Coming to town

Skylar Grey: I’m inspired by the great outdoors


Don’t expect to see Skylar Grey milling around downtown Miami while in town for her New Year’s Eve gig at the SLS Hotel South Beach.

“I hate cities. I hate crowds,” said the singer-songwriter, 27. “They’re annoying. I prefer wide, open spaces. That’s where I find my creativity.”

Naturally, Grey, who originally hails from Wisconsin, wouldn’t dream of living in Los Angeles, even though that’s where many of her famous collaborators like Eminem and Rihanna spend a good chunk of time.

Nope, it’s Park City, Utah, for the snowboarder and outdoorswoman who came up with one of her most recognizable songs, 2010’s Love You the Way You Lie, while tucked away by her lonesome in a cabin in Oregon.

Grey explained that she had to retreat to the woods to “feel alive.”

“I had a downward-spiral thing happening. I needed to face my fears and feel capable as a woman and go through the process. I kind of vibed out there by myself to figure out what I wanted from life.”

Whatever works for this Grammy-nominated, multi-instrumentalist whose second studio album Don’t Look Down dropped over the summer. She’s obviously doing something right.

“I can play anything if you put it in front of me, even though I’m not super great. I’m efficient. I come from a musical family and have, like, a natural sensibility.”

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve party with headliner Robin Thicke can be purchased at and start at $500.

Madeleine Marr

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Celebrity birthdays on April 25

    Actor Al Pacino is 74. “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman is 70. Actress Talia Shire is 68. Actor Hank Azaria is 50. Singer Andy Bell of Erasure is 50. Former “Early Show” host Jane Clayson is 47. Actress Gina Torres is 45. Actress Renee Zellweger is 45. Actor Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”) is 44. Singer Jacob Underwood (O-Town) is 34. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm (“Sonny With a Chance”) is 18.

  • Billboard Latin Music Awards

    Andrea Bocelli: I was destined to sing

    Talk about an OMG moment for anyone who didn’t know that global superstar Andrea Bocelli kept a lair in South Florida. The famed Italian tenor showed up on Sunday for a solo hymn at Easter services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Miami Beach.

  • At the movies

    Jared Harris: Olivia Cooke did something ‘special’ in The Quiet Ones

    Olivia Cooke is doing just fine, though the actress didn’t look it in The Quiet Ones, out Friday.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category