R&B singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Streeter discussed working on her debut studio album, the difference between writing for herself and other artists and staying true to herself, among other topics. Following the interview, Streeter performed a brief set, including "It Won't Stop" "nEXt" and a cover of Ariana Grande's "The Way," which she co-wrote.
"Writing for yourself is like exposing your diary," said Streeter. "It can be a little embarrassing at times, but if it helps somebody get through the day just by hearing a song it's well worth it."
Born Amber Streeter in Haines City, Fla., Streeter cites artists such as GRAMMY winners Yolanda Adams, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Celine Dion as influences. At age 10 she tied for first place on the talent show "Showtime At The Apollo," which led to a spot in the girl group TG4. Though the group landed on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2002 with "Virginity," TG4 disbanded and Streeter subsequently joined the group RichGirl, with whom she opened on tour for Beyoncé in 2009. After RichGirl split Streeter began writing songs for artists such as GRAMMY winners Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Brandy, and Estelle, among others. In 2012 she released her debut solo single "I Like It," which cracked Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
In December 2013 Streeter released her debut EP, Call Me Crazy, But…, which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The EP features seven tracks co-written by Streeter, including "B.A.N.S." and the Billboard Hot 100 hit "It Won't Stop," which was co-produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer/artist Diplo and features Brown.