Get to know the woman behind the music:
After having spent the last several years writing hit singles for some of music’s biggest names, five-time Grammy Award nominated, Ester Dean, one of the music industry’s most in-demand and sought-after hit makers, is finally ready to step into the spotlight. She has penned top-10 singles across all genres and now, in 2012, she is adding roles on the big screen and her own self-titled EP to her already impressive list of accomplishments.
A true personification of the phrase “triple-threat,” Ester’s infectious and unique personality makes the transition from behind the scenes to showcasing her talent in front of the camera a natural one.
Signed to Interscope Records and managed by JAY Z’s Roc Nation, Ester is a standout star possessing one of music’s most distinctive, versatile voices that spans from raspy to demure without losing its ultra-emotive tone.
Ester began 2012 with an appearance on the Machine Gun Kelly track “Invincible,” and set about making sure that 2012 is a banner year for her as an artist. While working in the studio with numerous artists, she has also recorded for her upcoming solo EP. Teaming with fabled production team Swedish House Mafia on “Bam Bam,” the track features Ester’s signature vocal style mixed with a driving rhythm section and one of her trademark hooks.
The studio is not the only place Ester has demonstrated the extent of her full range. Ester voiced Sloth Siren in the smash film, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” to which she also lent her writing talents with the title song “We Are.” In October, Ester will make her official acting debut in the highly-anticipated Pitch Perfect (Universal Pictures), a film about an all-girl a cappella group, also starring Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow.
Since 2009, the Oklahoma-born artist showed an ability and versatility to craft catchy pop hits, as her first single “Drop It Low ft. Chris Brown” became an instant Top 40 Billboard success. Originally recorded for the Lebron James documentary More Than a Game, the single showed Dean’s undeniable vocal talent and electric personality.
Following hot on the heels of her successful introduction as a vocalist the previous year, 2010 proved that Dean’s talents extended far beyond the recording studio, as she lit up the charts with her work as a songwriter. Her collaborations with Rihanna (“Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name”), Katy Perry (“Firework”) and Robin Thicke (“Sex Therapy”) all rocketed to #1 on the Billboard charts, with “Firework” and “What’s My Name” having the honors of being #1 and #2 simultaneously. Dean also contributed to albums by Usher, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Monica, netting a total of 5 Grammy nominations in the process.
In 2011, Ester’s success continued when she co-wrote the infectiously upbeat “Super Bass,” which appeared on pop-sensation Nicki Minaj’s album, Pink Friday. The song further solidified Dean’s standing as one of the most respected and sought-after songwriters in the business, with “Super Bass” reaching #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Soon after, she appeared on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss story The Lorax with the song “Let it Grow.” Her foray onto the big screen continued with animated comedy Rio, singing both “Let Me Take You to Rio,” and “Take You to Rio.”
With so many accomplishments already under her belt, and many more to come, Ester Dean is just getting started and is looking forward to reaching an even wider audience. “I want my listeners to be open with me,” she said. “I want them to be out the box, to be able to enjoy music that is colorless and without titles. I’m going to be everything. I’m much more than they think.”