The Queens-born songstress has reached an agreement with Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis and his Wonda Music imprint and plans on dropping her sophomore album, Show the World, later this year.
“Their music will tell a story that has been fine-tuned through the years; a story of struggle, dedication and extremely hard work,” a rep for Dollaz Unlimited, who handles Olivia’s management, said in a statement obtained by AllHipHop.
A highly-respected figure in the music industry, Jerry Wonda achieved his first major success as a producer working alongside his cousin Wyclef Jean on The Fugees‘ seminal 1996 album The Score. The duo would also find tremendous success producing smash singles for artists including Destiny’s Child (“No, No, No (Part 2)“), Shakira (“Hips Don’t Lie“) and Carlos Santana (“Maria, Maria“). On his own, Wonda has worked with Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Lupe Fiasco and many others.
Currently a star of VH1’s hit reality series Love & Hip-Hop, Olivia’s music career spans over a decade. She became the first artist signed to Clive Davis‘ J Records in 2000, and had a three-year stint on G-Unit Records shortly thereafter. Her career path has been a bumpy one since leaving the house that 50 built, but she never stopped looking for the right label situation.
Olivia hopes that Wonda Music is home she’s been searching for, but her management seems to have no doubts, saying in their statement:
“A combination of Wonda so grounded and Olivia’s determination, there will be nothing but amazing successes.”