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Keri Hilson

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Decatur, Georgia (2001 – present)

Keri Lynn Hilson (born December 5, 1982 in Decatur, Georgia) is a Grammy nominated American R&B singer-songwriter signed to Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group. She is also a part of a collective of writers and producers known as The Clutch, and has written hits for many artists including Britney Spears, Usher, Ciara, Ludacris and Omarion, After performing on Xzibit’s hit song Hey Now (Mean Muggin’) and Timbaland’s album Shock Value she released her debut album, In A Perfect World…, in 2009. It spawned the hit singles Energy, Turnin’ Me On and Knock You Down which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her sophomore studio album, No Boys Allowed, was released December 2010 and features the hit singles Pretty Girl Rock and Breaking Point.

Hilson has been writing music for other artists since 2001, including Britney Spears, Ciara, Usher, and Ludacris. Despite having made a name for herself as an arranger and background vocalist, lending her vocal talents to many of the songs she wrote on, Hilson remained behind the scenes for the most part until 2004, when she was featured on Xzibit’s single, “Hey Now (Mean Muggin)” and made her performing debut singing the track live at the 2004 MTV Europe Awards.

In 2006, Hilson reappeared on the music scene in the video for Nelly Furtado’s single “Promiscuous”. Meanwhile, she signed as an artist with Timbaland’s newly formed Interscope associated label Mosley Music Group and the pair started work on her debut album ‘”In A Perfect World…”. The same year, she was featured on “After Love” from Diddy’s album Press Play which was originally written for Danity Kane. She also wrote “Right Now” for Danity Kane as well as “Help”, the second single from Lloyd Banks’ Rotten Apple.

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