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USA Today highlights five singer-song writers

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When Sean Garrett was a little kid, he’d make up his own words to songs he heard on the radio. That habit helped him develop the songwriting skills that have produced hits for Usher, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Ciara, Nelly and the Pussycat Dolls.

“I would start singing another song on top of the one that was playing, and my ears would block out the lyrics the artist would be singing,” says Garrett, 28, whose first single, Grippin’ featuring Ludacris, just went to radio. “It started happening so much that I realized I had a gift. Now, when I hear a track, there’s instantly a song.”

Garrett’s album Turbo 919 will be the first released on his Bet I Penned It Music label with Interscope Records and is expected in late May or early June.

He’s just one of several name-brand urban music songwriters now taking a shot at being a star. For the record labels, giving those hitmakers such a chance is a win-win: Even if writers don’t make it as artists, they’ll provide a wealth of tunes for other acts on the label’s roster.

Like Garrett, hit writers Keri Hilson and Johnta Austin will release debut discs in coming weeks. Terius “The Dream” Nash put out his Love Hate in December. Ne-Yo, probably the most successful writer-turned-artist in the past two years, released his second platinum CD, Because of You, last May.

Read the entire article to see some of the big hits these artists have penned at USA Today



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February 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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