ESSENCE.com’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week we meet singer/ songwriter Polly A.

A seasoned writer in her own right, Polly A. has penned songs for the likes of Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield and, most recently, J. Cole (‘Crooked Smile”). The Milwaukee-bred, New York City-based singer is gearing up for her debut EP, Ghetto Gold Dream (out in early 2014). Listen in and let us know what you think of Polly A.