Renowned for her songwriting prowess for artists such as Eminem
and Selena Gomez
, Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha started her musical journey at a young age.
Performing in musicals from the age of four, she started to hone her music skills in her early teens and was soon named Best Teen Songwriter at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' annual Grammy Day event. Using this opportunity, she met a whole host of famous producers, which would later stand her in good stead when it came to her own career. In 2010, she was approached by Fall Out Boy
's Pete Wentz to form Black Cards
. Intended to reflect Wentz's more experimental and electronic side, Rexha provided vocals to several EPs before she left the band in 2012 to embark on a solo career. She started to upload demos and acoustic covers to YouTube before signing with Warner Bros.
in 2013. She penned several hit songs for the likes of Gomez
("Like a Champion") and Nikki Williams
("Glowing"), but it was "The Monster" -- her composition for Eminem
-- that really caught the attention of the industry. The track's success -- it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 -- allowed Rexha to prepare for life as a solo artist. She collaborated with EDM trio Cash Cash
on their 2014 track "Take Me Home." Following this success, she released her first EP, I Don't Wanna Grow Up, which featured the singles "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" and "I Can't Stop Drinking Without You," in May 2015. As she continued to write for her full-length debut, Rexha scored a smash hit with rapper G-Eazy
on their collaboration "Me, Myself & I," which broke into the Billboard Top 100 and hit number one on the pop chart in 2016. She was also featured on the Martin Garrix
hit "In the Name of Love," which climbed into the Top 30 by the end of the year.