By Charlie Maybee
Commercial pop musician, Skylar Grey, is back after a 6 year hiatus with an album of her own leading us into it with a music video for the haunting single “Falling Apart”. Equal parts Imogen Heap and Billie Eillish, this song leans into a larger cinematic scope that could easily work as part of a movie soundtrack. On the fringes of the digitized harmonies, there is something dark that drips from the composition’s fluid and romantic sense of time that slides by unassumingly.
The Wisconsin-born-and-raised singer songwriter and producer is most known as longtime collaborator of Eminem’s, working on over a dozen songs with him, including penning the hook for his diamond award winning song, “Love The Way You Lie.” Their most recent collaboration, “Black Magic,” off his album “Music To Be Murdered By,” was released in December of 2020. Their collaborations have led to Grey joining him on multiple world tours. She is also known for her numerous other hip hop collaborations including the widely recognized anthemic songs “Coming Home” with Diddy, and “Glorious” with Macklemore. Grey most recently appeared on stage at Sofi Stadium in July 2021, performing alongside EDM powerhouse, Kaskade.
Grey began her music career as a 6 year old, performing alongside her mother who is a folk singer and Celtic harpist. “I don’t have a genre; I have a mood. And that mood can be lent to many genres.”. Now in 2021, the fully independent artist is embracing her newfound freedom, and is focused on making an album that redefines her as an artist. “I’m making the album I always wanted to make but never had the guts to.”
“Falling Apart is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, or find it on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Playlist on Spotify and YouTube. Check out the accompanying music video (below).
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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