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Stephen Ellis Garrett was born and raised in Louisville in a family of musicians. Growing up, he sang in the choir at his church, where his sister played piano, his mother was the musical director, and his father was the pastor. As a member of Playa, Static began his musical career under the tutelage of Jodeci’s DeVante Swing, and formed kinships with fellow members of DeVante’s Swing Mob such as Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and Ginuwine. After the Swing Mob members parted company with DeVante, Static and the rest of Playa worked extensively as songwriters, co-producers, and background singers for their colleagues. Static was one of Ginuwine’s main songwriters, penning the lyrics to Timbaland-produced Ginuwine hits such as “Pony”, “What’s So Different”, and “So Anxious”.

Static also wrote much of Playa’s material when the group signed with Def Jam Records in the mid-1990s, including Playa’s 1998 hit single “Cheers 2 U” from the album of the same name. Also in 1998, Static wrote the lyrics for Aaliyah’s hit single “Are You That Somebody”. Following the success of “Are You That Somebody”, Static became Aaliyah’s main lyricist, and wrote many singles and album tracks for the singer. Static’s writing credits for Aaliyah include “Come Back in One Piece”, “We Need a Resolution”, “Rock the Boat”, “More Than a Woman”, and the number-one single “Try Again” from the 2000 film Romeo Must Die. During this period, Static also wrote for Nicole Wray (“Eyes Better Not Wander”) and Destiny’s Child (“Say My Name (Timbaland’s Remix)”) as well.

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