N.E.R.D., a group often known as Pharrell Williams’ side project, has made a change. The group has decided to add a female vocalist and her name is Rhea.

Now you have this little Tinkerbell that’s just stepped in and has been amazing,Williams said of the new member, according to MTV [click here].
He added that she brings a different element to the table.

It’s made it a fun process. We can go in so many more directions, because we have the vocal support,” he added.

N.E.R.D.’s next album, Instant Gratification, will be the first one to showcase the group with Rhea.

She auditioned for N.E.R.D. through Skype, singing a rendition of “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”

Presently, N.E.R.D. is set to take off on The Blueprint 3 Tour with Jay-Z. The dates and locations for that tour are below, according to LiveDaily.com [click here].

October 2009
9 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
10 – Highland Heights, KY – Bank of Kentucky Center
13 – Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
14 – Calgary, Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
15 – Kelowna, British Columbia – Prospera Place
16 – Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors Place
17 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
21 – Ypsilanti, MI – Convocation Center at Eastern Michigan University
23 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
24 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
25 – Amherst, MA – Mullins Center
27 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
28 – Columbus, OH – Value City Arena
29 – London, Ontario – John Labatt Centre
30 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
31 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

November 2009
1 – Ottawa, Ontario – Scotiabank Place
7 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
12 – Champaign, IL – University of Illinois – Assembly Hall
19 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
20 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
21 – Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
22 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center Arena