Her debut album for Machine Shop Records
, Like Blood Like Honey, was released in 2006 under the name Holly Brook
(a shortening of her full name, Holly Brook Hafermann). Tours opening for the likes of Jamie Cullum
, k.d. lang
, and Duncan Sheik
would follow but the album stalled, and soon Brook
was without a recording contract. In 2006 her guest vocals on Fort Minor
's "Where'd You Go" would help push the track into the Top Five in America, and in 2009 she would join Duncan Sheik
's band for his Whisper House album and its accompanying tour.
The year 2010 was a huge step forward for Brook
's solo career, starting with the release of the O'Dark:Thirty EP. A name change to Skylar Grey would soon follow, along with a meeting with Alex da Kid
, who signed her to his Wonderland Music
label. By the end of 2010, Eminem
, along with special guest Rihanna
, had a hit with his own version of Grey's "Love the Way You Lie."
"Love the Way You Lie" turned into a massive hit and it jump-started Skylar Grey's career. She earned a Grammy nomination for writing the song and signed to Interscope
as a solo recording artist. As she prepped her debut, Grey popped up as a guest artist on several different recordings, including hit singles by Diddy - Dirty Money
("Coming Home"), Dr. Dre
("I Need a Doctor"), and Lupe Fiasco
("Words I Never Said"). Her first solo hit, "C'Mon Let Me Ride" (which featured an appearance by Eminem
), appeared in 2012 and, in the summer of 2013, her full-length debut as Skylar Grey, Don't Look Down, was released.
In the years that followed, Grey added her songwriting talents and vocals to tracks by Cee Lo Green
, David Guetta
, Kid Cudi
, Nicki Minaj
, and X Ambassadors
. However, a co-writing credit on Zedd
's hit song with Foxes
, "Clarity," would garner the most notable honor for Grey: a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2014.
2016 was another big year for the artist. She contributed a pair of tracks to the Billboard-topping Suicide Squad soundtrack -- her song "Wreak Havoc" and a songwriting credit for Kehlani
's "Gangsta" -- and released her sophomore LP, Natural Causes. ~ James Christopher Monger & David Jeffries, Rovi