Who Is Skylar Grey? Possibly the 2011 Grammy Awards' Biggest New Star


In recent months the name of Skylar Grey has been popping up with increasing regularity in the credits for major pop and hip hop fusion hit singles. Then at last night's Grammy Awards, the woman named Skylar Grey hit the stage to sing the dramatic chorus for "I Need a Doctor," the current hit single from Eminem and Dr. Dre. Just who is Skylar Grey?

Skylar Grey is a stage name for Holly Brook Hafermann. She formerly performed as simply Holly Brook and under that name is featured on the Fort Minor hit single "Where'd You Go?" Following that success, Holly Brook released an album Like Blood Like Honey in 2006 that climbed to #26 on Billboard's Heat Seekers chart. She maintained a low profile in the industry until helping co-write Eminem's massive smash hit "Love the Way You Lie." Skylar Grey has stated in a blog for the Grammy Awards,

"When I wrote the chorus to Eminem's 'Love The Way You Lie' featuring Rihanna, I was living alone in a cabin in the woods, with my home studio. I was taking a step away from the industry in an effort to nurture my muses, which had been seriously damaged. I certainly wasn't attempting to write a hit song, but rather channeling what naturally came to me, with no expectations."

Since "Love the Way You Lie" went to #1 on the pop charts, Skylar Grey appeared as a co-writer and featured peformer on Diddy-Dirty Money's hit single "Coming Home," as well as featured performer on the Eminem and Dr. Dre smash "I Need a Doctor." All three of these hit singles were Alex Da Kid productions. He has signed Skylar Grey to a production deal. It looks like stardom is lurking just around the corner.


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