Keri Hilson Can’t Have Songwriting Without Singing

stopped by Cee Lo Green’s new show ‘Talking to Strangers’ the other night and the two chatted about how Keri manages to balance her professional and personal lives. Keri later treated the audience to a performance of her hit ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ and Cee Lo surprised her on stage.

“I like to have my cake and eat it too,” Hilson said about whether she prefers songwriting or being an artist. “I really can’t have one without the other because being an artist was my first dream. Songwriting was my plan B, and I learned to love it. I never even knew it would take off as fast and as far as it did. I never guessed I would write for Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige, who I grew up… Usher, Chris Brown.”

Keri kicks off her tour with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lloyd, and Far East Movement on July 13th in Hartford, CT. For a full list of tour dates and news, check out Keri’s official site,

A teaser of the interview and a clip of her performance at has since been removed.

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