You could call it a coming-of-age moment…

While working on her 2017 full-length debut Ultraviolet [Roc Nation/Republic Records], singer and songwriter Justine Skye underwent a life-changing personal and professional transformation.

“Throughout this process, I found the woman who I want to be,” she admits. “I’ve realized this is a girl who’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind. The relationships I’ve been through and my experiences have shaped the sound. Ultraviolet isn’t about a color; it’s about a feeling. For me, it’s being a confident woman. I’ve been working on becoming who I am today since I started making music. However, this is really the beginning for me.”

Since 2014, she has quietly built a formidable foundation for this progression. Produced exclusively by GRAMMY® Award-winning visionary The Dream, her 2016 EP 8 Ounces earned praise from the likes of Billboard, The Fader, Genius, and more as Wonderland Magazine proclaimed her a “musical prodigy on the rise.” Throughout 2017, she began assembling what would become Ultraviolet inside intimate New York and Los Angeles studios with just a handful of collaborators.

“We kept the sessions close,” she recalls. “There would only be like four people in the studio at a time. It was about really tapping into this energy.”

She introduced Ultraviolet with the slick and swaggering single “Back for More” [feat. Jeremih]. Produced by Hit-Maker and AyoNKeyz, an island-kissed beat gives way to Justine’s focused and fiery cadence as she trades lines with the Chicago R&B titan. It’s locked and loaded with sass, style, and spirit. Upon release, “Back For More” cracked 1.3 million Spotify streams and landed on popular playlists such as “The Newness” and “Bedroom Jams” over the course of just a couple months.

Ultraviolet kicks off with the snappy “Wasteland,” which sees Justine stretch her range from rap-inspired delivery on the verse to a hyper-charged crescendo on the chorus. Meanwhile, she teams with PARTYNEXTDOOR for the smoky and sexy “Good Love” and the trapped-out future soul of “You Got Me.” Then, there’s “Best For Last,” which concludes with a powerhouse performance. Ultimately, all ten tracks brightly illuminate her evolution.

“I really developed what I do as an artist,” she goes on. “I’m singing in more of a rap-style tone. This is the sound of extreme confidence. An Ultraviolet girl knows what she wants and goes for it.”

That extends beyond music. Justine’s sphere of influence dramatically expands yet again in 2017 as she became an ambassador for  Puma, was featured in Forbes’ highly coveted “30 under 30” list and landed her first lead in a feature film, the indie coming-of-age drama GREEN DOLPHIN.  At the same time, Ultraviolet is the perfect way to get to know her.

“When you listen to this album, I want you to feel that adventurousness,” she leaves off. “I’ve become way more outspoken. I’m more confident. I want everyone to feel like I’m saying the things they want to say, but can’t. I want you to feel like you can express every emotion when you hear me.”