[SONG OF THE DAY] Christinna O - "Lay It Down"

Photo Credit: Shabnam Ferdows

Photo Credit: Shabnam Ferdows

Philly-based poet-turned-singer Christinna O has shared the second offering from her upcoming EP, Girl In Passing. “Lay It Down” is about intimacy. Speaking on the song, she explained, “It's a choice and a permission, to let someone else know that they are welcome and they are the one I’m ready to lay down my burdens with. To feel valid in my vulnerability but ultimately, love." The song follows her debut single, “Shelter”, which focused on the complicated pain of a passion of love being taken for granted.

A rare queer voice in R&B, the 19-year-old is also a rising spoken-word poet who's competed in the NAACP's national slam poetry competition and leads Temple University’s poetry collective Babel, a tight-knit group of poets, rappers and musicians at the school where she’s a sophomore.

Girl In Passing is due this spring.