Nija Charles

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Nija Charles
Born (1997-10-20) October 20, 1997 (age 23)
Union, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active2017–present[1]
LabelsUniversal Music Publishing Group

Nija Charles, professionally known as Nija (born October 20, 1997) is an American songwriter and record producer.[2] Charles began her professional music career in 2017 writing songs for Beyoncé and Jay-Z ("Heard About Us" and "LoveHappy"); Cardi B featuring SZA ("I Do"); Cardi B featuring Kehlani ("Ring"); Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande ("Rain on Me"); and Chris Brown featuring Drake ("No Guidance"). She is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group.[3]


Charles gained interest in music as a child, observing her uncle and aunt experiment on the production software Fruity Loops. In 2016, she enrolled in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University where she practiced her production and songwriting skills. During the second semester of her sophomore year, Charles met her current 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 artists and repertoires in the recording industry. Charles continued traveling between Los Angeles and New York City for short bi-weekly trips, allowing her to work on music in Los Angeles while still attending classes in New York City. Charles left Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in 2017 after signing a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. As a songwriter and producer, Charles' songs have reached platinum status, having written and produced for Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Cardi B, SZA, Kehlani, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Jason Derulo.[4] Charles was placed on BET's 2020 "Future 40" list, which is a list of "40 of the most inspiring and innovative vanguards who are redefining what it means to be unapologetically young, gifted & black".[5] She was named to Rolling Stone's "Future 25" in October, 2020.[6]

Songwriting discography[edit]

Year Artist(s) Song Album Ref.
2017 Kid Ink "F with U (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)" 7 Series (EP)
Lecrae "Lucked Up (featuring Nija)" All Things Work Together
Chris Brown "Pull Up" Heartbreak on a Full Moon
Flo Rida "Hola (featuring Maluma)" FR5*
Lyrica Anderson "Don't Take It Personal" Adia
"Mind Fucked"
"Late Night"
Daniel Skye "Stuck On You (featuring PnB Rock)" -
2018 Jason Derulo "Colors (The Official 2018 Coca-Cola Fifa World Cup Song)" - [7]
Cardi B "Ring (featuring Kehlani)" Invasion of Privacy
"I Do (featuring SZA)"
Tone Stith "Light Flex (featuring 2 Chainz)" Uncle Drew (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Carters "Heard About Us" Everything Is Love
Christian Lalama "Tic Toc" -
Kid Ink "Cana (featuring 24 Hrs)" -
Bia "Blue Bank" Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado - EP
"Vibes On Me (featuring Kodak Black)"
"Drown In My Cup"
Kodie Shane "Hiatus" Young HeartThrob
Meek Mill "Uptown Vibes (featuring Fabolous & Anuel AA)" Championships
"On Me (featuring Cardi B)"
"24/7 (featuring Ella Mai)"
21 Savage "A&T (featuring City Girls)" I Am > I Was
2019 Sean Paul "Shot & Wine (featuring Stefflon Don)" - [7]
Eric Bellinger "Type A Way (featuring Chris Brown & OG Parker)" The Rebirth 2
ELHAE "Sanctuary (featuring Big Krit) Trouble In Paradise
Loren Gray "Options" - [7]
PnB Rock "How It Feels" TrapStar Turnt PopStar
DJ Khaled "Celebrate (featuring Travis Scott & Post Malone)" Father of Asahd
Anitta with Major Lazer "Make It Hot" Music Is the Weapon
Chris Brown "No Guidance (featuring Drake)" Indigo
"Emerald/Burgundy (featuring Juvenile & Juicy J)"
"Early 2k (featuring Tank)"
Mustard "Surface (featuring Ella Mai & Ty Dolla Sign)" Perfect Ten
Beyoncé "Water (featuring Salatiel & Pharrell)" The Lion King: The Gift
"My Power (featuring Nija, Tierra Whack & Moonchild Sanelly)"
Summer Walker "Come Thru (featuring Usher)" Over It
"Like It (featuring 6lack)"
"Something Real (featuring Chris Brown & London on da Track)" TBA
Jacquees "Out The Ordinary" King of R&B
"New New"
Jason Derulo "Be the One" 2Sides (Side 1) [7]
Davido "D&G (featuring Summer Walker)" A Good Time
2020 Sean Paul "Calling on Me (featuring Tove Lo)" TBA [7]
A Boogie wit da Hoodie "Calm Down (Bittersweet)" (featuring Summer Walker) Artist 2.0
Megan Thee Stallion "Hit My Phone (featuring Kehlani)" Suga
Dvsn "Keep It Going" A Muse In Her Feelings
Trey Songz "Back Home (featuring Summer Walker)" Back Home
Kehlani "F&MU" It Was Good Until It Wasn't [7]
"Can You Blame Me (featuring Lucky Daye)"
"Open (Passionate)"
Chris Brown & Young Thug "She Bumped Her Head (featuring Gunna)" Slime & B
"Big Slimes (featuring Gunna & Lil Duke)"
"I Ain't Tryin"
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande "Rain on Me" Chromatica [7]
Teyana Taylor "69" The Album
"Bare Wit Me" [7]
"Try Again"
Chloe x Halle "Intro" Ungodly Hour
"Forgive Me"
H.E.R. "Do To Me" TBA
Maroon 5 "Nobody's Love" TBA
Ariana Grande "Motive (featuring Doja Cat)" Positions
Ty Dolla $ign "Time Will Tell" Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Wizkid "Piece of Me (featuring Ella Mai" Made In Lagos
Mulatto "Sex Lies (featuring Lil Baby)" Queen of Da Souf
2021 ZAYN "Vibez" Nobody Is Listening


  1. ^ "Songwriter Nija Discusses Her Experience Penning The Hooks On Cardi B's "I Do" & "Ring"". Genius. May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Nija Charles". Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Universal Music Publishing Group signs Nija to global publishing deal". UMPG. July 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Nija Biography". Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). August 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "BET DIGITAL CELEBRATES BLACK EXCELLENCE WITH NEW ORIGINAL EDITORIAL SERIES". Chicago Defender. 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  6. ^ Leight, Elias (2020-10-29). "Hit Songwriter Nija Charles -- Future 25". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nija Charles". AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2020.

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