Born: December 5th, 1982 Height: 5' 9"
Keri Lynn Hilson (born December 5, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. 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.
Hilson attended Emory University in Atlanta for three years and studied a course in theater. She continued writing songs for artists, including Britney Spears
and Mary J. Blige, with the production and songwriting team, The Clutch. In 2006, Hilson signed with 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 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", featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo, being certified two times platinum."Turnin Me On" featuring Lil Wayne, certified platinum in the US 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 hit single, "Pretty Girl Rock" which reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart, eventually being certified platinum. Hilson's achievements include a BET Award, MOBO Award, NAACP Image Award and two Soul Train Music Awards. Apart from her work in music, she has pursued a career in acting. Hilson made her acting debut in the romantic comedy film, Think Like a Man
, in 2012. She appears in the 2013 film, Riddick
starring Vin Diesel.
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