She is Rhea, and she is now part of N.E.R.D. Lucky skank.
MTV News reports that the “Everyone Nose” are adding singer Rhea to the line-up. She’ll first appear on the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, titled “Instant Gratification,” set to be released in 2010. The Toronto raised singer of Guyanese descent, introduced to the group by a mutual friend, auditioned via Skype with a rendition of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” She soon found herself joining the trio, composed of Neptunes producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, and Shae.The 5″4′ beauty has already started performing with the group. They debuted new songs from their upcoming album at a Miami Beach performance over the weekend. The material doesn’t find them going anywhere near B.E.P.-style radio friendly territory. “The music is very three-dimensional. We’re just really excited,” Pharrell told MTV News. “We feel like N.E.R.D. has always been the punks of hip-hop and the outcasts of alternative music, just a little different. But this time, we’re taking no prisoners.”