Singer-songwriter Muni Long, once known as Priscilla Renea, is the writer behind a bevy of chart-topping songs for other artists like “Timber” by Pitbull and Kesha, “Somethin’ Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood and “California King Bed” by Rihanna. She’s made a career of sowing songs into other singers, but one day, while humming around in her kitchen, she stumbled upon the song that would grant her the shine she’s long deserved as a singer with her viral sensation, “Hrs & Hrs.” Now the music starlet is taking the industry by storm with no end in sight.  

Long sat down with Blavity to discuss her viral success and unexpected rise to music’s frontlines.