Archive for January, 2012

Skylar Grey CDV :: Sundance 2012 Interview w/ VIBE TV | Video

VIBE TV has posted a video interview with Ms. Grey that they shot while at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – to view the video interview segment with Ms. Grey and Jenny O, click below and select it from the drop-down menu!

Skylar Grey Sundance Interview | VIBE TV ::

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Skylar Grey CDIV :: “Room For Happiness (Gregori Klosman Remix)” Preview+Artwork | Stream+Photo

With the Skylar Grey + Kaskade collaborative track “Room For Happiness” set to be officially released as a single soon, Kaskade has released a 2-minute preview of one of the official “Room For Happiness” remixes, by Gregori Klosman.

Click the newly-released artwork below to view the SoundCloud page to stream the remix preview!

“Room For Happiness (Gregori Klosman Remix)” Preview | SoundCloud ::

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Skylar Grey CDIII :: “The Buried Sessions” EP Post-Release Buzz

Now nearly two weeks after its January 17 release, check out what some of the blogs have to say about Ms. Grey‘s new EP The Buried Sessions!

Also don’t forget that the Skylar Grey + Kaskade collaboration “Room For Happiness” is officially released as a single this coming Tuesday (January 31), with two official music videos to be unveiled on the following Tuesday (February 7).

4 out of 5 stars | ARTISTdirect ::
“….when you peel back the layers of production and pomp, you can truly see the measure of any artist. The Buried Sessions does just that for Skylar Grey.

Still, when the curtain’s up, Grey is even more poignant, poetic, and powerful. Certainly her voice punctuates hits….with an inimitable sense of futuristic noir soul. However, in these stripped-down piano-driven incarnations, Grey’s “Coming Home (Part II)” and “Words” illuminate just how incredible of a songwriter and performer she really is….”

EP Review | ArjanWrites ::
“….Grey’s original demo version of “Love The Way You Lie” (officially titled “Love The Way You Lie (Part III”) included on this new EP is as stunning as the version we already know. It poignantly echoes a sense of urgency with its conflicted lyrics that point to heartbreak but still offer a sentiment of hope and resolve. Grey’s pure and raw performance throughout the EP is absolutely breathtaking and it reminds me of her break-out performance at the 53rd GRAMMYs that captured a similar intensity and had viewers in awe….”

Grey Releases The Buried Sessions | MuuMuse ::
“….you’ve already heard the devastating hooks all over radio….but now, singer-songwriter Skylar Grey is bringing her original creations back to life….if you thought her hooks were haunting, just wait until you hear the full versions: They’ll never, ever leave your head….”

The  Buried Sessions Stream | Jon ALi ::
“….Grey is kicking off the new year right with the release of her brand-new EP, The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter has put together stripped down versions of the hits she penned….Syklar might not be a household name (yet), but her renditions prove that she has a lot to offer. The three-track set is raw, haunting, and effortlessly beautiful. I’m looking forward to more and more from Miss Grey….”

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Skylar Grey CDII :: MTV Buzzworthy Feature by Sam Lansky

Sam Lansky (writer for The Huffington Post, PopCrush, and MTV Buzzworthy) has published an article covering Ms. Grey, whom Lansky calls “….one of the most promising artists in the game….”.

Read the intro to his article below, and click the title to view it in full!

Grey Writes Your Favorite Rap Songs | MTV Buzzworthy ::
“….hey Pop Think-ers! I’m Sam Lansky, and my favorite part of any rap song is the part where a female singer belts out a catchy chorus. In my fervent study of the hip-hop hook, I’ve come across few songbirds as talented as Skylar Grey, the mysterious singer-songwriter who came into the public consciousness in 2010 singing the haunting melody on Diddy-Dirty Money’s “Coming Home” and penning monster hits such as “Love the Way You Lie” for Eminem and Rihanna before releasing her own debut single, the moodily gorgeous “Invisible.

Now, with the release of her new EP, The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey, Skylar is giving the public a taste of what chorus-conscious pop fans like myself have been craving: the original versions of three of her finest tracks, including “Coming Home” and “Words” (later re-imagined as “Words I Never Said” for Lupe Fiasco), as well as her stunning demo for “Love the Way You Lie. It’s an impressive showing from an artist who is better known for crunchy rap hooks than for her stripped-down acoustic balladry — and this week, I’m taking a look at how Skylar’s unparalleled versatility makes her one of the most promising artists in the game….”

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Skylar Grey CDI :: In-Depth Interview w/ Clayton Perry+Sundance Portrait | Photos

Writer and educator Clayton Perry, who has specialized in doing in-depth sit-down interviews with numerous musicians and artists, has now published his 2-part interview with Ms. Grey online.

Read an excerpt from the extensive interview, and click the title to view it in full!

Skylar Grey Interview w/ Clayton Perry | ClaytonPerry.com ::
Clayton Perry:  With the recent release of The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey, several songs from your songwriting catalog have been refashioned – and reincarnated, if you will – for a beautiful afterlife. What beauty have you found in the spirit of your acoustic takes? And when you reflect on the songs’ evolutions, what thoughts immediately come to mind?

Skylar Grey:  I initially wrote these songs just as what I would personally do or sing as an artist. And then the fact that it got picked up by other people. It’s not like I wrote “Love the Way you Lie” for Rihanna. It’s just that it happened, and it’s really great, and I’m so grateful for it. But I think it’s cool, too, because being a songwriter, there’s like a different type of connection with the lyrics than somebody who’s been performing it. And the reason I called it The Buried Sessions was because of the raw sessions of the songs in their pure form, before they got taken to these great heights with these amazing other artists.  And I just think it’s cool to see the whole evolution of the song.

Clayton Perry:  As a songwriter and instrumentalist, examine the influence production and instrument selection has on the vibe and spiritual mood of a song, in regards to Kaskade’s remixes of your new song, “Room for Happiness.

Skylar Grey:  Well, when I wrote that song it started as the Fire Mix, and Kaskade had the concept to make his album Fire and Ice, so that there was two different mixes of each song. And I had nothing to do with the production of the Ice Mix, but he sent it to me with live strings and some kind of piano. And it blew me away, first of all, to hear Kaskade do a production like that. And then also just to hear how even when I wrote the song and I sang with a certain amount of emotion, but when you’re distracted by pumping beats, you sometimes don’t listen to all the emotion in the vocal. So when he stripped it back, it became a whole different animal and it was really, really interesting to me. And I think that as all the other songs that I wrote with hip-hop people, there’s a place for all of it. Like, I was driving on the PCH listening to the Fire Mix and it was just like a more feel good way to listen to it, whereas the Ice Mix kind of makes me want to cry.

Clayton Perry:  Speaking of things that you live by, is there a guiding philosophy or life event that made you write: “Sometimes it’s worse to have lost than to have never had at all, because it’s a curse to feel love and to feel it all dissolve”? Is there any particular inspiration behind this quote?

Skylar Grey:  No. I mean, sometimes if you never experience something, you don’t even realize what you’re missing. But then when you experience that thing and it goes away, it feels like a piece of you is gone. Like, if I had never met this person that I just lost, just for example, maybe I wouldn’t feel empty now because, you know, I wouldn’t even know what I was missing. But after having experience with that person, and then losing them, it’s like you feel empty and that’s all that line meant.

You can also check out a January 23 portrait of Ms. Grey, taken at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival by Victoria Will. Click below to view the image full-size!

Skylar Grey – Sundance 2012 Portrait | Victoria Will ::

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Skylar Grey CD :: Grey Talks “Room For Happiness”, Hollyscoop TV+Sundance Portraits | Video+Photos

While at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, priort to her performing live with Kaskade, Ms. Grey stopped to talk with Hollyscoop TV – they talked about her collaborations, including working with Kaskade on their collaborative track “Room For Happiness”.

Watch the full interview segment below.

Skylar Grey Talks “Room For Hapiness” | YouTube ::

Ms. Grey also stopped to have several Sundance portraits taken – Zimbio has posted eight of the portraits online, and you can view the gallery by clicking the portrait below!

Skylar Grey – Sundance 2012 Portraits | Zimbio ::

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Skylar Grey CCCXCIX :: Celebrity Tweets+Sundance 2012 w/ Kaskade, Idolator | Photos

Along with performing at the Oakley-sponsored event at Downstairs Park City in Park City, Utah at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ms. Grey was also in attendance while Lil Jon DJ’d at the event.

Check out what both of them had to say about the event via Twitter below!

Skylar Grey & Lil Jon | Twitter ::
@SkylarGrey
“….Had a blast at @sundancefest performing tonight for @oakley at @DownstairsPC with @liljon @mrciscoadler @katevoegele Thanks @jmccassy!!!!!….”

@LilJon
“….@SkylarGrey DIDNT REALIZE HOW GREAT A SONG WRITER U WERE!! GREAT SHOW!! RESPECT HOMIE!!….”

@SkylarGrey
“….THANK YOU! MY FAVORITE SUNDANCE EXPERIENCE WAS PARTYING W/ @OAKLEY CREW WHILE YOU DJ’D!! YOU KILLED IT! @LilJon….”

Also check out what fellow musician and actress Kate Voegele, who was also at the Oakley event, had to say about Ms. Grey’s live performance that night.

Kate Voegele | Twitter ::
@KateVoegele
“….Watching @skylargrey dominate the stage at #HydeDownstairs2012..this girl can SING…..”

And with their collaboration “Room For Happiness” set to be released as a single on January 31, Ms. Grey and Kaskade both performed at TAO during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, at the Google Music nightlife event presented by T-Mobile.

Idolator has posted two photos of their performance, and you may click either photo below to view the full Sundance gallery!

Skylar Grey & Kaskade @ Sundance 2012 | Idolator ::

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Skylar Grey CCCXCVIII :: “Room For Happiness (Feenixpawl Remix)” Live Preview | Video

A video has surfaced online of Kaskade spinning an as-of-yet unreleased remix of his popular Skylar Grey collaboration, Room For Happiness (which will officially be released as a single on January 31). The track has been remixed by Australian duo Feenixpawl, and you can stream the video below via YouTube!

“Room For Happiness (Feenixpawl Remix)” Live Preview | YouTube ::

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Skylar Grey CCCXCVII :: Fuse.TV’s GRAMMY Polldown 2012 | Vote

Fuse.TV is allowing fans to vote in their special GRAMMY Polldown 2012 section of their website – you may vote for several Skylar Grey-related releases under the following categories ::

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
*Rihanna, LOUD

BEST POP/VOCAL ALBUM
*Rihanna, LOUD

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
*Dr. Dre feat. Skylar Grey & Eminem, “I Need A Doctor”

BEST RAP SONG
*Dr. Dre feat. Skylar Grey & Eminem, “I Need A Doctor”

BEST RAP ALBUM
*Lupe Fiasco, Lasers

No registration is required, and you may vote as many times as you like. Voting does not affect the results of the official GRAMMY Awards.

Vote in GRAMMY Polldown 2012 | Fuse.TV ::

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Skylar Grey CCCXCVI :: Sundance Film Festival 2012 | Photo

After having landed in Park City, Utah earlier today (January 20) to attend the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ms. Grey posted a photo on Twitter of herself at the festival with Jared Eng of JustJared.com.

Check it out below!

Skylar Grey and Jared Eng @ Sundance | Twitter ::

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