Ester Dean, if you don’t know who she is, is a phenomenal singer and songwriter.
I first discovered her in the movie Pitch Perfect, where she totally steals a few scenes.
But unbeknownst to many, Dean has written songs eventually recorded by, among others:
- Nicki Minaj
- Selena Gomez
- 50 Cent
- Britney Spears
- Mary J. Blige
- Christina Aguilera
But before all that, Ester Dean was discovered by Christopher “Tricky” Stewart at a Charlie Wilson concert.
Of course, this is how it always works, isn’t it? Someone looking for talent bumps into someone with talent.
“I heard this singing coming from somewhere around me,” he recalls, “and my producer’s ear started listening to it. And I’m thinking, ‘Wow, that is not natural.’ Charlie Wilson is a damn good singer, but this other voice is keeping right up, executing all the tricky little runs perfectly. Finally, I just had to find out who that was singing like that.” He followed the sound through the crowd, and it led him to Ester Dean.
-John Seabrook, The Song Machine