Holly Brook Hafermann (born February 23, 1986), better known by her stage name Skylar Grey (formerly Holly Brook), is a Grammy-nominated American multi-instrumental singer, songwriter and record producer. Grey was signed to Machine Shop Recordings and performed on "Where'd You Go" by Fort Minor under the name Holly Brook. She released her debut album Like Blood Like Honey in 2006. She co-wrote the three versions of "Love the Way You Lie" with Alex Da Kid who signed her to his Wonderland Music label. She was featured as a guest vocalist on Diddy-Dirty Money's single "Coming Home", Dr. Dre's and Eminem's "I Need a Doctor" and Lupe Fiasco's "Words I Never Said"
Grey performed professionally as a child in a folk duo with her mother called Generations. Together, (with producer/engineer Randy Green) they independently produced three albums, "Dream Maker", "Lift Me", and "Millennial Child/Waiting For You". Grey started her first band at the age of fifteen after 'sneaking' into bars, working with jazz musicians including Jeff Eckles, Tim Whalen and Leo Sidran in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 2003, Grey moved to Los Angeles and recorded a demo, which led to her being signed by Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson to the band's vanity label, Machine Shop Recordings, at age 18 in the fall of 2004. Skylar's voice was featured on the Fort Minor song by Mike Shinoda "Where'd You Go". Working with producer Jonathan Ingoldsby, Skylar Grey released her debut album, Like Blood Like Honey, on June 6, 2006. She landed opening spots for tours with Jamie Cullum, KD Lang, Daniel Powter, Teddy Geiger and Duncan Sheik.
In 2009, Grey lent both her song "It's Raining Again" and her image to a promotional campaign for Ciao Water. Prior to this, Grey has appeared on albums by other artists, including Brie Larson's Finally Out of P.E., Apathy's Wanna Snuggle?, and Fort Minor's The Rising Tied. Grey has toured with as part of Duncan Sheik's band, and appears heavily on his 2009 album Whisper House. At the beginning in 2010 she also performed in the theatrical version of "Whisper House," playing one of the two lead ghost vocalists along with David Poe. Also in 2010, she self-released the seven-song "O'Dark:Thirty EP," produced by Duncan Sheik and Jon Ingoldsby.
Producer Alex da Kid signed her to a production deal on his Wonderland Music imprint. She helped write sections of all three versions of "Love the Way You Lie" by rapper Eminem and Rihanna as well as performing the demo for the song. Grey earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year for her writing contributions to "Love the Way You Lie". She also co-wrote Diddy-Dirty Money's "Coming Home", along with "Castle Walls" by T.I. and Christina Aguilera. She is also a featured guest on "I Need a Doctor". Grey is also featured on Lupe Fiasco's third studio album Lasers, on the second single, "Words I Never Said". Grey made her live performance debut under her new alias during the 53rd Grammy Awards, performing "I Need a Doctor" alongside Eminem and Dr. Dre.
She is currently working on her solo studio album with Alex Da Kid.