Without Skylar Grey would be the last year the music much more miserable because been to quite a few hits Poorer: The gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was co-authored responsibilities include Eminem's' Love The Way You Lie " (for the Grey same got two Grammy nominations, including in the "Song of the Year"), fOr "I Need A Doctor" from Dr. Dre (Which they then also at this year's Grammy Awards together with Dre and Eminem live allowed presented) fOr "Coming Home" by Diddy-Dirty Money (Which they share with Mr. Combs and Co. in "American Idol" introduced) and fOr Lupe Fiascos "Words I Never Said" and "Castle Walls" from T.I. - Not difficult to recognize, has this young lady for months a regular place in the international airplay and sales charts.
The fact that "Love The Way You Lie" - A track for which Grey the of Rihanna eingesungenen Refrain wrote - has sold worldwide 10 million times as download and the song spent seven weeks at the top of the US charts, interprets the 25-year-old as a clear sign: "By this I know that people feel, want to hear more passionate in music; that's the sound that wants to hear the whole world, "she says. "I want to change something, bring a revolution in motion, for me and other artists are fighting for, that finally have in the pop world and real feelings and vulnerability a place. Because frankly, I find that these are two things that have come too short in the last few years. "
This fall, Skylar Grey the mentioned Revolution unleash if they bear "Invinsible" her solo debut was released in which she shared with the British songwriter and producer Alex Da Kid (Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., U2) has received. Grey had a production deal some time ago in Alex Da Kid and whose company KIDinaKORNER signed, and the Briton was also of them with Eminem, Rihanna, Dr. Dre, Sean Combs, Lupe Fiasco and T.I. acquainted. The sound, the da Kid and Grey together fOr "Invinsible" have done, is cinematic, from hip-hop elements, criss-Alt-Pop with much Edge and catchy beats, a sound that always enough leaves room for the gloomy, unparalleled voice and unique sense of melody, the Grey has repeatedly proved already as a songwriter and vocal guest.
As for the lyrics of their longplayer, characterized Skylar pieces like "Invisible", "Weirdo", "Building A Monster" and "Dance Without You" her own transformation by and tells how she had for years struggle to find their place in the world.
"Before I started working on this album, I had the feeling that they have completely lost control over my life. I could not even tell who I was actually, "she says. "I wanted to get back to the bottom of the facts, so I made the decision myself retreat for a while and just be for me. And during this time I have finally discovered the superheroine who slumbered in me. This complete development I draw on the album by again, starting with 'Invisible', because I felt earlier actually invisible. 'Building A Monster' describes the whole process, the development of 'Invisible', therefore 'invisible' to 'Invincible', So beat, probably best. That is why the album is called also 'Invinsible' - A word cross between the two extremes. "
The path Skylar Grey had to travel to get to the point at which it stands today, had extremely many ups and downs. She came Holly Brook Hafermann in Mazomanie in the State of Wisconsin to the world, a small town, which is so small that it does not require the stop sign. "From there, it is by car forty-five minutes to Madison where you can then do its purchases," she says. Even as a six year old, she performed with her mother - a mother / daughter-folk duo. At 14 she had already recorded and released three albums on their own. "The other kids have always teased me because my sound 'cool' was not, and all wanted to hear what was in the Popsendern the radio. When I was in seventh grade, I am no longer manage somehow come the eternal taunts were just too much. So I told my mother that I could not go on. And so it was then that I started, for me to make alone music - and these songs have often helped me "Finally, she dropped out of school and moved to Los Angeles with a fixed goal in mind. She wanted to be a musician and seriously their vision Track.
In 2004, as Grey just was 17, she then signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing and a classical recording contract with the of Linkin Park founded label Machine Shop Recordings. A little later she sang as Hollybrook on "Where'd You Go", the hit single of Fort Minor, and released her debut album "Like Blood Like Honey". But things did not go as planned, and Grey Finally, asked if they could not prematurely released from their contract. However, this process should take one and a half years: a period during which she was allowed to publish any new songs. To but now live out their creative energies, it was only the possibility of supporting other artists. So went Grey soon with Duncan Sheik on tour and played keyboards in the band, so as not to spin and also to earn on top of that a bit of money. "I was trapped all the time in this queue, which I was really depressed," she recalls. "At the point I have for the first time in my life asked myself if it was not yet the wrong decision to opt for a career as a musician. Because suddenly I was only some 23 years, which did not come into the slippers. I felt really bad time, especially because I had always had the feeling that everything really well ran with me, because I always knew exactly what I want to do with my life. "
At this point she decided to go in and to think about their own future; they left the city, the coast traveled up towards the north, made short in Ventura stop and ended up in a small coastal town in southern Oregon. While the Odyssey she slept on a yoga mat and took every conceivable type of Jobs: "time I worked at Barnes Noble, then I have given gym class, and even films I cut, "she says. "At times I was so burned damn that not even enough for a tank charge and I therefore had well or ill stay at home." After investigated Grey even the immediate vicinity of their home for food from and plucked oranges and grapefruit from the trees: "I was afraid my parents for money to cut down because they had there already done so much for me. They had always believed in my music career, "said Skylar. "I had the feeling to have you disappointed really."
In the end they came surely in Oregon and was taken up in an artists' colony; fOr room and board they had only now and then any odd jobs Apply. "I lived then in such a small cabin in the woods. That was in the middle of Wallachia ", so Skylar. "Although I'd not have a toilet, but it was a good feeling to be there, because I was finally independent and also learned that I can cope well with very little." A lucky coincidence led to a wealthy supporter they contacted via MySpace and wanted to get involved for a gig at a private party in Los Angeles. When had this fan then heard the whole story, he gave her a check for a considerable sum in the hand, so that she could build her own studio finally what they then did: in their cabin in the woods. "From then on I have actually written songs every day, and felt better and better and more confident with time."
Always new song ideas gushed out of it until Grey finally flew to New York in order to show its publisher Jennifer Blakeman. The was convinced immediately and said that their approach perfectly to that of Alex Da Kid would fit. "Jennifer played with then 'Airplanes' by B.o.B. ago, even before the release, a production of Alex So, and I just said '. Yes, the guy is right' "The alternative-smack was therefore crucial that the singer:" The sound was indeed absolutely commercially, but there gleamed also this whole other element by which else does not know of pop songs. This I thought that it determines would understand where my musical roots and what I care about. Finally, I sent him an email and insisted that we both work together. He sent me then simply a beat over, and I answered with the Hook, which eventually 'Love The Way You Lie' should be. "A few weeks later she learned then that Eminem wanted to convert the song into a rap number with vocals Rihanna, and that the song on his album "Recovery" should appear ...
As "Love The Way You Lie" then the international charts conquered asked Eminem Grey and Alex Da Kid, if they do not also to the work Dres album "Detox" wanted to contribute something - resulting finally the next hit must demonstrate: "I Need A Doctor". "When I first heard the rap part of Marshall heard I had losweinen immediately. He was also the way that has given a commitment that my vocal recording is taken for the final version, rather than any great pop star to bring fOr recording, "says Grey. "When you consider how low I had sunk, so I can work with these people ... wow."
After all the hits, where she worked in the background, is Skylar Grey Now with their first official single "Invisible" raring to then in autumn with "Invinsible" (KIDinaKORNER / Interscope) nachzulegen their debut album. You may get along very fortunate that she has chosen to continue to work in spite of the setbacks to their music career, "Well, frankly remained me yes no choice," she says. "The music happens to my life. I make music - POINT. Every time I see someone is touched in the audience of the music as someone breaks or losjubelt in tears, and let there be only one man, then I know again that I am on the right track. Then nothing else matters and you remember why you take the whole exertions. "
"Invinsible", the debut album of Skylar Grey, published in autumn at Interscope Records.
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