R&B artist Stacy Barthe, a native of Long Island, New York, began her gradual ascent in the music industry as a songwriter and background vocalist in 2008, when she signed with Universal Music Publishing Group and co-wrote the song "Blur" for Britney Spears
' Circus album.
Barthe soon became a frequently spotted name on composer credits for songs by high-profile artists such as Cheryl Cole
("Heaven"), Katy Perry
("Hummingbird Heartbeat"), Rihanna
(the number seven hit "Cheers [Drink to That]"), Kelis
("22nd Century"), Estelle
("Speak Ya Mind"), Alicia Keys
(two songs on Girl on Fire), and T.I.
("Sorry"). As a solo artist, she has released a number of independent projects, including Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe (featuring appearances from Frank Ocean
and Luke James
, 2010), In the Inbetween (2012), and P.S. I Love You (2013). After Sincerely Yours (2014), Barthe signed to the storied Motown
label and released BEcoming (2015). The album featured guest appearances from Common
and John Legend
. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi