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Skyler Jett

Skyler Jett
Born Oakland, California, United States
Genres R&B, soul
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Record Producer
Instruments Singing, Percussion, piano/keyboards
Years active 1972–present
Website www.skylerjett.com

Skyler Jett is a singer who has worked with many top musicians, such as Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin. He also was briefly the lead singer in The Commodores, touring with them around the world. He is Grammy recognized for his performance with Celine Dion in "My Heart Will Go On".[1]

Early life

Skyler Jett was born in Oakland, California, in the 1950s. He comes from a musical family, with his grandmother, mother and aunt all gospel vocalists. Skyler's aunt, Elsie Davis, was the first black woman to hire entertainment for San Francisco's Presidio Army base where she booked famous musicians and bands like Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr, Bing Crosby, The Rat Pack and many others.

Skyler's uncles, Arif Khatib and Capus Hope were also Promoters and Personal Managers for artist such as Ike and Tina Turner and jazz acts including Donald Byrd and The Blackbyrds, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Pharoah Sanders, Michael White and many others in the '60s.

Music career

As a child, Skyler started singing in church and by age ten he fell in love with jazz and R&B. By age thirteen he was performing on stages all over the SF Bay Area and traveling up and down the northern states and Canada. Just out of high school, Skyler moved to New Jersey for three years gigging up and down the coast opening for superstars like Bruce Springsteen. Following those formative years on the road Skyler turned to rock music and fostered his talents as a song writer.

In 1980 Jett moved back to Hollywood and in 1982 and 1983 replaced Lionel Richie as the lead singer for The Commodores, touring the world and performing in over 32 countries in a two year span. He later moved back to the Bay Area and soon became one of the finest 'first call' session singers, recording over 2000 songs with a variety of producers. In 1998 he landed the gig of a lifetime singing background on one of the most well known theme songs of all time: "My Heart Will Go On" with Celine Dion for the film Titanic. Other notable movies Skyler has sung on include: Ghost Dad with Bill Cosby; A Smile Like Yours with Greg Kinnear; Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr; License To Kill 007 with Gladys Knight and Big Bully with Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold.

Skyler Jett is also a highly accomplished background vocal arranger, songwriter and producer arranging background vocals on tracks such as Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman" for the film The Body Guard. He is also a lyricist and his works can be found on albums by Al Jarreau, Eddie Murphy, Patti Austin, Tevin Campbell, The Commodores and Lenny Williams.

Skyler is the Entertainment Alliance Director for Ad Publishing, a California-based company promoting online music marketing. He also co-owns First Kiss Records.[2] He is also co-owner of NAR - New Artist Radio, an online radio station dedicated to promoting new artists.

Environmentalism

Skyler is committed to the environment and to bringing awareness of Green issues through his music and throughout the entertainment industry. In 2008, the moment Al Gore was presented the Nobel Peace Prize, Skyler was inspired to compose the song "Think Green," which attempts to describe the state of our planet.[3]

In 2007, Skyler Jett created a music video for "Think Green" with Advanced Media Directing Producer Mr. Philip Cacayorin. Cacayorin played guitar on the music piece, and mastered the song. He also directed, shot, produced and engineered the video.

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