ARTIST PROFILE

Keri Hilson

Name: Keri Hilson

Birthday: Dec.5, 1982

Fav Dish: Fried Prawn

Keri Lynn Hilson (born December 5, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. She was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, and spent most of her youth working with producer Anthony Dent, as a songwriter and background vocalist for several R&B and hip hop artists.

By the age of 14, Hilson had secured a record deal with the girl group D’Signe, who later disbanded. She attended Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University in Atlanta, while she continued writing songs for artists, including Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, and Mary J. Blige, with the production and songwriting team, The Clutch. In 2006, Hilson signed with American rapper and producer Timbaland’s record label, Mosley Music. Her breakthrough came the following year after appearing on Timbaland’s single “The Way I Are”, which topped charts around the world.

Hilson’s music style is generally R&B, hip hop and pop; womanhood, sexual intimacy and love are typical themes. Her musical influences come from her father’s side of the family. Hilson’s debut studio album, In a Perfect World…, was released in 2009, and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, eventually being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album spawned the hit singles, “Knock You Down”, “Turnin Me On” and “I Like”. It also earned Hilson two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Knock You Down”. Her second studio album, No Boys Allowed, was released in 2010 and was considerably less successful than its predecessor; however, it included the platinum single, “Pretty Girl Rock”.

Besides her music career, Hilson has also contributed to various charities and pursued a career in acting, but she continues to record and perform music. She has contributed in the fight against HIV and AIDS, helped various relief efforts for natural disasters, and become involved with several educational organizations. In 2012, Hilson made her acting debut in the romantic comedy film, Think Like a Man. Her achievements include a BET Award, MOBO Award, NAACP Image Award and two Soul Train Music Awards.

During an interview on 106 & Park on October 25, 2011, Hilson revealed that she has already begun recording her third studio album. She explained, “There’s some people in the world that aren’t gon’ like this album coming from me. As I was experiencing the world, there were things that I was also experiencing on a personal front, and in my music it’s coming out. There’s a specific few people who ain’t gon’ like to listen to this album. Very emotional, I’ll say that.”She further explained in an interview with The Boombox that she’s working on a new sound for the album, and described it as a mixture of her first two albums with some surprising elements thrown in.

Hilson also said a release date had not been confirmed yet, saying “I just write about my experiences and keep the release dates far, far from me. When I feel that I have [good material] is when I will give it to the label. But I’m not quite there yet. I’m still working.”After a five-year musical hiatus for Hilson, it was announced on March 14, 2016, that the album would be named L.I.A.R., an acronym for Love Is a Religion. L.I.A.R. will have contributions from Chris Brown, Danja, Timbaland and Polow Da Don.

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