— Skylar Grey, who co-wrote the hugely successful “Love the Way You Lie” for Eminem and Rihanna,
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — “Love The Way You Lie” entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the number-two position in July 2010 and then spent the next seven weeks at number one. For Skylar Grey, the co-writer of the career-milestone hit for Eminem and Rihanna that ultimately garnered five GRAMMY® nominations and won a Teen Choice® Award for top Rap/Hip-Hop Track, it was a defining moment. Since then, the award-wining composer has set her sights on new career highs, and for her technical needs to make that happen, Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the business-to-business (B2B) division of Guitar Center providing highly customized service for professional accounts, has been there for her. With more hit tracks written for and with top artists – and as a guest vocalist on such tracks as Dr. Dre's “I Need a Doctor,” Fort Minor's “Where'd You Go,” Diddy's “Coming Home,” T.I.'s “New National Anthem” and Nicki Minaj's “Bed of Lies” – the Park City, Utah resident has been helping make hits for years. She’s already on tour in 2016, and much of the backline her band uses was sourced through Guitar Center, while GC Pro has been her go-to resource for professional live gear, such as the Shure in-ear monitors she and the band use, along with the Behringer X-32 console used to mix them, as well as an Akai sampler and a MOTU interface. On the recording side, GC Pro has sourced items such as Focal loudspeakers for her needs. “Skylar started at Guitar Center for instruments, such as the custom Gretsch drum kit and road cases she got there, but as their professional audio needs grew, GC Pro stepped into the picture for them,” explains Jud Powell, GC Pro Account Manager based at the Salt Lake City GC Pro office. “Skylar is an amazing songwriter and singer, and she’s been expanding the scope of her career, with touring and with a vocal studio for her home, which we helped design and build. As her career continues to develop, GC Pro will be there for her.” Todd Mandel, President of the Mandel Music Group, Grey’s management company, says GC Pro has become integral to their workflow. “Since relocating to Park City from Los Angeles, it was imperative that we found someone who worked on the pro level for both studio recording and touring,” Mandel explains. “Jud has such an amazing understanding of gear and has been able to fulfill all of our needs. We have been able to get gear in a short notice with a quick turnaround, which is helpful in our situation. As Skylar continues to grow, her needs will only become greater. With GC Pro being in every city, we will always rely on them to get us what we need for both recording and touring.” This, says Powell, provides the perfect example of how GC Pro can address all of the needs of the professional client and build a relationship that helps build careers. “We’re there for sales and service, as a technology guide and, in the long run, as friends,” he says. For more information, please visit http://www.guitarcenter.com/GC-Pro/.