Sean Garrett

Garrett Robin Hamler, better known professionally as Sean Garrett, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer. Garrett is responsible for a series of chart-topping compositions, most notably Usher's "Yeah!" which ranks second on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade for 2000–2009, and other songs written by him which include Ciara's breakout track "Goodies", Teairra Marí's debut single "Make Her Feel Good", Mario's single "Break Up", Nicki Minaj's first single "Massive Attack", Pussycat Dolls's hit single "Buttons" and Britney Spears' "Toy Soldier".

Sean Garrett
Birth nameGarrett Robin Hamler
Also known asThe Pen
BornAtlanta, Georgia
GenresHip hop, pop
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • singer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards
Years active2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
WebsiteTwitter

Garrett has produced eighteen number-one singles in seven years of producing music, putting him in fifth place on the Billboard list of producers with the most number-one hits. Garrett is the first producer to achieve this measure of success in under a decade since George Martin, who produced 20 number-one hits for The Beatles in 6 12 years from 1964 to 1970. He is also the only active hip hop producer that is mentioned on the Billboard list of producers with the most number-one hits.

Garrett is in a production duo with Swizz Beatz, and together they produced several Beyoncé singles: "Ring the Alarm", "Get Me Bodied", "Upgrade U", "Check on It", "Diva" and "Video Phone". He also writes often over productions by Polow da Don and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.[1]

Early life

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he moved with his family to Europe when he was four. His father was in the U.S. military and they never stayed long in one place. He transferred between army bases across Germany and England. He performed in talent shows that led to a recording contract with Ariola or BMG when he was 17 ("Sean Garrett – Bio, CDs and Vinyl at Discogs"). A few years later when he returned to the U.S. and began writing and recording songs. Garrett insisted he was an artist, not a songwriter but went back to school, graduated from college with an A.A. degree in business from the University of Maryland's program in (Germany). He then took a job as a mortgage broker in South Carolina.

Career

Solo

Garrett embarked on a career as a performer. His debut album, Turbo 919, was released June 21, 2008 on his Bet I Penned It Music imprint, through Interscope Records. (Garrett's catch-phrase, which is featured in multiple songs he has produced, is "Smash on the radio, bet I penned it".)

Ludacris appeared on Garrett's debut single, "Grippin'". In return, Garrett was featured on Ludacris's "What Them Girls Like", alongside Chris Brown. He also wrote and produced a song called "I Did It for Love" for Korean pop star BoA for her first eponymous English album. Garrett is featured and appears in the music video. In March 2010, Garrett released the first single from his mixtape The Inkwell, "Get It All", which features Nicki Minaj. The lead single for Garrett's 2011 album previously titled Courtesy Of, was released February 4, 2011, featuring J. Cole entitled "Feel Love". In April 2011 the single entitled "In da Box" featuring Rick Ross was released.

Discography

Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Turbo 919
  • Released: August 28, 2007
  • Label: Bet I Penned It Music, Interscope Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
12
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
The Inkwell[2]
  • Released: August 24, 2010[3]
  • Hosted by DJ Green Lantern
  • Formats: Free download
  • Label: Bet I Penned It Music, Interscope Records

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[4]
US R&B
"Grippin'"
(featuring Ludacris)
2007 40 Turbo 919
"6 in the Morning"
"Lay Up Under Me" 2008
"Get It All"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
2010 83 The Inkwell
"Feel Love"
(featuring J. Cole)
2011 49 Non-album singles
"In da Box"
(featuring Rick Ross)
54
"Twilight Zone"
(featuring Trey Songz and Future)
2013
"Anytime"
(featuring Migos)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap US Dance
"What Them Girls Like"
(Ludacris featuring Chris Brown and Sean Garrett)
2008 33178 Theater of the Mind
"Away"
(Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Garrett)
1 Greatest Hits
"I Did It for Love"
(BoA featuring Sean Garrett)
2009 19 BoA
"Break Up"
(Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett)
142 DNA
"Massive Attack"
(Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett)
2010 12262 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B
US
Rap
"Up in My Heart"
(featuring Gucci Mane)
2009 102 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Street Light" 2008 Plies Da REAList
"Rock You" Jesse McCartney Departure

Songwriting

Awards and nominations

References

  1. "Sean Garrett | Artist | www.grammy.com". Grammy Award.
  2. "Sean Garrett – The Inkwell Hosted by Dj Green Lantern // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. August 24, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  3. Sean Garrett ‒ The Inkwell (Mixtape) | Advent Outpost at the Wayback Machine (archived August 28, 2010)
  4. Sean Garrett Billboard
  5. "2009 Soul Train Awards". Rap-Up. November 4, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
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