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SANTA MONICA, CA – Grammy winning producer, songwriter and rapper Eminem has signed on as executive producer of the debut album from five-time Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Skylar Grey. The first single, “C’mon Let Me Ride” featuring Eminem, which is produced by Alex Da Kid, will be released to digital retailers on December 11. Grey’s debut album, now titled “Don’t Look Down,” is due out Spring 2013.
“When I was working on “Recovery” I was introduced to Skylar by Alex Da Kid and I was blown away with her talent as both a songwriter and vocalist,” said Eminem. “This album is really going to give her a chance to connect with the fans who probably know her music, but might not know her yet. I think they will be as impressed as I am.”
“Putting out a debut album is a bit scary – I want it to be just right so I took some extra time to finish it,” said Grey. “Eminem’s increased involvement has been such a blessing; I’m getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust. Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change. This new single with Em, in particular, is very exciting. We have worked on so many serious songs together – it’s a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic.”
The music video for “C’mon Let Me Ride” featuring Eminem was shot in Detroit last week and will also be released with the single on December 11. Currently, Grey can be heard on two tracks on Slaughterhouse’s “Welcome to Our House.” Those tracks are “Our House,” which also features Eminem, and “Rescue Me.” Grey can also be heard on the song “Building a Monster” on the soundtrack for the new Tim Burton animated film Frankenweenie.
Grey co-wrote the biggest selling single of 2010: Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” which earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best Song and Best Rap Song of the Year. She also co-wrote and appeared on Dr. Dre’s “I Need A Doctor,” which she performed alongside Dre and Eminem on the 2011 Grammy Awards.
This past January, Grey released “The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey,” which featured special acoustic performances by Grey of three songs she wrote and produced: the original demo of “Love the Way Part III” (the original “Love the way You Lie” made popular by Eminem and Rihanna), “Coming Home Part II” (originally performed by Diddy-Dirty Money) and “Words” (originally “Words I Never Said,” performed by Lupe Fiasco).