Sears Centre Arena-Hoffman Estates, IL
April 10, 2009
Keri Hilson is by far my new favorite artist. I cannot believe I am just now calling myself a fan. This girl has been around for years! Where the heck have I been? Last Friday night was the first time I saw Keri Hilson live in concert. Besides having the opportunity to photograph her set, I was also granted an interview with Keri after her show. As I was doing my research learning about the singer’s history before meeting her, I discovered that she has quite a track record when it comes to penning hits by some of today’s superstars. For those of you who only know Keri Hilson as the performing artist, let me list some of the artists she’s written songs for: Ciara, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, P. Diddy, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Pussycat Dolls, Danity Kane, Timbaland, and Britney Spears. Not bad, huh? In addition to doing my homework and studying up on Ms. Keri Hilson before interviewing her, I also listened to every song on her debut album In A Perfect World… before heading to the show. I immediately fell in love with her first single “Energy” and then her yet to be released next single “Knock You Down.” The latter features both Kanye West and Ne-Yo. Of course everyone who isn’t living under a rock has heard Hilson’s current single and massive radio hit “Turnin Me On” featuring the king of all guest appearances: Lil Wayne. Honestly though, what song isn’t Lil Wayne featured on nowadays? In addition to the three tracks from In A Perfect World… aforementioned, I highly recommend you take a listen to “Return The Favor.” This song was Keri’s second single and features the man who took her from a behind-the-scenes songwriter to an in-the-spotlight performer: Timbaland. FYI: I did end up buying those four tracks on iTunes before heading to the “I Am Music” tour to see Keri…gotta support my girl! Check out more photos of “Miss Keri Baby” after the jump and look for the interview in the coming weeks!
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