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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 hydebeach.com and start at $500.

Madeleine Marr

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