Sabi ‘Grinding’ Out Debut Album

'It's been great. This is my first album so it's nerve-racking,' singer tells MTV News from backstage on the Femme Fatale Tour.

[artist id="3952021"]Sabi[/artist] has been putting the work in for some time now. She first burst onto the scene as one-half of the girl duo the Bangz. After the group disbanded a few years back, Sabi began to pursue a solo career and caught the attention of some major artists.

She’s already been featured on tracks by artists like New Boyz, Cobra Starship (on their song “You Make Me Feel”) and Britney Spears (on her track “[Drop Dead] Beautiful”) , and she’s currently in the studio hard at work on her long-simmering solo LP, working with everyone from Benny Blanco and Diplo to the Cataracs, to name a few.

“It’s been great. This is my first album so it’s nerve-racking,” she told MTV News backstage on the Femme Fatale Tour . “It’s exciting. We’re still working on it and I can’t wait to get it finished and share it with everyone. So we’re just still in the process, the grinding process of getting stuff out.”

Sabi teased fans with her just-released track “Wild Heart.” The Dream Machine-produced track is a club banger and pop fans are feeling the new discovery. “The response has been pretty good,” she said. “I hope that people like my music, but I like it, so that’s all I care about,” she laughed.

With so much buzz building around the young star, she’s aiming for an early 2012 album release date. “We’re still trying to figure it out, but it’s feeling like at the rate we’re going, top of the year,” she said, adding that she hopes her features have given her enough shine to launch her to the next level once the album drops.

“I kind of wanted to get out there and a do a little bit of the footwork and introduce myself slowly instead of ‘I’m here!’ ” she said. “And now, when I’m ready for a single that’s like ‘I’m here,’ people aren’t like, ‘Who?’ That’s what I’m hoping.”