KERI HILSON

 

 

Keri Hilson, recently named the new face of Avon’s Imari beauty scent released her RIAA Gold Certified debut album “In A Perfect World…” early last year. Spawning numerous #1 hits “Turning Me On” ft. Lil’Wayne and “Knock You Down” ft. Kanye West & Ne-Yo, the singer scored critical notoriety winning Best New Artists awards and nominations from The Grammy’s, The American Music Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MOBO Awards and Soul Train Awards. Previously the Atlanta native appeared on MTV VMA’s, Teen Choice Awards and Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in part to the global #1 hit “The Way I Are” with mentor and super-producer Timbaland.

 

Before she could utilize her talents for her own solo endeavors, R&B singer, vocal arranger, and songwriter Keri Hilson wrote a slew of songs, many of them chart-toppers, for several popular artists in the mid-2000s as part of the five-person production/songwriting team known as the Clutch. The dynamic songwriter was born in Decatur, GA, only a few miles outside of Atlanta. Addicted to TV talent shows like Star Search and Showtime at the Apollo, she was already plotting out her career in music at age 12. Even though her mother hired a piano teacher to encourage those talents, she mainly wanted to sing; therefore, Hilson converted those sessions into vocal lessons, accompanying the teacher on piano. In her mid- to late teens, she jump-started her career as a songwriter and background vocalist, working under producer Anthony Dent (Destiny's Child, Diddy). Born out of that relationship were two failed girl groups (named Pretty Toni and D'Sign) and, more importantly, a host of connections within the industry for whom she wrote or did backup vocals, including Usher, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, and up-and-coming Southern rap producer Polow da Don. After Hilson graduated from high school, she managed to continue juggling all these tasks when she enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta. She eventually moved on from Dent and began working more with Polow da Don. Attending school while actively advancing her music career put a great demand on her, especially from being a member of the extremely versatile Clutch team. But as luck would have it, Polow introduced her to superproducer Timbaland, who wasted no time in signing the multi-talented songbird to his growing Mosley Music imprint in 2006.

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Over the next couple years, Hilson's songwriting was practically ubiquitous, responsible for numerous hit singles, including Mary J. Blige's "Take Me as I Am," Omarion's "Ice Box," the Pussycat Dolls' "Wait a Minute," and Britney Spears' "Gimme More." She was also featured prominently on Timbaland Presents Shock Value, including the number three Billboard Hot 100 hit "The Way I Are." With Timbaland and Polow in her corner, Hilson relied on the vast pool of recording artists and producers who needed (and wanted) to return the favor for her Mosley Music/Interscope debut. After a couple pre-release singles and numerous delays, In a Perfect World... was issued in March 2009, shortly after one of its tracks, "Turnin' Me On," had reached the Top 20 of the Hot 100. The album eventually reached gold status, selling over 500,000 copies, and earned Hilson a pair of Grammy nominations. She made another string of guest appearances -- on Nas' "Hero," Trina's "Million Dollar Girl," and T.I.'s "Got Your Back," to name only a few of many -- prior to issuing her second album, No Boys Allowed, before the end of 2010. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Bio's .

Keri Lynn Hilson, born Oct. 27, 1982 in the Atlanta, Georgia area, is an American R&B singer-songwriter. She has written songs for a large number of other artists, including Toni Braxton, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Ciara, Avant, Ruben Studdard, Kelly Rowland, Keke Palmer and Omarion. She's also part of a five-person group of writers and producers known as The Clutch.


Early Life:
Keri was born and raised in the Decatur, Georgia area, a few miles outside of Atlanta. She grew up watching TV talent shows like "Star Search" and "Showtime at the Apollo." She's said that by the age of 12 she was already plotting a music career. As a girl she took piano and vocal lessons. In her mid-to-late teens, her career jumped off as a songwriter and background vocalist, working under producer Anthony Dent. After trying and failing with two girl groups, Pretty Toni and D'Sign, she enrolled into Emory University in Atlanta while still pursing a music career.


Behind the Scenes:
Keri has been writing music for other artists since 2001. She also made a name for herself as a song arranger and has sung background vocals on many of the songs she's written. She remained mostly behind the scenes until 2004, when she was featured on the single "Hey Now (Mean Muggin')" by the rapper Xzibit. She made her performing debut at the 2004 MTV Europe Awards in which she performed the song live with Xzibit. She was eventually signed by producer Timbaland in 2006 and in 2007 was a featured performer on his Shock Value album. She was featured on the songs "The Way I Are," "Scream" and "Miscommunication."


Push Backs:
Also in 2007, Keri was featured on albums by Britney Spears, the rapper Rich Boy and others. After working on her debut album, In A Perfect World ... , off and on since 2006, it was originally for release in 2007, then in mid-2008. The album's first single "Energy," was released July 14, 2008. However, the single did not do well on the charts and the album was pushed back to the fall. A second single, "Return The Favor," also did not do well. The poor performance of the two songs, coupled with record label budget cuts resulted in In a Perfect World ... , being pushed back multiple times and completely out of 2008.


In a Perfect World ... :
In a Perfect World ... was finally released in the U.S. on March 24, 2009, and to date has had one very successful single, "Turnin' Me On," which features the rapper Lil' Wayne. A remix of the song caused controvery in the weeks leading up to the album. Some people though that some of the lyrics, such as "I shot the sheriff but wait till I shoot the b*tches down," were meant as disses at Beyonce, Ciara and Keyshia Cole. Keri, however denied this. A fourth single, "Knock You Down," featuring Ne-Yo and Kanye West, dropped after the album was released and became a radio hit.


The Final Word:
"It's my way of saying nothing in the world is perfect and no person in it is, either. None of us is exempt from certain hardships and heartbreaks. It was really important for me to write songs that women can relate to from real situations. I didn’t want to do an album that painted myself as perfect because no matter how things look, no one is." -- Keri Hilson to MTV.com in July 2007, explaining the title of her debut album.

 

 

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