Classically trained singer Rhea auditioned for the band over the internet

N.E.R.D, the group fronted by Pharrell Williams, have added a new member to their line-up.

Rhea, a classically trained singer from Toronto, Canada, has joined the band to work on their next album and will also play at future live shows.

“Musically, we’re just somewhere else [with her],” Williams told MTV News “The music is now very 3D. It’s something you have to hear. But you’ll see.”

The band who are currently working on the follow-up to 2008’s album ‘Seeing Sounds’, also revealed a little more about the music on the new record.

“The music is very three-dimensional,” Williams explained. “We’re just really excited. We feel like N.E.R.D have always been the punks of hip-hop and the outcasts of alternative music — just a little different. But this time, we’re taking no prisoners.” He added.

N.E.R.D are set to release their fourth album ‘Instant Gratification’ in 2010.