• With “Natural Causes,” Grey, 30, says she “just wanted to make an album for me.
I didn’t have as much pressure on me as the last time around (2013’s “Can’t Look Down”), so it was really just about being free creatively and doing what I felt.
One of those new tracks will be the Eminem-featured single "C'mon Let Me Ride," set to debut December 11 with an accompanying video.
"Usually what happens is that I'll come up with an idea, or I'll have a piece of a song, and then I'll go to Detroit and play it for him or play a few different things for him," Grey said, breaking down the recording process with Em.
"Ever since we started working together, I've been playing him some of my music, and he just slowly became more involved, so we made it official," Grey exclusively told MTV News, after it was announced that Em would oversee her LP.
The Wisconsin native has been working on her album for a few years now, explaining that the oldest song on the album was penned about two years ago, while the most recent one was recorded only last week.
A lot of new artists find early blog support and You Tube subscribers essential to the ride.
Then there's artists like Skylar Grey who blow up in that split-second, WTF, where-did-they-come-from, sort of way.
Born Holly Brook Hafemann in Wisconsin, Grey sang in a folk duo called Generations with her mother before going solo when she was 14, then moving to Los Angeles at 17 -- where she got a deal with Linkin Park’s Machine Shop Records as Holly Brook.
Along the way, however, songwriting became her calling card.
"There's pieces of [the song and video] that are sarcastic, because I'm a very serious person most of the time, but there's also parts of it that show who I really am versus who a lot of other girls are. "The whole album is very multifaceted and shows a lot of different sides of my personality#8212; including the more melancholy stuff that people know me better for — but I'm also showing this more fun sarcastic side of my personality that I've never shown in my music before, so you get to see all of it." Look out for "C'mon Let Me Ride" on December 11.
Being a performing artist in her own right was always Skylar Grey’s goal.
If you were watching television this weekend, there's a decent chance you saw Skylar Grey.