Erika Nuri

Whether inventing savvy hooks for shimmering pop hits, conjuring up commanding melodies for beat-driven R&B, or interjecting edgy emphasis into razor-sharp rock, songwriter Erika Nuri defies genres and borders to collaborate on an impressive roster of captivating hit songs.

As a founding member of The Writing Camp (TWC), the Hollywood-based songwriting, production, publishing and music supervision collective, Nuri's finger rests firmly on the pulse of what drives the modern music business. She avows that her greatest strengths as a songwriter are in creating concepts and devising lyrics.

Her recent successes include the #2 charting UK single “Champion” by Chipmunk, featuring Chris Brown, a track also featured on the deluxe version of Brown's The F.A.M.E. Moving over 270K units in its first week alone, the song promises to have an enduring future as an adrenaline-infused sports theme.

Nuri also collaborated on “Why Not Me” and “Dirty Dancer” - a track featuring Usher -from Enrique Iglesias' seventh #1 Latin album, Euphoria. And “Without A Fight,” recorded by Janelle Monáe, is a highlight on the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls.

With a summer 2011 debut, Platinum Hit, (Bravo) is a television series and songwriting competition that promises to illuminate the world of professional songwriting. Nuri, along with The Writing Camp's Evan Bogart and David “DQ” Quinones, is an executive producer on the series hosted by singer/songwriter Jewel and songwriter/producer/American Idol alumni judge Kara DioGuardi.

Nuri has recently been in the studio with Brian Kennedy and production teams Dre & Vidal (U.S); Parker & James; Harmony (both UK); Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk; and Quiz & Larossi (Sweden). Signed to music publishing powerhouse Kobalt, Nuri, based in Los Angeles, maintains a packed schedule of writing appointments in Stockholm and London. She also excels down under: “Friday to Sunday,” recorded by Australia's Got Talent winners Justice Crew, was certified platinum in its 10th week of release.

Born in New York, Erika, whose father was a music industry executive, spent time in Atlanta before relocating to Los Angeles, signing a co-publishing deal with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds' company and garnering cuts with K-Ci & Jo Jo, Chingy (featuring Janet Jackson), B2K, and penning “Fatal” for J. Holiday. After a brief hiatus from the business, she rebounded with an eight week #1 Billboard hit, the two-time Grammy-nominated “When I See You” performed by Fantasia.

As a co-founding member of The Writing Camp, Nuri is deeply involved with the company's publishing ambitions, bringing Eric Bellinger to the collective's attention. (The young writer recently achieved two co-writes on Chris Brown's The F.A.M.E.) “The first thing I tell the new writers we work with is, “Treat everybody with respect,'” she says. “Success is 33 percent talent, 33 percent work ethic and 33 percent relationships: And they are all equally important.”

It doesn't take a mathematician to compute the above equation and realize one percent is unaccounted for. With Erika Nuri, this might be magic. “I would love to be nominated again for a Grammy and to win,” she says. “I also want to continue building our publishing company and watch other writers' dreams come true - to be able to facilitate that and be a part of changing someone's life is my dream come true.”

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Posted on May 03, 2012
Posted May 03 2012
The Writing Camp's Eric Bellinger wrote upcoming single Lemme See off Usher's newest album to be out in June 2012. Aside from Lemme See, Bellinger will be involved in additional tracks on the album as well as songwriting for Justin Bieber and Chris Brown in 2012.
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