As a member of songwriting fraternity The Clutch, Atlantas Keri Hilson has been writing hit songs for artists like Britney Spears and Ciara for years. But she first gained fame as a singer on Timbalands grammatically curious 2007 mega-hit The Way I Are. Her recently released solo debut In A Perfect World features Lil Wayne on the hit Turnin Me On; in the video for Knock You Down, meanwhile, Kanye West and Ne-Yo fight over her. Though pushed back for more than a year, the album became the surprise hit of the spring, ensuring Hilsons place on the list of brightest new R&B talents of the year. As a strict Christian in an increasingly sexed-up industry, shes something of an enigma, as well. Though she likely has felt pressure to dumb down her songs, she manages to keep her music fresh and inventive.
Tue., June 9, 7:30 p.m., 2009