New to the limelight, since the 2010 release of Fantasia’s “Back To Me” album, songwriter Claude “Studio Beast” Kelly has been dominating music charts of all genres. Kelly has been responsible for megahits for Bruno Mars (“Grenade”), Ke$ha (“Take It Off”), Britney Spears (“Gasoline”), and Jessie J (“Price Tag” featuring B.o.B.) to name a few. Now, the Grammy-nominated songwriter lends his chart-topping skills to neo-soul artist, Ledisi’s newest album “Pieces of Me.”
The lead single off the recently released project marks the first of three songs written by Kelly for Ledisi. “Before I started working on this album I had to figure out what I wanted to offer, not only musically, but also spiritually and mentally,” says Ledisi. She was able to find all this in Kelly who has always prided himself on connecting with artists musically by tapping into their emotional states. This attribute has allowed him to work with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Adam Lambert, Flo Rida, Fefe Dobson, Lee DeWyze, T.I., David Archuleta, Chrisette Michele, Brandy, R. Kelly, Jesse McCartney, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Charice, Melanie Fiona and Jordin Sparks.
With a string of hits from the past and present and his ability to effortlessly writer for diverse genres, Kelly is proving himself to be one of music’s most-sought-after songwriters. Who will he write for next?
Listen to “Pieces of Me” HERE