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Keri Hilson


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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

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

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