the lack of authenticity in the City of Angels, to the psychological thriller-themed "madhouse," which deliciously weaves synth with Barrett's manic melody, to the acoustic "lovebomb," which finds Barrett singing about her struggles with BPD, young forever, is a dynamic debut rooted in reflection and raw emotions.

Punctuated by her grit-glam marvel, Barrett's music has intrinsically always been about empowering people who feel isolated. "Growing up, I was very ashamed of my struggles, so the second I got a platform, I knew what I had to do with it because I didn't want anyone to feel the way I felt - alone." With young forever, Barrett has crafted something truly special.

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