Another Real Housewife is hitting the recording studio.
Danielle Staub, New Jersey‘s rabblerousing star, is following in the footsteps of Atlanta‘s Kim Zolciak and New York City‘s LuAnn de Lesseps by entering the world of pop music. In fact, Staub is currently recording a duet – a first for a Housewives star – called “Real Close” with singer Lori Michaels, who wrote the track.
“It’s a song about having commitment issues – one person is leaving, the other person is staying,” Staub tells PEOPLE. “It’s called ‘Real Close’ because you want to pull the person closer.”
Staub says there will be five versions of the song, which will be released in about eight weeks. “For the main version, the vibe is very sexy, very raw,” she says. “There’s going to be a dance mix, but the main version won’t be dance.”
But can she sing? “I sang in an R&B band when I was a young teen,” Staub says. “It’s been a long time since I exercised my musical chops but when I was sitting down going over Lori’s music, this song grabbed me.”
Staub, who met Michaels last year at a New York Gay Pride event, says they plan on doing future projects together, including a music video for the song.
Working in the recording studio with Michaels, who’s openly gay, has been both easy and comfortable for Staub. “I’ve been part of the gay community for thirty years,” she explains. “The gay community is the one place, in all honestly, that I’ve ever truly felt safe and loved for just being me. Nobody ever cared where I’ve been, what I’ve done. They just let me be me.”
As for her Real Housewives costars, “I don’t care what they think,” she says of their reaction to her move to become a recording artist. “I don’t have a relationship with them.” –David Caplan