Skylar Grey, née Holly Brook Hafermann, has performed at the Grammy Awards with Dr. Dre and Eminem and garnered multiple Grammy nominations, including one for Song of the Year for Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” She has collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Diddy, X Ambassadors, Marilyn Manson, and more. By all measures of music industry success, the singer-songwriter has enjoyed a bountiful career since releasing her debut album as Grey with 2013’s Don’t Look Down. However, Grey has realized that her definition of success has changed


“I thought happiness would be being successful in music and having Grammys, stuff like that. But as I got more successful, I noticed that those moments I thought would make me happy were so fleeting. It would be one day of being really high on top of the world, and then the next dealing with some kind of form of rejection in the industry and being sad again. So I realized I couldn’t base my happiness on my career. I needed to learn how to enjoy the moment more.”


Grey has had some of the best teachers of all time in rapping working with Dr. Dre and Eminem. The latter produced the single “Come Up for Air.” Though “Em,” as occasionally she calls him, is a friend, she doesn’t lose the sense of wonder whenever she gets to be in the studio with the rap icon.


“Any time I get to work with Em or whatever, I kind of have to pinch myself and I’m not over the fact I’m working with one of my idols. It still blows my mind.”



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