Just prior to her July 22 stop in Nashville on her recently-completed DON’T LOOK DOWN Summer Tour, Ms. Grey did an interview with Dana Getz for Monochrome Effect – this interview covers Ms. Grey’s reaction to her DON’T LOOK DOWN album topping the iTunes albums charts, the intensity of topics touched upon throughout the album, and first learning to deal with less than honest industry types early on in her career.

Check out the intro as well as some excerpts from the interview below, and click Monochrome Effect‘s logo to view the full-length piece!

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“….seven years ago Skylar Grey didn’t exist. She was a distant figment of Holly Brook’s imagination, stifled by a handful of untrustworthy Hollywood big shots and a mediocre set of melancholy acoustic tracks. But after years of patience and several months in a desolate Oregon cabin, a poignant pop princess emerged, pronouncing herself Skylar Grey and leaving Holly Brook far behind in the woods.

Grey has since released her debut album “Don’t Look Down” with the help of executive producer Eminem—a far cry from her 2006 record “Like Blood Like Honey, released under her birth name Holly Brook.

“The response to my album has exceeded my expectations. I didn’t know it would even chart, let alone be number two on iTunes, so it’s been crazy to see,” Grey said.

The album shares some difficult personal stories, including financial woes, unexpected pregnancy and domestic violence.

“I don’t understand any other way of making music, it’s all personal to me,” Grey said. “It’s therapeutic.”

Though “Don’t Look Down” is her first major label studio album, Grey is no stranger to the music industry. She co-wrote Eminem’s Grammy-nominated “Love the Way You Lie” with English producer Alex da Kid, and her vocals have been featured on hit singles such as Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go, Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor” and Lupe Fiasco’s “Words I Never Said.

Despite her success in songwriting, the music industry hasn’t always been kind to the 27-year-old Wisconsin native, who first moved to Los Angeles in 2003 when she heard of a music convention she believed could kick-start her career.

“I grew up in a town where everyone was true to their word, and if anyone did anything shady the whole town heard about it and they were blacklisted,” Grey said.  “So when I moved to L.A. I guess the biggest culture shock was that there was a lot of shady people, and I was naïve about it because I thought everyone was trustworthy. So I got into some shit.”….”

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