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Skylar Grey

If you look back on the past couple years of hip hop hits, you’ll hear one very familiar voice.  A voice that is so intensely mesmerizing that it’s almost always guaranteed a hit song.  That voice belongs to Skylar Grey (formerly ‘Holly Brook’).  She has managed to write and sing some of the biggest hits of the past few years, while still remaining virtually unknown among the mainstream.  Below, I have highlights of the past few years of her career:

2004 – Skyler (age 18) moves to L.A., records a demo for Brad Delson‘s record label (guitarist for Linkin Park).  Shortly after that, she was asked to sing the hook on Fort Minor‘s hit single ‘Where’d You Go?” which was released in 2006; #2 on Billboard Hot 100 and Pop 100.

  • Where'd You Go - Single - Fort Minor
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    [youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk5jIDzWv_s[/youtube]

2006 to 2008 – She releases her own album and tours as the opening act for: Duncan Sheik, KD Lang, Teddy Geiger, Daniel Powter and Jamie Cullum.

2009 to Now – She writes ‘Castle Walls’ for T.I. (featuring Christina Aguilera).

  • Castle Walls (feat. Christina Aguilera) - No Mercy (Deluxe Version)
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    [youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW4oRyS68Uk[/youtube]

She co-writes ‘Coming Home’ with Jay-Z and J. Cole. The track ultimately becomes a mega hit for Diddy-Dirty Money.  (#1 UK R&B charts; #4 UK Singles charts; #12 Billboard Hot 100)

  • Coming Home - Last Train to Paris (Deluxe Version)
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    [youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ImCpNqbJw[/youtube]

More after the break.

She writes the chorus for Eminem‘s ‘Love The Way You Lie’ and co-writes all three versions of the track with Eminem, Producer Alex Da Kid and songwriter ‘Girl Wonder'(Makeba Riddick).  She earns a ‘Record of the Year’ Grammy nomination.  (#1 Billboard Pop Songs; #1 Billboard Hot 100)

  • Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) - Recovery (Deluxe Edition)
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    [youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U[/youtube]

She sings the hook for Eminem and Dre‘s ‘I Need A Doctor’. (#4 Billboard Hot 100)

  • I Need a Doctor (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey) - I Need a Doctor (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey) - Single
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    [youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA770wpLX-Q[/youtube]

She earns a writing credit for Lupe Fiasco‘s track ‘Words I Never Said’ and ends up singing the hook.

  • Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Grey) - Lasers (Deluxe Version)
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    [youtube width=”425″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pT66VLxggM[/youtube]

I love discovering new artists like this.  In only a few short years, she’s managed to land more hits than most artists will ever see over the duration of their entire careers!  Keep an eye on Skyler Grey.  It’s definitely looking like this young star won’t burn out anytime soon.