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Keri Hilson

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

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    Top Jams [Explicit]
    1 song

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    4 songs

    Top R&B

    Top R&B
    1 song

    Top Hip-Hop

    Top Hip-Hop
    1 song

    Hip-Hop Party

    1 song

    Top Jams [Clean]

    3 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    1 song

Albums by
Keri Hilson

Top Songs by
Keri Hilson

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

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