Artist Spotlight: Ester Dean

By Tyler Clark

You may know her as Cynthia Rose from the 2012 box office delight Pitch Perfect or as the guest vocalist on MGK’s smash hit “Invincible.” One way or another most music fans have been in contact with Ester Dean’s work. Dean is one of the most sought after songwriters in pop music today. Responsible for hits like Christina Aguilera’s “Not Myself Tonight,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been,” and Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It,” Dean has earned herself numerous Billboard Top 10s and five Grammy nominations.

Ester Dean was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on April 15, 1986. She moved from state to state before settling in Los Angeles, California, where her musical career took off. She was soon after introduced to Polow da Don and signed with Zone 4 Records, a joint venture with Interscope Records. Dean developed her songwriting catalog and recorded a few of her own tracks.

     Her first single, “Drop It Low” (produced by Polow da Don), was originally meant for Britney Spears’s Femme Fatale, but Dean decided to record it herself in 2009. It was featured on the soundtrack for the LeBron James documentary More Than A Game and the song peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2011, Dean signed a management deal with Roc Nation and began writing her debut album. That same year “Super Bass” by NIcki Minaj was released, which was co-written by Dean. The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. She made her voice acting debut in Rio (also recording 2 songs for the soundtrack) and Ice Age: Continental Drift. Her acting debut was in 2012’s Pitch Perfect. The movie was a huge success. Pitch Perfect accumulated $115 million in total box office sales worldwide and $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales in the United States alone.

With this much success in her early career, the future is bright for Ester Dean. Though her debut album has no release date, audiences can enjoy her voice when she plays Cynthia Rose again in Pitch Perfect 2. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters May 15, 2015.