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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. 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
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Stations Featuring
Keri Hilson

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    4 songs

    Top R&B

    Top R&B
    1 song

    Office Friendly Jams

    Office Friendly Jams
    3 songs

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    Top Jams [Explicit]
    1 song

    Top Hip-Hop

    1 song

    Hip-Hop Party

    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    1 song

Albums by
Keri Hilson

Top Songs by
Keri Hilson

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Knock You Down featuring Kanye West
  3.   Turnin Me On by Lil Wayne
  4.   Pretty Girl Rock
  5.   Slow Dance
  6.   Energy
  7.   The Way You Love Me
  8.   One Night Stand
  9.   How Does It Feel
  10.   Lose Control/Let Me Down
  11.   Lie to Me
  12.   Beautiful Mistake
  13.   Bahm Bahm (Do It Once Again)/I Want You
  14.   Change Me by Akon
  15.   Return the Favor
  16.   Toy Soldier
  17.   Hustler
  18.   Gimme What I Want
  19.   Buyou
  20.   All the Boys
  21.   Breaking Point
  22.   Alienated
  23.   Intuition
  24.   Intro
  25.   Get It Girl
  26.   Freedom Ride
  27.   Where Did He Go
  28.   Tell Him The Truth
  29.   Make Love
  30.   Get Your Money Up featuring Keyshia Cole
  31.   Won't Be Long
  32.   Get Your Money Up featuring Keyshia Cole

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