Singer/songwriter BC Jean, who co-wrote Beyonce's hit single "If I Were a Boy," has signed to J Records. The 21-year-old San Diego native is currently recording her solo debut, slated for release at the end of 2009.

Jean is working on new material in New York and Los Angeles with an impressive set of collaborators, including songwriter Dallas Austin, production team The Matrix, and Toby Gad, who also co-wrote "If I Were a Boy".

"You eagerly wait for a multi-talented new artist to come along like BC Jean," said Clive Davis, Sony Music Entertainment's COO. "We're all really delighted that BC has chosen us as her musical home."