Former Songwriters who became A-list artists (Part II)

Jason Derulo

The 25-year-old singer/songwriter has a quite long list of hits despite his relative young age. Indeed , he’s been penning songs since his youngest age. In his teens, the Florida-raised artist had already worked with some of the behemoths of the industry such as: Lil Wayne, Pitbull, and Pleasure P . Derulo wrote Bridman’s song “Bossy” and even lend voice for the hook. His experience blatantly shows that he was destined to be as huge as he is today.


Ryan Leslie

His exceptional education background (he is an accomplished Harvard Scholar), sure helped him in his craftsmanship, indeed, R.les doesn’t solely write songs, the Black Mozart produces works of art and build careers. The producer/vocalist/songwriter is notably responsible for Cassie’s debut album and hit single “Me & U” that has reached number 3 on the Billboard hot 100.


Sean Garrett

The Atlanta artist has a particular appeal for head nod/dance floor induced track and has in his catalogue some of the greatest r&b songs of the last decade. From Usher’s “Yeah”, Chris Brown’s “Run it”, Beyoncé’s “Check On It”, “Get me Bodied”,“Ring The Alarm”, “Upgrade U”. That’s what we call Talent y’all!


Rico Love

Usher’s friend and protégé, Rico love is a hell of a songwriter. The now artist has had the opportunity to work with A-list artist over the last few years. Some of them are really thankful to him for his tremendous contribution in their success from Mario to Usher, Natasha Bedingfield, Pleasure P, to Dirty Money. His most notable songs are Usher “There Goes My Baby”, Keri Hilson’s “Energy”, Diddy’s “Hello Good Morning” and the last but not the least Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams”.


Bruno Mars

The pint sized performer/songwriter/producer epitomizes the perfect triple threat, in less than 4 years and with the help of his best pal Philip Lawrence (The Smeezingtons) he has built a substantial catalogue of hit songs. The singer who was formerly signed to Motown Records then finally dropped, inked a deal with Atlantic years later and finally found success thanks to his writing skills. Bruno penned hits for Alexandra burke, Adam Levine, Brandy but he’s famous for Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” and Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You”.


Frank Ocean

Frank’s intricate writing abilities and thoroughly crafted songs signature prompted fellow artists to enlist him in their team. Indeed, the R&B Lothario has written songs for Brandy and is particularly know for being responsible for Beyoncé’s “I miss you”.

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